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Product liability suit filed in Texas over hernia mesh

Medical products are generally put through rigorous tests to determine their suitability for use before being placed on the market. Despite extensive testing, however, some products can still cause damage. When the use of any product causes injury, a products liability suit can be filed to seek compensation for damages that result from the product's use. This is the basis of claim in a recent lawsuit filed recently in a Texas court against the manufacturer of a hernia mesh material.

A woman who had the mesh material implanted in a surgical procedure in 2004 claims it serious injuries before it could be removed in 2011. On Nov. 19, the Louisiana woman filed suit in the Eastern District of Texas. She's seeking damages and court costs, including attorney's fees and interest.

Her suit against the manufacturers of the mesh, Davol Inc. and C.R. Bard Inc., alleges that the product was improperly manufactured and contained design defects that made it unsuitable for safe use. She also claims that the company did not provide adequate warning of the possible complications that might occur related to implantation of the mesh. According to the woman, the complications she suffered as a result of the hernia patch included pain, intestinal perforations, bowel obstruction, sepsis, and multiple infections.

Consumers in the state of Texas have the legal right to a reasonable expectation of performance for any product sold on the market. If a defective product fails to perform as advertised, especially if it causes injury, then the consumer has the right to pursue compensation from the product's manufacturer.

Source: The Southeast Texas Record, "Louisiana woman sues hernia mesh manufacturers over complications," Michelle Keahey, Nov. 27, 2012

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