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April 18th, 2014 by Harvey Kirk | No Comments »

The product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential lawsuits for women throughout the United States who have been diagnosed with the spread of aggressive cancer following a laparoscopic hysterectomy or uterine fibroid removal surgery where a device known as a power morcellator was used.

Morcellation involves the cutting of tissue into small pieces that allow the doctors to remove the uterus or uterine fibroids through a small incision.

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Lawyers are Reviewing Cases for Morcellators Used in Laparoscopic Uterine Fibroid Surgery

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Many women receive this minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, since it carries a shorter recovery time and reduced risk of infection or other complications. However, it has recently been discovered that the devices may cause the spread of cancerous tissue and lead to serious and life-threatening cancers.

Power morcellators have been used in an estimated 50,000 laparoscopic hysterectomies and myomectomies each year, which may have caused women to be diagnosed with cancer in the uterus, pelvis and abdomen, including aggressive forms of uterine sarcoma and leiomyosarcoma (LMS).

Through a hysterectomy morcellation lawsuit, women may be entitled to financial compensation as a result of the failure of the manufacturers of these devices to warn about the health risks linked to the procedures.

Power Morcellator Cancer Risk

As concerns have mounted over the past year about the spread of cancer following morcellation hysterecomy procedures, the FDA launched an investigation in December 2013. This week, the agency issued a safety communication urging doctors not to use laparoscopic power morcellation during hysterectomies and myomectomies for uterine fibroid removal.

The FDA estimates that about one out of every 352 women who undergo a hysterectomy or uterine fibroid surgery involving power morcellation have unsuspected uterine sarcoma, and about one out of every 498 women have leiomyoscarcoma (LMS). Since there is no effective way to detect the cancerous tissue before the procedure, this may cause many women to have cancer cells spread during the surgery.

According to the FDA statement issued on April 17:

If laparoscopic power morcellation is performed in women with unsuspected uterine sarcoma, there is a risk that the procedure will spread the cancerous tissue within the abdomen and pelvis, significantly worsening the patient’s likelihood of long-term survival. For this reason, and because there is no reliable method for predicting whether a woman with fibroids may have a uterine sarcoma, the FDA discourages the use of laparoscopic power morcellation during hysterectomy or myomectomy for uterine fibroids.

Before the FDA’s warning, numerous critics complained that the medical community and women were not being informed about the cancer risks of power morcellators. They also warned that doctors were not being advised to use a surgical bag available to contain tissue from power morcellation that could potentially help prevent the spread of cancerous cells, and doctors who did attempt to use the bags said working with them was difficult, resulting in many doctors who did not know the risks and need for the bags not using them.

Power morcellators have been in use since the first one was introduced in 1993. Manufacturers have had more than 20 years to adequately research the risks to women that can be caused by these medical devices, not including research that should have been done before the first one was ever placed on the market.

As the FDA pointed out in their statement this week, there are a number of treatment alternatives available for symptomatic uterine fibroids, including:

  • Traditional surgical hysterectomy performed vaginally or abdominally
  • Laparoscopic hysterectomy or myomectomy that does not involve use of morcellation
  • Catheter-based blocking of the uterine artery
  • High-intensity focused ultrasound
  • Drug therapy

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The NIH estimates that uterine fibroid removal is a $2.1 billion a year industry and that most women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with uterine fibroids at some point in their lives.

By promoting the use of power morcellation without adequately researching the potential risks or providing warnings for consumers and the medical community, it appears that manufacturers placed their desire for profits before women’s health and safety.

The hysterectomy morcellation lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential lawsuits for women throughout the United States who have been diagnosed with aggressive uterine cancer that may have been caused by the use of this device during their procedure. All cases are handled by our law firm under a contingency fee agreement, which means that there are no out-of-pocket expenses to hire our law firm and we receive no attorney fees unless a recovery is obtained through the lawsuit or case.

If you, a friend or family member experienced cancer or death that may have been caused by a power morcellator during a hysterectomy or uterine fibroid removal surgery, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.

April 17th, 2014 by Carl Saiontz | No Comments »

The watchdog group Consumer Reports recently issued a useful guide on reducing the risk of an auto accident whiplash injury, which commonly occur in rear-end impacts.

In addition to pushing for more effective standards for head restraints, which have had a dramatic impact on safety and prevention of auto accident neck injuries, Consumer Reports indicates that there are other steps that drivers and passengers can take, including:

  • Make sure any car purchased has a good rear-crash rating
  • Always wearing your seat belt
  • Sit upright, instead of leaning to one side while in a car
  • Do not tailgate other vehicles
  • In case of imminent accident, lean your head back against the restraint and look straight ahead.

Consumer Reports also indicates that the head restraint should be positioned to reach as high as the top of your head and should be set back no more than four inches from the back of your head.

While significant safety improvements have been made in automobiles in recent decades, Consumer Reports warns that federal safety standards still fail to adequately require car makers to protect consumers. The current standards fail to require rear seat head restraints, with many vehicles having poor head restraints on the sides and none in the often-used middle seat.

It is estimated that a rear-end crash occurs every 17 seconds in the United States, and a whiplash injury can occur in accidents occurring at low-speed accidents of less than 10 miles per hour, particularly when cars made before 2009 are involved.

