Man claims Covidien gastrectomy device caused wife's death

Annie Cosby Mar. 28, 2014, 2:13pm

A Jefferson County man is suing a surgical products manufacturer over claims a faulty medical device caused his wife's death.

Richard Peltier filed a lawsuit March 14 in the Jefferson County District Court against Covidien LP and Dr. Jerome Schrapps citing wrongful death. 

According to the complaint, on March 26, 2012, Peltier's wife, Sharon Peltier, underwent an open sleeve gastrectomy by Dr. Schrapps at Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth using a stapling device designed and sold by Covidien.

Richard Peltier says the next day Sharon Peltier experienced pain and it was found the staple line had separated, which he alleges resulted in her death on April 5, 2012.

Richard Peltier is seeking damages within the jurisdictional limits of the court.

He is being represented in the case by attorney B. Adam Terrell of Weller, Green, Toups & Terrell LLP in Beaumont.

Jefferson County District Court Case No. D195-501

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed in the Jefferson County District Court. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note, a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it only represents one side of the story.

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