Four years after her long medical nightmare began, a woman has been awarded $5 million in her lawsuit against New Jersey-based C.R. Bard Inc., the manufacturer of the vaginal mesh device that has caused her significant pain and injury. The personal injury attorneys representing the hundreds of other injured women that have filed product liability lawsuits believe that it signals success for their clients in the pending consolidated cases against Bard, Johnson & Johnson, Boston Scientific Corp. and others, which are scheduled to go to trial early next year.
The mother of a New Jersey boy who took his own life after enduring bullying and threats from schoolmates is reportedly suing his school district for wrongful death, claiming that district officials did not do enough to stop the bullying and protect her son.
Earlier this week, a unit of New Jersey-based Johnson & Johnson announced that it planned to discontinue sales of its vaginal mesh implants. The company denies that the decision was made in response to the product liability lawsuits that have been filed in connection with the mesh, but that the "negative overall publicity about vaginal mesh devices" motivated the discontinuation.
The family of a New Jersey woman who was hit by a car and killed in 2010 has filed a lawsuit against the nursing care facility from which the woman allegedly escaped on the night she died. In their lawsuit, the family alleges that the nursing home was negligent in allowing the woman to escape, especially given their knowledge of her mental disorders and the fact that she was at an elevated risk of leaving the facility without warning.
The wife of a New Jersey construction worker who was killed when he was struck by lightning on the job has reportedly filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the construction companies that employed her husband. In her suit, the wife alleges that the companies' on-site safety personnel had failed to sufficiently monitor the weather conditions that ultimately caused her husband's death.
A former radiology technician is facing both criminal charges and multiple civil personal injury lawsuits for allegedly falsifying the results of more than 1,000 mammogram tests over the span of 16 months. Of 1,289 mammograms for which the technician entered a negative result, 10 were actually positive. As a result, those 10 women suffered delayed breast cancer diagnoses and significant harm to their health and prognoses.
Although this case did not take place in New Jersey, it provides a unique example of the potentially life-changing harm that can take place following a misdiagnosis of breast cancer. Normally, plaintiffs file medical malpractice lawsuits after doctors have failed to properly diagnose them, causing them to wait to seek treatment until their diseases are irreversibly advanced.
Earlier this week, we talked about the loophole in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's 510(k) medical device approval process which reportedly allowed for the approval of a vaginal mesh product manufactured by New Jersey-based Johnson & Johnson. Recently, members of the U.S. House of Representatives proposed a bill which, if passed, would close that loophole, effectively preventing devices based on dangerous, previously-recalled medical products from being approved by the FDA.
Last month, a jury ordered coffee giant Starbucks to pay several million dollars to a man who suffered lasting brain injuries as a result of a fall on a Starbucks retail store's wet floor in 2008. Starbucks did not dispute the man's slip-and-fall injury or the fact that the company was responsible for it.
Earlier this month, a state appeals court ordered Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., to pay $10 million to a truck driver who suffered severe injuries while making a delivery to a Wal-Mart retail store. Wal-Mart appealed the initial verdict, denying that it was responsible for the truck driver's injury, but the appellate court affirmed the verdict.