Triad Group of Hartland, Wis., now faces a fourth wrongful death stemming from one of its products, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The latest case, filed by Judy Bennett of Tucson, Ariz., alleges that lubricating jelly from Triad and its sibling company, H&P Industries, gave her husband John a lethal infection. The lawsuit charges that Triad and Ohio-bases Edgepark Medical Supplies supplied the jelly, which was recalled for not being sterile.
The suit was filed Jan. 9 in Arizona. Triad has denied any link between its products and patient deaths.
In a classic case of too little too late, Judy Bennett received notice of the jelly recall after her husband’s Feb. 14 death, even though the recall had started two months before that, according to the Journal Sentinel.
The newspaper in December published an investigative report that alleged that the Food and Drug Administration knew about safety issues with Triad products for about 10 years, but never took any action.
Federal officials have gotten reports of nearly one dozen deaths allegedly related to Triad’s alcohol pads and other kinds of products, according to the Journal Sentinel. One lawsuit blames Triad’s pads with giving a Texas couple’s son a bacterial infection that went to his brain, ultimately killing him.