24 women sue claiming defective hernia mesh products

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Sep. 30, 2013, 1:59pm

SHERMAN - Twenty-four women have filed a lawsuit against the manufacturers of hernia mesh products claiming they suffered serious injuries from defects with the mesh.

Sandra Corless, Barbara Adams, Edward Arias, Marie Armeli, Sonia Calderon, Rebecca Jo Cornwell, Tyrone Gilbert, Kristen Greenfield, David Hart, Kathleen Holbert, Lawrence Hough, Michelle Miller, Patricia Millican, Donna Marie Murphy, Loyola Rodriguez, Deborah Santee, Ruth Slatky, Bertha A. Smith, Misty Stanfield, Kerry Swartz, Sandra Tauber, Barbara Terrell, Lisa Turley and Gail Wilkie filed suit against Davol Inc. and C. R. Bard Inc. on Sept. 27 in the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division. 

The plaintiffs were implanted with the mesh products in order to repair hernias. According to the lawsuit, the individuals experienced injuries from the patches that included pain, infections, abscesses, bowel obstructions, sepsis and chronic intestinal fistulae.  According to the lawsuit, the mesh products were inadequate or insufficient to maintain its integrity during normal use after implantation in the patient.

The defendants are accused of negligence in connection with the design, development, manufacture, testing, packaging, promotion, marketing, distribution, labeling, and/or sale of hernia mesh products, including the Composix Kugel Hernia Patch, the Composix E/X Hernia Patch, the Composix L/P Hernia Patch and the Ventralex Hernia Patch.

The defendants are further accused of failing to warn, breach of express warranty and breach of implied warranty.

The lawsuit is seeking an award of damages for mental and physical pain and suffering, permanent injury, medical expenses, financial or economic loss, lost income, punitive damages, attorney’s fees, interest and court costs.

The plaintiffs are represented by Tim K. Goss and Tamara L. Banno of Freese & Goss PLLC in Dallas.

A jury trial is requested.

Case No. 4:13-cv-00575

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