There is an interesting products liability case going to the Pennsylvania court. The products liability suit, being filed by a woman from another state, is being brought against companies that develop and distribute pelvic mesh implants. The plaintiff claims the implant that was surgically inserted in her body was defective.
The woman had been suffering with pelvic floor prolapse and underwent the surgical procedure to have the device implanted. She has since experienced varied and persistent pains and injuries from what she asserts is a defective device. Her suit alleges that the device is still on the market even after complications were exposed not only from other patients, but also the doctors who have implanted the device, and that the companies involved in the manufacture of the device knowingly marketed and distributed a defective device. The suit also alleges neither sufficient testing nor research has been performed to perceive the possible outcomes of the function of the implant.
The device was designed and marketed to help women suffering from varying female health complications. It seems that the success rate for the device is actually fairly low and many women have experienced permanent damage after the insertion of the implant. The plaintiff claims that other forms of treatment would be just as effective and not hold the potential for injury that the pelvic mesh implant poses.
The lawsuit alleges many counts against the companies involved in the manufacture and distribution of the implant. The woman is requesting monetary compensation for her injuries as well as for other financial losses and has asked for a jury trial. Pennsylvania residents that have suffered this or another type of medical injury due to products liability may benefit from exploring their options for restitution.
Source: The Pennsylvania Record, "J&J, others named in pelvic mesh product liability claim filed in Phila.," Jon Campisi, June 6, 2013