Jury Awards Couple $1.5 M in Hernia Patch Lawsuit

Providence Journal blog Projo’s Katie Mulvaney reported on August 24, 2010 that a federal jury has awarded a North Carolina couple $1.5 million for injuries the husband suffered after a hernia patch made by the Cranston firm, Davol, Inc., ruptured in his abdomen.
After deliberating about two days, a jury of seven women found that the failure of Davol and its parent company C.R. Bard, Inc. to provide proper warning or instruction for how to implant the mesh patch were the cause of injuries Christopher Thorpe has suffered since having a hernia repaired in 2005, court records show. The jury also found that the patch’s poor design led to the injuries.
The two week trial was the second of about 3,000 cases involving the Kugel Mesh hernia repair patch made by Davol working their way through federal and state courts in Rhode Island. The jury in the first case in April ruled in favor of the company.


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