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According to allegations raised in a product liability lawsuit brought by a Louisiana man, the Covidien Parietx Progrip hernia mesh is unreasonably dangerous and defective, causing him to suffer painful complications following hernia repair.
The complaint (PDF) was filed late last month by Jason Bruce in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, naming C.R. Bard, Davol, Inc, Medtronic Inc. and Covidien as defendants.
Bruce indicates that Parietex Progrip Mesh was used during to repair a right inguinal hernia in June 2016. However, as a result of problems with the design of the hernia mesh, Bruce indicates that he developed severe pain and swelling, as well as problems walking, which led to the need for additional surgery to have the hernia mesh patch removed.
“The product has numerous defects that create a high risk of unreasonable and dangerous injuries and side effects with severe permanent adverse health consequences including that the material in the Product abrades tissues adversely affecting patient health and regularly fail to perform the purpose of its implantation such that the patient requires repair and/or removal of the Product and repeated treatment and surgery,” the lawsuit states. “Prior to the time that the Product was implanted in Plaintiff, Defendants were aware of numerous defects in the Product. Despite being aware of the numerous defects and unreasonable ricks in the Product, Defendants designed, manufactured, marketed, and distributed the Product with the intent they would be implanted in patients.”
According to the lawsuit, the manufacturers were aware of numerous reports of problems with Parietex Progrip Mesh long before Bruce’s hernia repair. However, they never adequately informed the medical community or patients of those injuries and the potential problems with their product, the lawsuit claims.
Bruce’s complaint is one of a growing number of hernia mesh lawsuits being filed against various mesh manufacturers, alleging that serious design problems were discovered after thousands of people had defective mesh implanted in their body.
Bruce presents claims of construction or composition defect, inadequate warning, design defect, breach of warranty, and redhibition, seeking compensatory and punitive damages.