Did you or a loved one experience cancer-related complications after a hysterectomy or surgery to remove uterine fibroids? Power morcellators are surgical devices that are commonly used in women undergoing these operations. But there is now evidence that morcellators can spread undetected cancer cells, resulting in complications and a poorer cancer prognosis. Patients can also experience other side effects, such as inflammation and infection, necessitating additional medical care.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has even issued safety alerts on a number of laparoscopic power morcellator models. The FDA has issued more than one warning in recent years, as they caution that these medical devices are believed to represent a serious risk of spreading unsuspected and undiagnosed cancer cells throughout the pelvic region.
At the Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A., our Orlando attorneys are available to assist individuals who are considering a power morcellator lawsuit. If you suffered complications after surgery using a morcellator or were diagnosed with cancer that is believed to have spread as a result of power morcellator surgery, you could be eligible to receive compensation, including money for your medical bills, lost wages, and your pain and suffering. You may also qualify for compensation for medical costs associated with cancer treatments and surgery to remove cancerous growths.
Based in Orlando, Florida, lawyers with the Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A. collectively subscribe to the philosophy that the client comes first and foremost. We work hard to ensure that you are informed and involved throughout the legal process. We encourage you to contact us for a no-cost consultation session to discuss your case. You must act quickly, though, because the law limits the timeframe for filing a lawsuit. Call 407-422-2188.
Common Questions About Power Morcellator Lawsuits and Cancer
Attorneys with the Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A. receive lots of questions from clients who are considering a power morcellator lawsuit, as many are unsure as to whether they have a viable case. Others are unfamiliar with the legal process and are just starting to learn more about the link between morcellators and cancer or other complications.
Our legal team, which includes some top Florida attorneys, has compiled some information about power morcellators, uterine cancer and other forms of cancers associated with this medical device, and related legal action.
What is a Power Morcellator and Why is it Dangerous?
Power morcellators and electric morcellators are surgical devices that are used to perform laparoscopic operations, which are less invasive surgeries that utilize a small incision. Power morcellators have rotating blades that cut up tissue and organs, which are then suctioned out of the body.
Doctors most often use power morcellators for hysterectomies and uterine fibroid removal procedures, also called a myomectomy.
Many women were told that surgery with a power morcellator would be preferable to other methods due to the smaller incision, which results in a shorter recovery time and less bleeding. But many women were not warned of the potential for complications, which can include obstruction, pain or infection in cases where benign bits of morcellated tissue are not successfully removed from the body. The most significant complication involves the morcellator’s apparent ability to spread cancer cells throughout the abdomen or pelvic area.
What is the Link Between Power Morcellators and Cancer?
Power morcellators can spread cancer when the spinning blades segment tissue that includes (undiagnosed) cancer cells. The morcellator cuts the uterine or fibroid tissue into tiny pieces, which are spread throughout the abdomen by the fast-moving blades. If a bit of cancerous tissue is not removed by the suctioning process, this tissue can attach to other tissues and organs, essentially “seeding” new cancer growths. This can result in a much faster spread of cancer, leading to a more guarded prognosis.
What is the Most Common Type of Cancer Linked to Power Morcellators?
Leiomyosarcoma is one of the most common types of cancer that can be spread by a power morcellator. Cancer can metastasize and spread to the spine, bladder, rectum, intestines, lungs and other organs.
Leiomyosarcoma is notoriously aggressive, and some patients go from Stage I to Stage IV in fairly short order, resulting in a poor prognosis in many cases. This is known as “upstaged cancer.” This particular form of cancer is often missed during pre-surgery screenings because these growths appear very similar to fibroids.
According to data released by the FDA, as many as 1 in 350 women who undergoes a myomectomy will have undiagnosed leiomyosarcoma cancer cells that are spread internally by the power morcellator.
Women over age 65 are said to be at the highest risk. For these women, the FDA does not recommend hysterectomies or fibroid removal procedures using power morcellation.
What Type of Compensation Can a Power Morcellator Attorney Obtain?
If you’ve suffered complications from a hysterectomy or fibroid removal surgery with a power morcellator, lawyers with Hogan & Hogan, P.A. can help you seek compensation for a variety of different losses, including medical bills, pain and suffering or lost wages.
In cases where cancer results in the patient’s passing, surviving family members may have a claim to money for burial expenses, loss of consortium and other losses.
How Much Will it Cost to Hire a Florida Lawyer to Handle My Power Morcellator Lawsuit?
At the Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A., our attorneys usually accept this type of case on a contingency basis. This means that the legal fees depend upon the amount recovered, as the fees are typically a percentage of the recovered funds.
Turn to Our Florida Attorneys to Handle Your Power Morcellator Lawsuit
At the Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A., we use a strategic and aggressive approach as we strive to bring about a positive resolution to your case, with compensation for your pain, suffering, medical bills and other monetary losses. We understand that no amount of money can restore your health or bring back a lost loved one, but being fairly compensated can help to improve the quality of life for our clients and their family members.
At the Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A., we take a “clients first” approach in everything that we do. Many clients have never been involved with the legal system, so they are uncertain of what to expect. So our goal is to help make the process as straightforward and as stress-free as possible. Fighting cancer is a challenging, stressful experience, but seeking the compensation you deserve doesn’t need to be.
Our law firm represents clients who’ve suffered injuries from dangerous or defective medical devices and dangerous drugs, pursuing the manufacturers for damages. We also handle medical malpractice cases, wrongful death cases, personal injury claims, product liability cases and premises liability claims.
If you or a loved one experienced complications following a surgery with a power morcellator, attorneys with the Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A. are here to assist. But you must contact us as soon as possible because the law places a cap on the amount of time you have to file a claim. Don’t miss out on your chance to get the justice and settlements that you deserve!
Contact the Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A.’s experienced team of Central Florida lawyers for a confidential, free case evaluation by calling 407-422-2188.