Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit filed in Texas

Ryan Green | May 21st, 2012

A Texas woman has filed a transvaginal mesh lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Carolyn R. Hammett filed her complaint against Ethicon, Inc. on May 9, 2012. She alleges that the New Jersey-based medical device manufacturer was negligent in the design and marketing of two vaginal mesh products: the Gynecare Prolift and the Gynecare TVT Secur. Both products were designed to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse (POP), common conditions that affect millions of women.

According to Hammett’s multi-count transvaginal mesh lawsuit complaint, Ethicon knew or should have known that the devices were defective and unreasonably dangerous, and likely to “knot” when used in a reasonably foreseeable manner.

Vaginal mesh complications continued even after two procedures

Hammett was implanted with Ethicon’s Gynecare Prolift vaginal mesh system in December of 2008 as a treatment for stress urinary incontinence. After the procedure, her symptoms reportedly worsened. She underwent a second procedure in February of 2009, when another Ethicon vaginal mesh system, the Gynecare TVT Secur, was implanted.

Over the next two years, Hammett’s urinary tract and bladder symptoms allegedly grew steadily worse. She suffered incontinence, spotting, urinary tract infections, and pain during intercourse. In 2011, she consulted a new physician and learned for the first time that Ethicon’s vaginal mesh implant was responsible for her continued health problems. These devices have been associated with significant vaginal mesh complications, including vaginal mesh erosion, extrusion, infection, perforation, and chronic pain.

Transvaginal mesh lawsuit seeks multiple damages

In her transvaginal mesh lawsuit, Hammett allegedly anticipates future medical procedures to alleviate her symptoms and repair the damage caused by the mesh devices.

According to her complaint, Hammett has already incurred significant medical expenses for hospital bills, surgical fees, anesthesia expenses, doctor’s fees, prescription medication, and pain medication. She also seeks damages for embarrassment, physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, disability, loss of enjoyment of life, and physical impairment. Her complaint seeks compensatory and punitive damages for her vaginal mesh complications in an amount exceeding $75,000.