When products are labeled as safe for consumers, we should not have to worry about them causing harm to ourselves or our families. However, we know that many defective products make it to the market each year. Today, we want to discuss a major lawsuit brought by the California attorney general against Johnson & Johnson regarding their pelvic mesh. When you need a San Diego product liability attorney, you can count on Edward “Skip” Babbitt to be by your side, fighting to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
What Is Going on With These Devices?
The California Attorney General’s Office is involved in the first pelvic mesh trial brought by a state attorney general. Attorneys for California say that Johnson & Johnson “deceived up to 50,000 California women and doctors into treating incontinence and organ prolapse with the risky treatment.” They have asked for almost $1 billion in damages from the company.
The bench trial is just getting underway, and California Deputy Attorney General Jinsook Ohta told the superior court during opening arguments that Ethicon Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company, used deceptive marketing practices. He says that many of the women diagnosed with problems these pelvic meshes are meant to fix are common “lifestyle conditions that are not life-threatening.”
Ethicon, he says, “chose to deceive doctors and patients” by failing to disclose the dangerous risks associated with pelvic mesh surgical procedures. These risks can include:
Chronis foreign body reaction
Formation of stiff scar tissue which causes chronic pain
Painful sex or sexual disfunction
We agree when Ohta says that treatment for a condition should not introduce complications more serious than the original condition. Ohta says that, when people came forward about complications, they were ignored by Johnson & Johnson. They say the company blamed the doctors, women, and anything else rather than accept the blame themselves.
Medical devices must all be approved for use by the US Food and Drug Administration. However, just because something is approved for use does not mean it is risk-free. Patients should always be told about the potential risks and complications that every device poses and be allowed to make an educated choice about their health.
We Are Ready to Help with Your Case
If you or a loved one have been injured due to a defective medical device, or any other faulty product, please seek legal assistance today. You can count on Edward “Skip” Babbitt to be by your side. Skip understands that these cases can become complex, but he will stop at nothing to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. This can include:
Cost of your current and future medical bills
Recovery of income lost if you are unable to work
Mental anguish damages
Loss of enjoyment of life damages
Punitive damages against a company or manufacturer