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A product liability lawsuit filed in New Jersey federal court indicates that problems with the Bard Ventralight hernia patch caused a California many to suffer severe internal injuries, after the mesh became so entangled in his body that it cannot be removed.
The complaint (PDF), was filed by Jesus Nunez and his wife Virginia Nunez on March 21, indicating that C.R. Bard, Inc. and it’s Bard Davol, Inc. subsidiary manufactured and sold a defectively designed hernia patch, which was unreasonably dangerous given the utility of the product and risk of complications involved in it’s use.
Jesus Nunez indicates that his surgeons implanted a Bard Ventralight ST Hernia Patch in March 2016, during a ventral hernia repair procedure. However, after the operation he continued to suffer chronic abdominal pain, contracted several infections, and had fluid draining from the umbilicus.
“The mesh continues to cause chronic abdominal pain, infections, and fissures,” Nunez’s lawsuit states. “The mesh requires surgical removal, but cannot be removed.”
The case raises allegations similar to those presented in a growing number of other hernia patch lawsuits filed against Bard and other manufacturers in recent months, alleging that certain mesh designs introduced in recent years pose a much higher risk of complications and failure than consumers and the medical community are told.
“The Product was made of materials which are biologically incompatible with human tissue and react negatively and sometimes dangerously with a large number of those on whom it is used,” the lawsuit indicates. “Defendants knew or should have known that their Product was unreasonably harmful.”
Nunez’s lawsuit presents claims of negligence, design defect, manufacturing defect, failure to warn, breach of warranty and violation of consumer protection laws. His wife presents claims of loss of consortium.
In addition to cases involving Bard Ventralight, similar allegations are presented in hundreds of Bard Ventralex mesh lawsuits and claims over other polypropylene products, including Atrium C-Qur lawsuits and Ethicon Physiomesh lawsuits.