Southern Med Law Represents Clients In Power Morcellator Cancer Lawsuits Alleging Morcellation Procedure Disseminated Cancer.
After fighting for women and their survivors in morcellator cancer lawsuits against Ethicon Inc., Southern Med Law continues its path by representing women nationwide. With the most recent being cases filed against morcellator maker Karl Storz Endoscopy-America (Storz). Morcellator cancer lawsuits filed by Southern Med Law, allege that power morcellator makers fail to adequately warn that their medical devices can disseminate and upstage cancer, including leiomyosarcoma, in women who undergo a minimally invasive hysterectomy or a myomectomy in which the device is used.
“We have the experience and unique knowledge on this subject, as being both a practicing OBGYN and Attorney and having filed and settled the first of many lawsuits against morcellator manufacturers,” says Southern Med Law’s co-founder, Dr. François Blaudeau, an attorney and a practicing obstetrician/ gynecologist.
One of the morcellator cancer lawsuits represented by Southern Med Law’s attorneys involves a New York woman who underwent a hysterectomy in October 2013 in which a Storz Rotocut Morcellator was used. Shortly after surgery, the woman learned that the fibroid tumors removed with morcellation were leiomyosarcoma and the morcellator upstaged the cancer. The woman died weeks after surgery. Storz, Rochester General Hospital and the woman’s doctor are named as defendants. (Index No. 2016/3118, Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Monroe)
In another morcellator cancer lawsuit, a Michigan woman underwent a robot-assisted laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy surgery in July 15, 2013. A Storz morcellator was used during the procedure to shred the uterine tissue. The woman was diagnosed seven days after the surgery with endometrial stromal sarcoma cancer based on an analysis of her uterine tissue. (Case No. BC588075, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles).
In addition, Southern Med Law attorneys are involved in a morcellator cancer claim filed against a New Jersey surgeon who performed a da Vinci Robotic assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy on his patient, also a New Jersey resident, in April 23, 2013. During surgery, the surgeon discovered a very large tumor that could have been removed by performing a traditional open laparotomy hysterectomy, the complaint said. However, the defendant decided to morcellate the tumor but needed consent from the woman’s husband to perform morcellation as well as additional procedures “for which no informed consent had been given.” According to the complaint, the surgeon also did not mention the cancer risks associated with morcellation. The lawsuit maintains the morcellation technique disseminated cancer throughout the woman’s uterus and upstaged the cancer. The woman died in December 2013. (Case No. L318-15, Superior Court of New Jersey, Ocean County)
Laparoscopic power morcellators slice up uterine fibroids so that the shredded tissue can be removed through small incisions in the abdomen. However, when undetected cancer cells are in the tissue, a power morcellator can spread the sarcoma through the abdomen and pelvis, according to the morcellator cancer complaints.
Southern Med Law Settles Morcellator Cancer Lawsuits
Earlier this year, Southern Med Law settled 10 morcellator cancer complaints filed against Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Inc., once the largest manufacturer of power morcellators. Johnson & Johnson removed Ethicon’s morcellators from the global market after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration all but banned power morcellation in the majority of women undergoing a hysterectomy or myomectomy. Power morcellators are now under investigation by the FBI and the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) due to the cancer risks tied with the medical devices. Some hospitals have stopped allowing the device to be used during surgery and some large health insurers are no longer paying for procedures that use power morcellators.
About Southern Med Law And Filing A Morcellator Cancer Lawsuit:
Southern Med Law is a full service law firm representing men, women and their families across the country who have been victims of negligence, personal injuries, medical malpractice, dangerous drugs, faulty medical devices and defective products. Led by Dr. François Blaudeau, an attorney and a practicing obstetrician/ gynecologist, and the legal staff at Southern Med Law possesses a deep understanding of the complex medical and legal questions at issue in power morcellators lawsuits. They are not afraid to take on the manufacturers to make them accountable and enable all of their clients to have the aggressive legal representation they deserve.
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