Hysterectomy and Fibroid Surgery Spreading Cancer
FDA Warns that Power Morcellators Spread Uterine Cancers
The FDA and the FBI are investigating morcellators causing the spread of cancer. Johnson & Johnson (as well as other defendants) sold morcellators, which are medical instruments that break up fibroid tissue. Undetected cancers can be spread throughout a woman's body, especially when getting a laparoscopic "open morcellation" that does not have a tissue trap or collection bag.
Cutting blades in the morcellators can spread uterine sarcomas, including the virulent leiomyosarcoma. The FDA sounded the alarm starting in 2012 but it wasn't until 2014 that the FDA was concerned that the risks outweighed the benefits. Ethicon, the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary selling the medical devices, withdrew the morcellators from the market in 2014. The FBI is investigating a pathologist's claim that he warned Ethicon in 2006 about these problems, yet nothing was done.
Our firm is investigating and litigating claims on behalf of cancer victims injured by morcellators. Your case will start and finish with our firm; we do not send your case to another firm.
How Do I Prove that I Got Cancer Because of a Morcellator?
Our medical staff and a senior litigation partner reviews your medical records to determine what the pre- and post-surgical pathology records show. Cancers spread by morcellation progress differently than other cancers and may be in unusual locations. We also consider medical malpractice if pathology reports were ignored or misinterpreted by treating physicians.
Johnson & Johnson is a notoriously difficult defendant to litigate against (they are currently battling litigation for multiple medical devices and prescription drugs), and our litigation teams anticipate defenses they will pose. Our firm expends significant efforts early on in anticipation of what would help result in a significant settlement or verdict for you.
Morcellators Could Have Been Much Safer
Since their introduction, morcellators could have been used with extraction bags. These are much like vacuum bags, where the destroyed tissue can be removed without contaminating other tissue. Doctors could have always assumed that an undiscovered cancer existed in the surgical field. Further, some procedures could have been done by safer traditional surgical techniques.
Our attorneys have successfully handled numerous medical device lawsuits and have won many verdicts and settlements for people who have suffered. We offer our clients personal, attentive and individualized service from a skilled team of attorneys.
Johnson & Johnson Settling Cases
There have been over a hundred lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson for cancer caused by power morcellators. J&J has already settled about 70 cases, settlements ranging from $100,000 to $1 million based on severity of injury.