Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Feb. 25, 2013, 1:32pm

MARSHALL - Claiming the medical device used to treat her stress urinary incontinence is defective, Sheila Rhyne and her husband, Randall Rhyne, filed a lawsuit against Boston Scientific Corp. on Feb. 4 in the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division.

Sheila Rhyne was implanted with the Advantage Fit sling, a medical device used to treat stress urinary incontinence. She claims that the medical device caused severe and permanent bodily injury.

According to the lawsuit, the surgical mesh had numerous defects that made it unreasonable dangerous, including how it reacted to human tissue, how the mesh harbors infections, how the mesh migrates from the location of the implantation adversely affecting tissues and patient health, how the mesh allegedly abrades tissues adversely and how it regularly fails to perform the purpose of the implantation.

According to the allegations, the mesh causes adverse health consequences, which includes vaginal erosion, infection, extrusion, perforation, chronic pain or abscess.

The defendant is accused of strict liability, defective manufacture, defective design, marketing defect, negligence and breach of warranty.

The plaintiff is seeking an award of damages for medical expenses, physical pain and mental anguish, lost earnings, physical disfigurement, physical impairment, loss of household services, compensation for economic and non-economic losses, punitive damages, attorney’s fees, court costs and interest.

Rhyne is represented by M. Raymond Hatcher and Alan J. Robertson of Sloan, Bagley, Hatcher & Perry Law Firm in Longview.

U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:13-cv-00098

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