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Jury Awards More than $4.8 Million at Conclusion of Hernia Mesh Trial

surgery-ga9893dfa2_640In a recent decision, a jury has awarded over $4.8 million in the Ventralex hernia mesh path trial Trevino v. Davol Inc., Providence County Superior Court, Rhode Island, No. PC-2018-8437. The trial is believed to be the first hernia mesh case to go to trial in state court, and it was filed against manufacturers Davol Inc. and C.R. Bard. The jury came to its decision on August 29th, and with interest, the award may go up to $7.68 million. If you were injured by Ventralex hernia mesh or another brand of hernia mesh, you should consult the experienced product liability lawyers of Moll Law Group about whether you have a claim for damages arising out of defects in the mesh.

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Many plaintiffs have alleged that Ventralex hernia repair mesh, manufactured out of plastic polypropylene, has defects. After a month-long trial against its manufacturers, the jury delivered a verdict against them. The court ordered C.R. Bard Inc., a subsidiary of Becton, Dickinson and Co., to pay $4.8 million to the plaintiff, a man who experienced severe complications after the mesh was implanted. He said that the Ventralex hernia mesh embedded itself into his tissue, and that as a result of severe pain and inflammation, he needed to undergo corrective surgery.

Around 17,000 hernia mesh cases have been consolidated in a multidistrict litigation in federal court, while others are consolidated in state court in Rhode Island. In connection with hernia mesh, the company faces over 30,000 suits similar to the one that went to trial. Nevertheless is has announced it plans to appeal.

Defects in surgical hernia mesh have been frequently litigated over the years with claims against Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit, and others. While there have been two trials in the federal MDL, one of which resulted in a plaintiff verdict of $255,000 and the other of which resulted in a defendant verdict, this one was the first verdict in state court, and it represents a huge victory for those who have been injured by the mesh.

If your injuries arising out of hernia mesh are the result of defects in manufacturing, marketing, or design, it may be appropriate to pursue damages in court. Generally, manufacturing defects are one-offs that exist because of a departure from specifications. Design defects arise when a product’s very specifications are flawed and the product that caused harm was manufactured according to the designers’ plans.

Theories that may be used depend on the jurisdiction, and could include strict liability, negligence, breach of warranty, breach of contract, or statutory violations. In some instances, there are medical malpractice claims entangled with the product liability claims, making it crucial to hire a knowledgeable lawyer who can spot and address the different pertinent issues.

Call Our Chicago-based Hernia Mesh Defects Law Firm

If you or a loved one was injured due to Ventralex or other hernia mesh, you should call the seasoned Chicago product liability lawyers of Moll Law Group about whether you have grounds to sue. Give us a call at 312.462.1700 or via our online form if you suspect you may have a claim.


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