Patients File Morcellator Cancer Lawsuit After Discovering Connection Between Disease and Dangerous Medical Device
January 7th, 2015|
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is in charge of ensuring all medical products used in the United States are safe; however, the agency only has a handful of employees who oversee thousands of applications for product approvals. Needless to say, sometimes defective medical products can slip through the cracks of the system, leading to costly recalls and civil litigation if patients are seriously injured as a result of using faulty devices.
Power morcellators have come under heavy public scrutiny in recent months. Doctors use the devices during hysterectomy, myomectomy, and uterine fibroid removal procedures. The device has been lauded as a less invasive surgical technique, but new data has shown that using the device puts patients with undetected uterine sarcomas at an increased risk of metastasized cancers.
FDA reports show the device works by grinding tissue into small enough particles that they can be removed through a small incision in the patient’s body. If any undetected cancerous cells are present however, the morcellation process can distribute them throughout the patient’s body, effectively spreading a previously localized cancer. This allows the disease to spread and metastasize at a faster rate, which can be deadly.
Many patients who developed these deadly diseases have filed a morcellator cancer lawsuit against manufacturers of the devices and the doctors who used them. If you’ve developed cancer that could be linked to the use of a power morcellator, you may have a legal right to compensation as well.
At the law firm of Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we can help successfully guide you through the legal processes of filing a claim for your injuries while answering any and all questions that may arise. Call us today at (800) 477-7315 to receive a free consultation of your case.