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March Pelvic Mesh Trial Ends in $35 Million Verdict Against Johnson & Johnson, Ethicon, Inc.

Earlier this month, after a nine-day trial an Indiana federal jury ruled in favor of a women who claimed she was damaged by her pelvic mesh implant. The $35 million jury verdict was handed down after it was ruled that the pelvic mesh implant was negligently designed as well as the failure of the manufacturers to adequately warn patients and medical professional of the negative risks or side effects that accompany their pelvic mesh implants.

The jury verdict in favor of the Indiana resident Barbara Kaiser came two weeks after the trial began. The breakdown of the $35 million verdict is: $10 million in compensatory damages and $25 million in punitive damages.

The injured party, Barbara Kaiser, was implanted with the Ethicon Prolift pelvic mesh in 2009 in order to treat her pelvic organ prolapse. Approximately two years after the procedure, she complained to her doctors of lower pelvic pain, groin spasms, bladder spasms among other issues. Doctors explained that the pain and negative side effects she was experiencing could be tied to the implant from the 2009 pelvic mesh procedure.

As a result, Kaiser sued Ethicon in 2012. According to the lawsuit, Kaiser claimed that Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Ethicon, Inc. concealed information regarding the pelvic mesh’s possible negative side effects, including frequent and debilitating follow-up procedures that are required due to the high complication and failure rates seen in the pelvic mesh procedures.

Kaiser’s complaint also claimed that the manufacturers did not use the necessary adequate methods of research and testing in order to properly evaluate the risks and negative side effects of Prolift mesh. Furthermore, her complaint explained that the Ethicon Prolift pelvic mesh caused injures, conditions and other types of damage that are severe and irreversible not only to Kaiser, but unfortunately to a significant number of women who underwent procedures in which they were implanted with the negligently designed Ethicon Prolift pelvic mesh.

If you or a loved one has experienced negative or unwanted outcomes due to pelvic mesh operations or revision surgery please contact the Naumes Law Group for a free consultation at 844-826-8445 or online at

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