Morcellator Cancer Lawsuit FAQs
Answers to the Most Common Morcellator Cancer Lawsuit Questions
This page provides answers to common questions that are relevant to most morcellator lawsuit claims. After reading this page, you may still have questions related to filing a lawsuit. For a free morcellator cancer case review, simply complete our online contact form (located at the right side of your screen) and one of our attorneys handling morcellator lawsuits will be happy to respond to discuss your situation in detail. This page contains general information that is applicable to most morcellator claims for cancer.
What are the danger of morcellator surgery?
Federal regulators have found that when laparoscopic power morcellators are used for gynecologic surgeries such as myomectomy or hysterectomy, there is a severe danger of spreading undetected uterine cancer throughout the abdomen. When this occurs, a contained and relatively treatable cancer is transformed into an advanced-stage and often fatal version of the disease. Because there is no reliable way to detect ovarian cancer prior to surgery, the use of power morcellators has been deemed unacceptably dangerous.
How long have medical experts known there was a link between morcellator surgery and the spread of ovarian cancer?
One doctor, Dr. Richard Lamparter, wrote to Johnson & Johnson in 2006 to warn the company of the tendency for morcellators to spread ovarian cancer. Dr. Lamparter called for a warning to be added to the product’s label. It was not until 2014 that the problem came to the attention of federal regulators. In response to FDA recommendations that morcellators be banned for gynecologic applications, Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon division issued a global recall.
How do morcellators spread cancer?
Morcellation is a term that means mincing, or cutting into small pieces. When a morcellation device is used to remove fibroids in the uterus, or to remove the entire uterus in a hysterectomy procedure, the tissues are cut into very small pieces and then removed with a vacuum through tiny incisions. As opposed to traditional open surgery, laparoscopic morcellation has much smaller incisions, resulting in a shorter recovery. However, if uterine cancer is present, the mincing and vacuuming of the cancerous tissues “seeds” the abdominal region with cancer. A relatively treatable and contained form of cancer morphs into an advanced-stage and often deadly disease through power morcellator surgery. The FDA says an estimated 1 in 350 surgery patients has undetected cancer at the time of morcellation surgery, a number far higher than previously thought.
Who can file a morcellator cancer lawsuit?
Women and the family members of women who were diagnosed with cancer following a gynecologic surgery such as hysterectomy or myomectomy may have grounds to make a claim by filing a morcellator lawsuit. Certain time limits may apply; contact one of our attorneys handling morcellator cancer lawsuits for time limits in your state.
Does it cost anything for you to review my case?
We will always listen to your circumstances and give you our analysis of your case without any cost or further obligation.
Who is most at risk for morcellator cancer?
Unfortunately, there is no reliable method to screen for ovarian cancer prior to a morcellator surgery. Due to that fact, anyone having morcellation hysterectomy or myomectomy is at risk of developing advanced-stage cancer. Due to the seriousness of the risk and the inability to screen for ovarian cancer, Johnson & Johnson has issued a global morcellator recall.
What are the details of the morcellator recall?
In April of 2014, Johnson & Johnson suspended marketing and sales of power morcellators used for gynecologic surgeries. Then in July of 2014, following the recommendations of federal regulators to discontinue the use of morcellation devices for hysterectomy and myomectomy, Johnson & Johnson issued a global morcellator recall. The three products included in the morcellator recall include the Gynecare Morcellex, the Gynecare X-Tract, and the Morcellex Sigma. J&J dominates the global market for this device.
How much will it cost to file a morcellator cancer lawsuit?
We will represent all persons involved in a morcellator lawsuit on a contingency basis, meaning there are never any legal fees unless we win compensation in your case. For a free no-obligation consultation please fill out our short online contact form and one of our lawyers handling morcellator cancer lawsuits will contact you to answer any of your questions.
Aren't most drug and products liability lawsuits just class action lawsuits where the plaintiff receives very little money?
The majority of our drug cases are handled as a MDL, or Multi-District Litigation, where each plaintiff receives a settlement based upon the individual injuries and damages incurred by each plaintiff.
We're not the type of people who sue; do we really need to file a lawsuit?
If a member of your family suffered a serious injury or health problem as a result of a defective product or dangerous drug, long-term, or even life-long, medical care may be required. This could be incredibly expensive and since medical costs are continually rising may be largely unknown at the time of settlement or trial. If a member of your family died due to a defective product or dangerous drug, no amount of money can undo that wrong. It is our fervent hope that every defective products, drug or other medication lawsuit we file can serve to make the manufacturer take note of the loss and pain its product has caused. When that fails to make a company take action in the form of a product recall, greater warnings about its use and ultimately making safer products, we rely on their profit motivation to make them do the right thing. Unfortunately, in all too many cases it is only the fear of lawsuits and large settlements and verdicts that makes a company become a better corporate citizen.
How much time do I have to file a morcellator lawsuit or cancer claim?
Most states have morcellator cancer lawsuit time limits; however, the majority of all persons having been diagnosed with cancer following a surgery will fall within those time limits if they contact an attorney in the near future. For specific time limits for your claim, please fill out the form at right and one of our attorneys will contact you as quickly as possible, usually within the hour.