Only it’s pretty hard to get back to your life when you face a serious and life-threatening cancer, one that seems to have come out of nowhere. This may be the real truth behind the procedures endured by countless women who underwent surgeries utilizing power morcellators over the last decade. For far too many of these women, their lives were turned upside down because of a medical device.
We’re not advocates for filing lawsuits indiscriminately, but we are very much advocates for filing lawsuits when your health or that of your loved one has been seriously jeopardized by the actions of a pharmaceutical giant.
Here are Our Top Five Reasons to File a Power Morcellator Lawsuit
1. Because Power Morcellators Were Found to Spread Uterine Cancer.
You read that correctly. According to The Wall Street Journal, “The FDA warned in April 2014 that women undergoing fibroid surgery have a 1 in 350 chance of harboring dangerous uterine sarcoma that can’t be reliably detected before the operation. Morcellators can spread the malignancy and worsen the outcome, the FDA said.”
2. Because The FBI is Investigating What Johnson & Johnson, the Largest Manufacture of this Surgical Tool, Knew About The Danger.
The FBI is currently looking into whether Johnson & Johnson (J&J) purposefully hid the associated risks of uterine cancer from patients, the medical community and U.S. health regulators like the FDA. The big question that the FBI wants answered? Exactly how long did J&J’s Ethicon division know about these associated risks?
3. Because of How Widely Used the Device Is: From Use by Countless Medical Professionals to Use on Around 75,000 Patients a Year For Hysterectomies Alone.
Talk about a lack of specialization: Power morcellators may have been promoted as easy, low-risk surgical devices that it seems as if it has been used by anyone “qualified” to use the device.. Of course, gynecologists may have used power morcellator devices more than most, but we have heard of just about every type of doctor performing these surgeries! In fact, before 2014, up to 75,000 U.S. women may have received hysterectomies using a power morcellator device annually.
Note: We don‘t promote filing lawsuits against individual doctors —largely because the problem is so much bigger than just one doctor. We also know that many of you have special relationships with your doctor!
4. Because No Woman Wants to Hear “We Don‘t Know.“
The FDA found that there is no reliable way to predict whether a women with fibroids might have a uterine sarcoma pre-surgery. That’s a big unknown for a device that has the potential to spread malignant uterine tissue and worsen the patient’s cancer risk.
5. Because It Just Doesn‘t Make Sense.
Why would a medical device that had such potential to spread undetected uterine cancer be used so commonly, and seemingly without any warning, for countless patients in the exact demographic group that already faces a higher risk for uterine cancer? One of the biggest risk factors for uterine cancer: Women over the age of 60. It’s the same patient group that so often underwent power morcellation surgery.
You may be able to file a power morcellator lawsuit for yourself, or on behalf of a deceased parent or relative.