TEXARKANA - A Linden woman has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturers of the medical device used to treat her pelvic organ prolapse,  claiming that the device caused her to suffer from serious side effects.

Carolyn S. Turner filed suit against Ethicon Inc., doing business as Gynecare Inc. and doing business as Ethicon Women’s Health and Urology, Ethicon and Johnson & Johnson on Nov. 30 in the Eastern District of Texas, Texarkana Division. Her husband, Doyce, is also a plaintiff in her suit.

Turner was implanted with the medical device Gynecare Prolift to treat pelvic organ prolapse. Turner claims the device caused her to suffer from incontinence, bleeding, dyspareunia, extrusion and significant mental and physical pain and suffering.

The product allegedly has a high failure rate, causes a high rate of infections and abscesses, vaginal erosions and extrusions, and a high rate of chronic pain, according to the lawsuit.

The defendant is accused of strict liability defective manufacture, defective design, marketing defect and failure to warn, negligence and breach of warranties.

Turner is seeking an award of damages, interest, court costs and attorney’s fees.

The plaintiffs are represented by Nicholas H. Patton and Courtney Towle of Patton, Tidwell & Schroeder in Texarkana.  A jury trial is requested.

Case No. 5:12-cv-00120

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