Women may consider a Laparoscopic Power Morcellation lawsuit if they developed leiomyosarcoma or other cancers following hysterectomy or myomectomy procedures. Lawsuits have already been filed alleging that plaintiffs developed leiomyosarcoma or other types of cancer following procedures in which physicians used morcellators. Affected patients are working with a morcellator cancer lawyer to assist them in recovering compensation for their injuries.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with endometrial stromal sarcoma, leiomyosarcoma or other uterine cancers after a laparoscopic power morcellation procedure contact Attorney Group to learn more. We offer free, confidential, no obligation consultations. We can help answer your questions, and if you choose to pursue a claim we can connect you with an affiliated morcellator cancer lawsuit attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
What is Laparoscopic Power Morcellation?
In a traditional myomectomy or hysterectomy procedure, a doctor makes incisions that are between three and seven inches long that allow him or her to remove the uterus intact. However, the procedure often requires several days in the hospital and may leave long scars. Women commonly undergo these procedures to remove fibroids, or benign growths.
A less invasive approach that may result in reduced recovery times involves the use of a device called a laparoscopic morcellator. The device includes a blade that cuts into the uterus so that the doctor may remove it in pieces through tiny incisions via the hollow tube of the device. However, in some cases, pieces of tissues may be left behind and, if they are malignant, could cause the spread of cancer.
Risks of Laparoscopic Power Morcellation
Though this device initially promised patients faster recovery times, the preservation of the uterus, and the avoidance of complicated surgery, laparoscopic power morcellation procedures have some serious risks, including:
- The morcellation procedure involved the removal of potentially cancerous tissue from the uterus through a small tube; sometime the procedure failed to remove all the target tissue.
- If some of the target tissue was missed and if that tissue was cancerous, a patient’s cancer risk would have not been adequately addressed through the procedure.
- The morcellator device utilized blades to cut away target tissue; however, the disruption of target tissue had the potential to spread cancerous cells throughout the patient’s abdomen.
This spreading of cancer cells can significantly decrease a woman’s chance of long-term survival, particularly for patients who had a prior history of uterine cancer.
FDA Warning Issued
In 2014, nearly ten years after the agency first approved the first power morcellation device, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety warning regarding these medical devices. This warning recommended that physicians stop the use of these devices during hysterectomy or myomectomy procedures for the removal of uterine fibroids.
Morcellator Cancer Lawsuits Filed in the U.S.
Lawsuits have been filed against several morcellator manufacturers by patients who have been diagnosed with uterine cancers such as leiomyosarcoma. Their claims allege that the device makers did not warn patients about the risks associated with morcellators and that they manufactured defective products.
Those harmed as a result of laparoscopic power morcellation are seeking compensation for their injuries with the assistance of a laparoscopic power morcellation lawyer.
Injured Patients May Be Entitled to Compensation
Medical device manufacturers have a duty to produce safe products. They also must warn the public of any known dangers associated with the product. If they violate these obligations, they can be held liable if a patient sustains an injury.
Patients who suffer complications as a result of a laparoscopic power morcellation procedure may be entitled to compensation for their injuries, including:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Pain, suffering and mental anguish
- Loss of income or ability to work
- Disfigurement from the injury
- Scarring from medical treatment for the injury
If a patient dies from morcellation complications, family members can pursue compensation for the wrongful death of their loved one, including:
- Loss of financial support or companionship
- Pain, mental anguish and suffering from the loss of a loved one
- Conscious suffering and pain of a loved one before death
- Medical expenses attributable to a fatal injury
- Funeral expenses
Patients who have suffered severe complications from a laparoscopic power morcellation procedure as well as the families of those who have died as a result of complications with the device, are encouraged to seek the advice of a laparoscopic power morcellation lawyer to learn more about their rights and remedies.
Contact Us For More Information
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with endometrial stromal sarcoma, leiomyosarcoma or other uterine cancers after a laparoscopic power morcellation procedure contact Attorney Group for more information. You can fill out the form on this page, call us at the number listed at the top of the page, or email us at [email protected].
When you contact us, an attorney will follow up with you to speak with you about your case or answer questions that you might have. There is no cost or obligation to speak with us, and any information you provide will be kept confidential.
Please note that the law limits the time you have to pursue a claim for an injury. If you think you have a case, you should not delay taking action.
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