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Cancer after a hysterectomy or fibroid removal may be caused by medical device

Written by T. Ryan Langley on November 17th 2015.

Hodge & Langley Law Firm represents people around the country who are suing Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, for making a device that they may have known was capable of upstaging cancer and spreading cancer cells. The medical device, called a power morcellator, is an instrument used in hysterectomies for the removal of uterine fibroids (also known as a myomectomy).

Power Morcellators May Cause Cancer

The FDA has cautioned that power morcellators may spread cancerous cells. When used in a surgery, the instrument may spread cancer cells (often ones that were previously undetected) that will then grow. Because of this risk, in April 2014, the FDA discouraged the use of laparoscopic morcellators in removing the uterus or uterine fibroids. Soon thereafter, Johnson & Johnson stopped selling laparoscopic power morcellators worldwide.

Power Morcellator Lawyers and Power Morcellator Law Suits

If a power morcellator was used in your hysterectomy, uterine fibroid removal, and you later developed cancer, you may have a case against Ethicon.

As of 2015, the number of lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon was significant enough that the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has consolidated over a dozen laparoscopic power morcellator injury and wrongful death cases filed in federal court for pre-trial discovery before Judge Kathryn H. Vratil in MDL No. 2652 in the District of Kansas (In Re: Ethicon, Inc., Power Morcellator Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2652). Hodge & Langley is involved in a number of these cases and will be participating heavily in the MDL.

MDLs are different from class-action law suits, in that MDLs are grouped together but addressed separately, while class-action members all receive the same result. What this means for those who have suffered after the use of a power morcellator is that compensation may vary based on the extent of the health condition.

If you have been diagnosed with cancer following treatment with a power morcellator, contact Hodge & Langley Law Firm today. Our expert attorneys are currently representing cases against Ethicon. MDL cases have restrictions on time and involvement, so it’s vital that you contact a lawyer today to know your rights and to aggressively pursue the compensation that you deserve.

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