According to a Wall Street Journal report, the FBI has launched an investigation into a laparoscopic medical device that was recently pulled from the market after it was linked to spreading cancer in female patients. Investigators are reportedly examining the level of awareness that Johnson & Johnson, the largest manufacturer of the device, had about potential risks of morcellation cancer.
If you or a loved one developed cancer after a procedure involving a morcellator, contact Attorney Group to learn more about your options. We offer free, no-obligation consultations. We can answer your questions, and if you choose to pursue a claim, we can connect you with an affiliated morcellator cancer lawsuit attorney. The time to pursue a claim is limited, so contact us today.
Reports Link Device to Increased Cancer Risks
According to the Wall Street Journal report, after initiating an inquiry into the morcellator, a surgical tool used in gynecological procedures, the FBI found a number reports linking its use to the spread of uterine cancer in women during a procedure. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning about the cancer risk in April 2014, indicating that morcellation could decrease a woman’s likelihood of long-term survival. The result was that the FDA required a strong new warning label on the product, also known as a “black box” warning.
Morcellators Used in Many Procedures
Johnson & Johnson device removed from the market following emerging reports of its risks. However, it has already been used in many patients with benign uterine growths and hysterectomies because the morcellator was able to cut up tissue and allow it to be extracted in a minimally invasive manner. If the tissues were cancerous, the morcellator can allegedly spread the cancer throughout the patient’s pelvis and abdomen.
Although Johnson & Johnson removed morcellators from the market in July 2014, an investigation reportedly continues to examine the extent to which Johnson & Johnson knew about the threats of the tool.
Injured Patients May be Eligible for Compensation
Patients who developed cancer following a morcellation procedure may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain, suffering, and mental anguish, lost income or ability to work, and other damages. If a patient dies of cancer following a procedure involving a morcellator, family members may be entitled to wrongful death damages, including mental anguish and pain and suffering resulting from the loss of a loved one, conscious pain and suffering of a loved one prior to death, medical expenses attributable to the fatal injury, and loss of relationship with the loved one.
The Time to Pursue a Claim is Limited. Contact Us Today.
If you or a loved one developed cancer after a procedure that involved a morcellator, contact Attorney Group today to learn more about your options. There is no cost or obligation to speak to us, and we can answer your questions in a confidential consultation. If you decide to pursue a claim against the device maker, we can connect you with an affiliated morcellator lawsuit attorney. The time to pursue a claim is limited, so contact us today.