According to Brendan Pierson and Daniel Wiessner of Reuters, Becton Dickinson, a company that makes hernia repair surgical mesh, has been ordered by a jury to pay $255,000 to a man who was injured by their product and required a second surgery to repair the damage.
Reuters states, "More than 16,000 cases have been consolidated before Chief U.S. District Judge Edmund Sargus in Columbus, in the third-largest pending MDL nationwide."
The company faces over 26,000 cases total, most in Ohio with some in Rhode Island. The plaintiffs claim the mesh causes issues like infections, bowel abscesses, pain, and inflammation. Pierson and Wiessner report that the plaintiffs say the product is defective because it is made with polypropylene which degrades when it is implanted in human tissue.
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