New Jersey Power Morcellator Lawyer
If a power morcellator contributed to your injuries/illnesses or those of a loved one in New Jersey, you may qualify for compensation for your related medical bills, lost quality of life, and pain and suffering. Talk to a dedicated New Jersey power morcellator lawyer at Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP, to discuss your eligibility for a lawsuit. We can help you file a claim against major device manufacturers, such as Johnson & Johnson.
What Are Power Morcellators?
Surgeons use power morcellators to cut up and remove tissues during laparoscopic surgery. They are surgical tools that resemble drills with sharp blades at one end. Surgeons can use power morcellators to chop up chunks of tissue in gynecological procedures such as myomectomy and hysterectomy, as well as gallbladder surgery, spleen removal, and liver surgery. Power morcellators have been on the market since 1995. It wasn’t until 2014, however, that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began warning consumers of potential risks related to this device.
What Are the Risks of Power Morcellators?
Since 2014, the FDA has issued serious warnings against using power morcellators in surgical settings due to an increased risk of spreading uterine cancers. Unfortunately, the FDA’s warnings came too late for hundreds of people – mostly women who underwent gynecological procedures. Power morcellators can chop up and disperse cancerous tissues throughout the body cavity, spreading and significantly worsening cancer. Women who may have had treatable, stage one uterine cancers can suffer stage four terminal cancer after power morcellation, reducing the odds of survival.
The FDA currently estimates that as many as one in 225 women who undergo surgery for uterine fibroids may have hidden cancer. For these women, power morcellators can be a death sentence. Women who undergo laparoscopic surgeries with power morcellation with hidden uterine cancer can suffer significantly worsened prognoses for recovery. No accurate tests exist for uterine cancers prior to surgeries. Therefore, a complete ban on using power morcellators is necessary to prevent the risk of spreading cancer-containing cells throughout the body. For more information regarding the risks of power morcellators or to discuss your specific situation, consult a knowledgeable New Jersey product liability lawyer experienced in these types of claims.
Learn Your Rights After a Power Morcellator Injury in New Jersey
Many hospitals throughout New Jersey and around the United States have banned the use of power morcellators following the FDA’s 2014 warning of potential risks. However, some surgeons still use these devices today. Other women may have undergone surgeries using power morcellators prior to the knowledge of potential risks. If you or a loved one suffered a worsened uterine cancer prognosis after a surgery involving a power morcellator, you have the right to discuss your case with a power morcellator lawyer in New Jersey.
While it is not illegal for hospitals to continue the use of power morcellators during surgeries, the surgeon has a legal obligation to warn patients of the potential risk of spreading certain cancers. Surgeons should not use the power morcellator if there is a safer alternative option. Failure to warn patients of risks, resulting in the spread of cancer, could lead to a medical malpractice claim as well as the right to join a class action suit against the manufacturer of the morcellator.
Speak with a Skilled New Jersey Power Morcellator Attorney Today
At Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP, we know winning a financial sum won’t repair the damage a defective or dangerous medical device inflicted upon you or a loved one. A successful lawsuit, however, can hold negligent product manufacturers accountable for failing to reasonably ensure the safety of patients. It could also provide financial stability for your family during this difficult time. To find out if you have the elements of a power morcellator lawsuit, contact us for a free case evaluation.