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People are Suing Ethicon, Maker of Physiomesh and Johnson & Johnson Subsidiary

Multi-district litigation is consolidating the hundreds of claims against Ethicon maker of Physiomesh hernia repair mesh

Monday, August 14, 2017 - If you or a loved one has been forced to undergo painful, dangerous, revision surgery to repair or replace the Ethicon Physiomesh hernia mesh you may be entitled to both compensatory damages and a potentially life-changing punitive damages settlement. Courts around the nation are now hearing cases against Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson for their negligence in failing to warn patients that their hernia repair mesh is made with an unproven and moreover untested material called Polypropylene, a substance that has been alleged to cause abscesses, infections and the mesh itself to become embedded in the underlying tissues making it difficult or impossible to surgically repair or remove.

In 2015, an Illinois man filed suit against Ethicon claiming that the Physiomesh that was permanently implanted in his abdomen was the cause of his constant, severe, abdominal pain, abscesses, and intestinal disorders causing him to require revision surgery to correct the faulty mesh and remove the infected tissue. Polypropylene material caused the abscess and infection resulting in the body's attempt to repair the damaged tissue. As a result, the mesh became encased in scar tissue from its attempt to heal the ongoing open wound at the site of the mesh. The lawsuit claims that the Polypropylene was not adequately pre-market tested and the Physiomesh was rushed to market. In addition, the plaintiff alleges that the Physiomesh is defective, unreasonably dangerous, and not suitable for implantation within the human body.

Plaintiffs in over 20 Physiamesh lawsuits have requested the courts to consider consolidation of the court proceedings in multi district litigation. It is their intention that such a consolidation of similar cases will help the cases to proceed more smoothly and quickly through the court system. There are currently Physiomesh lawsuits pending in Florida, Illinois, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusettes, South Carolina, Oklahoma and New Jersey. With over one-half of the 300,000-plus Physiomesh implant patients living in the United States, the number people who may file suit is expected to skyrocket. A centralized court for federal Physiomesh lawsuits hopes to conserve resources and avoid duplication of witnesses, discovery, and inconsistencies in court opinions.

Ethicon maker and marketer of the Physiomesh hernia repair system in question is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, a company with a checkered history of knowing about the dangers of their products and failing to warn consumers in a timely manner. The company has paid hundreds of millions of dollars in punitive damages to plaintiffs for the negligence in failing to warn consumers of the ovarian cancer dangers of its Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder and the premature failures of its hip and knee replacements systems. There can be little doubt that the company puts profits ahead of concern for the health and safety of the public, so when a company like Johnson & Johnson voluntarily pull a potential billion dollar product permanently off the market without being forced to do so, you can bet that high-level company executives know that the product has the potential to cause serious harm to patients.

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