Patients who have undergone either a hysterectomy or myomectomy that utilized a morcellator may be at an elevated risk of developing cancer, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Manufacturers of morcellators, which are used in the treatment process, have recently been accused of neglecting to disclose that their products can increase this risk. When the morcellator cuts up the patient’s uterus before removing it in pieces through a small incision, it can potentially scatter leftover pieces elsewhere in the body. If those pieces were cancerous, it can cause cancer to spread wherever they ended up.
After releasing a study in April 2014, the FDA determined that morcellators can cause cancer in approximately 1 in 350 hysterectomy or myomectomy treatments. Morcellator cancer lawyers, like those affiliated with Attorney Group for California, are currently reviewing cases on behalf of patients who believe their recent cancer diagnosis was facilitated by a surgery involving a morcellator.
The FDA has said manufacturers could be held liable as a result of their wrongdoing. Johnson & Johnson immediately took all of its morcellators off the market after the study was released. It is widely believed that Johnson & Johnson and other manufacturers around the country were fully aware of this problem and simply neglected to disclose its existence. As a result, legal experts believe injured patients may be entitled to compensation. Eligible patients can work with morcellator cancer lawyers to hold the appropriate parties responsible.
Patients at Risk
Essentially every patient who underwent a hysterectomy or myomectomy procedure involving a morcellator may be at risk. Patients who underwent either a hysterectomy or myomectomy should therefore be certain to seek legal counsel from a morcellator cancer lawyer today.
Attorney Group for California is currently offering free, no obligation consultations to patients in the state of California who believe that their cancer diagnosis is the result of a hysterectomy or myomectomy involving a morcellator. Contact Attorney Group for California today to find out whether you are eligible to work with a morcellator cancer lawyer and potentially receive compensation for your injuries.