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Following an accident, if you suspect you may have suffered a whiplash injury, it is important to seek immediate medical attention.

The personal injury lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. provide free consultations to help individuals involved in accidents understand their legal rights and make sure they obtain the financial compensation they may be entitled.

All cases are handled by our lawyers under a contingency fee agreement, which means we receive no attorney fees or reimbursed expenses unless a recovery is obtained for your injury.

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April 15th, 2014 by Austin Kirk | No Comments »

A request has been filed in the federal court system to consolidate all product liability lawsuits filed over Androgel testosterone treatments, seeking to centralize the cases before one judge during pretrial proceedings.

Known as an MDL (“Multidistrict Litigation), such coordinated proceedings are often referred to as an AndroGel class action lawsuit, but there are important differences to understand. Read More

April 10th, 2014 by Harvey Kirk | 1 Comment »

The accident lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk are reviewing potential claims for catastrophic injury or wrongful death involving a recently recalled GM vehicles, which featured a defective ignition switch that may have caused the airbags to fail. Read More

March 28th, 2014 by Austin Kirk | No Comments »

The hypertension drug Benicar was on the market for more than 10 years before the first warnings were provided about the risk of sprue-like enteropathy. As a result many users have experienced chronic diarrhea from Benicar for years, often resulting in permanent gastrointestinal damage because the connection was not made between the symptoms and the medication.

Increasing evidence suggests that the drug maker knew about the risk, or certainly could have discovered the risk if adequate long-term studies had been conducted to investigate the potential side effects of Benicar. Read More

March 25th, 2014 by Harvey Kirk | No Comments »

Individuals who have experienced problems following hernia repair surgery may be entitled to pursue financial compensation if they received Atrium C-Qur (“Secure”) Mesh, due to a potentially dangerous and defective design.

The hernia mesh lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing Atrium C-Qur lawsuits for individuals who have suffered painful and debilitating complications, such as:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Allergic Reactions
  • Bowel Adhesions
  • Gastric Ulcers
  • Infections
  • Mesh Erosion or Failure
  • Organ Perforation
  • Revision Surgery
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C-Qur mesh was developed and introduced by Atrium Medical Corporation in 2005, composed of polyprophylene mesh with an outer gel coating made from omega 3 fatty acids, called the 03FA layer.

The mesh has been used in recent years for hernia repair, chest wall reconstruction and surgical repair of other wounds.

Although the manufacturer knew or should have known about the risk of serious and debilitating injuries that may be caused by Atrium C-Qur hernia mesh problems, it has been promoted as safe and effective.

It appears that important information about the risks associated with this hernia mesh may have been withheld from patients and the medical community, so the Atrium C-Qur injury lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are providing free consultations and claim evaluations for individuals who suspect they may have a case.

Steps in Reviewing Your Case with an Atrium C-Qur Mesh Lawyer

To begin the process of determining whether you, a friend or family member may have a case for problems experienced following hernia surgery, submit a request for a free case review on our website or call our law firm toll free at 1-800-522-0102.

Requesting a consultation and claim review for an Atrium C-Qur mesh lawsuit does not form an attorney-client relationship, and there is no obligation to pursue a claim after having your potential claim evaluated. The request simply begins the review process to determine whether you or your family member may be entitled to compensation.

After evaluating the circumstances surrounding your claim, if our Atrium C-Qur mesh lawyers determine that you may have a case, it remains your decision whether to hire our law firm to pursue compensation.

If you decide to move forward with your Atrium C-Qur mesh claim, an attorney-client relationship will then be formed. At that point we will forward you a contingency fee retainer agreement which must be signed and returned to our office so that we can move forward and pursue a recovery.

Pursuing an Atrium C-Qur mesh lawsuit will be done under the contingency free agreement, which means there are no out-of-pocket expenses for you to pursue a claim. All attorney fees are contingent upon obtaining a recovery for you, and all expenses come from that recovery, not your pocket.

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March 19th, 2014 by Austin Kirk | No Comments »

New research presented last weekend that adds to the growing body of evidence in support of Risperdal lawsuits filed on behalf of boys and young men diagnosed with gynecomastia or male breast growth after using the popular medication. Read More

March 10th, 2014 by Harvey Kirk | No Comments »

The product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are now reviewing Benicar lawsuits for individuals throughout the United States who have suffered severe and chronic diarrhea or other intestinal problems that may have actually been caused by the popular blood pressure medication.

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March 3rd, 2014 by Austin Kirk | No Comments »

An increasing number of men throughout the United States are now pursuing AndroGel lawsuits, Axiron lawsuits, Testim lawsuits, AndroDerm lawsuits and other testosterone treatment lawsuits, alleging that the makers of these popular drugs failed to adequately warn about the risk of heart attacks, strokes, blood clots and sudden death.

Amid these mounting claims, a growing number of experts are also indicating that the warnings provided for consumers are inadequate and need to be strengthened. Read More

February 28th, 2014 by Austin Kirk | 1 Comment »

The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are now reviewing potential talc powder ovarian cancer lawsuits on behalf of women who used Johnson’s Shower-to-Shower Body Powder, Johnson’s Baby Powder or other talcum powder products on their genital areas over a period of time prior to being diagnosed with cancer.

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