The FBI is investigating whether Johnson & Johnson knew that its laparoscopic power morcellator could spread undetected cancer in patients before bringing the device to market.
Free Power Morcellator Class Action Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was injured after undergoing surgery with a morcellator, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of the morcellator and our lawyers can help.
What is a Power Morcellator?
Morcellators are used during minimally-invasive gynecological procedures such as hysterectomy surgeries and fibroid removal. The device pulverizes tissue so it can be removed through tiny incisions. However, when morcellators are used on women who have undetected uterine sarcoma cancer, they can spread cancerous tissue throughout the abdomen and pelvis.
In April 2014, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) warned that morcellators could “significantly worsen…the patient’s likelihood of long-term survival.” Last November, the agency required manufacturers to include a black box warning on the labeling of their morcellators.
Ethicon, a division of J&J that manufactured power morcellators, advised doctors to stop using them and pulled them off the market, although devices made by other companies remain available. Before the recall, about 60,000 morcellation procedures were done annually, according to Dr. William Maisel, deputy director for science and chief scientist at the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health.
Boston Doctor Victim of Uterine Morcellation
J&J/Ethicon maintains that it has not been contacted about the FBI investigation. However, at least one affected patient has been interviewed by the bureau about her case. Dr. Amy Reed, an anesthesiologist and mother of 6, became an outspoken critic of the instruments after she underwent a hysterectomy with a morcellator at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 2013. Follow-up testing indicated that she had cancer that had spread through her abdomen.
Reed’s husband, Dr. Hooman Noorchashm, told CBS News the couple had been attempting to contact the FBI since late 2013 and “finally, agents in New Jersey listened.” He said they were interviewed last October and again recently about their situation.
About Class Action Lawsuits
Although we are a nationally recognized class action firm, the Products Liability Litigation Group at our law firm has decided against the filing of a Morcellator Class Action Suit, and is currently filing individual claims on behalf of individuals and/or their family members that have been diagnosed with cancer after undergoing power morcellation.
A class action is a type of lawsuit filed with the court on behalf of large group of people or “class” of individuals that have been injured or wronged. The class is represented by the law firm and the case is generally decided upon a single member of the class who is sometimes referred to as the “class representative or class rep.”
Why Our Law Firm Is Filing Individual Lawsuits Opposed To a Class Action
In some instances, a class action may offer some advantages, as they aggregate a large number of individualized claims into one representational lawsuit. The aggregation can increase the efficiency of the legal process, lower the costs of litigation and in some cases offer the solution to a common problem wherein small recoveries do not provide the incentive for any individual or law firm to file an individual lawsuit.
However, a class action suit can also be a detriment to many class members, as they are often forced into a blanket “low ball settlement” and higher attorney fees. At Schmidt & Clark, LLP we understand that our clients are suffering emotionally and economically due to loss of wages and/or high medical bills and we plan to maximize each client’s recovery by filing individual Morcellator Lawsuits on their behalf.
Do I Have a Morcellator Class Action Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Morcellator Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new morcellator cancer cases in all 50 states.
Free Morcellator Class Action Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was injured by a power morcellator, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Morcellator Class Action Suit and our lawyers can help.