Man Claims Covidien Gastrectomy Device Caused Wife’s Death

 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 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 began experiencing pain and it was confirmed that the staple line had separated, which he alleges resulted in her death one week later on April 5, 2012. Mr. Peltier believes her death was due to ineffective stapling by a faulty medical device.

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

Patients expect to receive safe care using quality supplies and devices. If a device is defective, the manufacturer needs to be held accountable for the injury or death the device caused.

If you or a loved one suffered an injury or death as a result of a defective medical device or procedure, contact one of our Gacovino Lake attorneys at 1-800-246-HURT (4878).

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