Skilled Woodland Hills Personal Injury Attorneys ready to help you with your Morcellator Injury Case
If you or someone you care about has been injured due to use of a power Morcellator (a medical instrument often used to perform hysterectomies), contact the experienced Woodland Hills morcellator injury attorneys as soon as possible at Walch Law. Our attorneys have years of experience helping clients injured by morcellators and other products. We will work to help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. We help morcellator injury victims throughout California and the United States and have successfully handled thousands of injury claims. We offer a FREE case consultation, so contact us today to schedule yours!What is Morcellator?
A power morcellator is a surgical instrument. It is used by doctors during certain procedures to cut body tissue into smaller pieces. It is most commonly used during hysterectomies, when the uterus is removed and myomectomies, when a fibroid (a non-cancerous growth in the uterus) is removed. It has also been used for other surgeries such as spleen, liver, and gallbladder surgeries.How Morcellator Works
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The purpose of the morcellator is to cut body tissue into smaller pieces. When a surgeon performs an operation to remove fibroids or the uterus, generally it would require a large incision to remove the entire organ. However, with a morcellator, a surgeon only needs to make a small incision. The morcellator has a long tube portion—this portion is inserted into the body and a rotating blade is used to chop up the fibroid or uterine tissue into small pieces. The device then vacuums the small pieces out of the stomach.Harmful Effects of Morcellator
While the morcellator allows for a less invasive surgery, the use of a morcellator can have very harmful effects. Some of the side effects associated with morcellator use during surgery can include:
- Infection and bleeding
- Organ damage
- Pain at the incision site
- Abdominal pain
However, one of the most harmful effects is the spreading of cancer in women who had a surgery involving a morcellator. In many cases, the morcellator was used to remove fibroids or the uterus that actually had undiagnosed cancer. When the morcellator cuts these cancerous tissues into pieces, some of those pieces can spread throughout the abdomen which spreads the cancer throughout the body. Spreading cancer through the body makes the disease worse, harder to treat, and decreases the chance of survival.
This serious side effect of using the morcellator ultimately resulted in the FDA discouraging doctors from using the device and several hospitals banning the use of morcellators.Morcellator Litigation and Mass Torts
Women who have had cancer spread through their bodies as a result of the morcellator have suffered immensely from having to deal with battling serious cancer. Others have lost loved ones who have died as a result of their cancer. Because of the life-threatening side effects caused by the morcellator, many women and their families have chosen to take legal action against the companies that manufactured the device.
When a company manufactures a device that cause harm to users, that company should be liable for the injuries they cause to users. There are many companies that make the morcellator—one of the largest companies being Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson. The claims filed against morcellator manufacturers claim that the devices spread undetected cancer tissue in users, thus worsening their cancer and causing them serious harm. There are also claims that manufacturers like Johnson and Johnson failed to properly test the morcellators and failed to properly warn doctors and patients about the risk of spreading and worsening cancer throughout the body. If these patients had known of the serious risk of spreading cancer, they would have chosen a different type of procedure and have seriously suffered as a result.
When a group of people bring a claim against the same company because they are injured by the same product manufactured by that company, it is called a mass tort. In mass tort cases, every person hurt by the dangerous product still files their own individual case but has the benefit of sharing resources with other plaintiffs. This allows plaintiffs to still receive personalized compensation that is based on their individual losses and injuries.
By filing a mass tort claim, a person injured by the morcellator can receive financial compensation for their injuries and suffering. Trying to bring a case against a large company can seem difficult, but with the help of an experienced Woodland Hills Morcellator Injury Attorney, you can have the assistance you need to get the compensation you deserve. You can receive compensation for:
- hospital costs
- cancer treatments
- other medical expenses that you incurred as a result of your morcellator injuries
- mental health care costs
- lost wages and lost earning potential
- loss of enjoyment of life, and
- any other expenses and damages losses you suffered
- wrongful death (if you lost a family member)
Those harmed by the use of a morcellator during their surgery, certainly merit this type of financial recovery.Talk to an Experienced Woodland Hills Morcellator Injury Attorney
If you have been injured by the use of a morcellator during surgery and have suffered harmful side effects including the spreading and worsening of cancer as a result, reach out to the skilled Woodland Hills Morcellator Injury attorneys at Walch Law today. We know what it takes to bring a mass tort claims against a large corporation due to years of experience representing clients with these claims. We can help you with your claim against the morcellator manufacturers so you can get the compensation you deserve for your suffering.
We offer a FREE case consultation for individuals and their families who have suffered due to the use of a morcellator during surgery. Contact us by calling 866-INJURY2 (866-465-8792) to schedule yours—We will go over the details of your case and answer the questions you may have about the mass tort claim process and how it can be a way for you to recover financially for your losses. Call us today to schedule your FREE consultation!