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The failure of a Covidien Parietex composite hernia mesh caused a California woman to suffer severe and painful complications, resulting in a permanent injury following a hernia repair that has diminished her quality of life, according to allegations in a recent filed product liability lawsuit.
Danielle White filed the complaint (PDF) in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, indicating Medtronic, Inc. and it’s Covidien LP knew, or should have known, that the Perietex hernia mesh was defective and unreasonably dangerous, yet continued to manufacture and sell the product.
Covidien Parietex is a two-sided hernia mesh, which is commonly used during certain ventral hernia repairs. The composite mesh is coated with a protective, absorbable collagen barrier that is intended to prevent tissue attachment. However, the lawsuit alleges this barrier and other design elements actually result in a high rate of failure and hernia mesh complications.
White indicates she had a Parietex patch implanted during a laparoscopic ventral hernia repair in January 2018, and began to suffer abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and constipation shortly after. This has resulted in multiple trips to the Emergency Room, doctor visits and the need for heavy use of painkillers, due to irreversible injuries caused by the failure of the Covidien Parietex mesh.
The complaint raises claims similar to those presented in a number of other Covidien Parietex hernia mesh lawsuits being pursued by individuals who have experienced problems associated with the design, which plaintiffs allege is prone to unravel inside the body, resulting in its fibers migrating and causing inflammatory responses. It can also contract over time, according to the lawsuit, causing tension on tacks and sutures that result in tearing.
“Defendants claim that the Parietex Composite Mesh is coated with a protective absorbable collagen barrier to help prevent tissue attachment,” White’s lawsuit states. “However, the absorbable collagen barrier on the visceral side of Parietex Composite Mesh fails to protect the body from the hydrophilic three-dimensional polyester textile on the parietal side because the absorbable collagen barrier breaks down after coming in contact with moisture.”
White presents claims for manufacturing defect, negligence, breach of warranty, violation of federal and state consumer protection laws, negligent infliction of emotional distress, fraudulent concealment, and negligent misrepresentation, seeking both compensatory and punitive damages.
In addition to claims over problems with Parietex mesh, there are also a number of Bard hernia mesh lawsuits, Atrium C-Qur lawsuits and Ethicon Physiomesh lawsuits pending nationwide, leading to the federal court system to establish three separate centralized pretrial proceedings for litigation involving those products. However, there is currently no consolidated proceeding for the Covidien mesh lawsuits.