If you or a loved one has undergone a myomectomy or hysterectomy to remove uterine fibroids and your physician used a morcellator during the procedure, you may be entitled to file a Colorado morcellator cancer lawsuit if you developed cancer following the surgery. Contact Attorney Group for Colorado today for a free, no-obligation consultation to help you determine whether you are eligible to file a Colorado morcellator cancer lawsuit. If you are, we can connect you with an affiliated attorney who can file a Colorado morcellator cancer lawsuit on your behalf and assist you throughout the legal process.
What are Morcellators?
Traditional hysterectomies and myomectomies involve a surgeon making a three to seven inch incision in the patient through which the uterus is removed whole and intact. These surgeries often result in several days in the hospital while the patient recovers, and many women complain of long, unattractive scars.
A laparoscopic morcellator may also be used in these surgeries, but the difference is that the device cuts the uterus into tiny pieces before they are pulled out of the body through a hollow tube. According to several manufacturers, these devices provide several benefits over traditional surgical methods because they leave smaller scars and require less recovery time.
However, if the woman has any early stages of cancer and pieces of the uterus are missed and left behind, the blade of the morcellator may scatter these cancerous cells throughout the woman and decrease her long-term chance survival. In many cases, women are unaware that they are living with cancerous cells until after they undergo a morcellator-assisted procedure and eventually develop some form of cancer.
Risks of Morcellators
The first morcellator was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1995, but in April 2014, the agency released a safety announcement in which it acknowledged the potential for morcellators to spread cancer throughout a woman’s body. As a result, the FDA recommended that healthcare providers stop using these devices during hysterectomies and myomectomies in which a uterine fibroid must be removed.
Plaintiffs File Morcellator Lawsuits
Women throughout the country have begun to file morcellator lawsuits to seek compensation for their injuries. According to court documents, there are claims currently pending in Pennsylvania, California, Florida, and New York. Plaintiffs allege that they were diagnosed with lelomyosarcoma or other forms of cancer after they underwent procedures in which their physicians used morcellators. While compensation is not guaranteed, you may be entitled to file a Colorado morcellator cancer lawsuit to recover damages for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, and more.
Eligible to File a Colorado Morcellator Cancer Lawsuit?
If you or a loved one developed cancer following a morcellator-assisted procedure such as a myomectomy or hysterectomy, you may be entitled to file a Colorado morcellator cancer lawsuit to seek compensation for your injuries. Attorney Group for Colorado is currently providing free, no-obligation consultations to women who would like to determine whether they have a case. If you have a case, Attorney Group for Colorado can connect you with an affiliated attorney who can file a Colorado morcellator cancer lawsuit on your behalf and assist you in recovering the damages to which you may be entitled.