Wrongful Death Lawsuits for Morcellator Uterine Cancer
In recent years, a large number of women may have died as a result of the use of power morcellators during hysterectomy and myomectomy procedures to remove uterine fibroids.
These controversial medical devices have been found to carry a risk of spreading undiagnosed cancer cells, quickly upstaging leiomyosarcoma, endometrial stromal sarcoma or other uterine cancers to a deadly stages.
The loss of a loved one can have a devastating impact on the surviving children, spouse, parents and other family members. As a result of the medical device manufacturers’ failure to properly research the effects of these devices or adequately warn about the cancer risks, financial compensation may be available through a power morcellator wrongful death lawsuit for families of individuals who died from:
The wrongful death lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. provide free consultations to help families nationwide determine whether they may be eligible to pursue a case over the loss of a loved one. Request a free claim evaluation.
Power Morcellator Cancer Deaths
Power morcellators have been used during many hysterectomy and uterine fibroid removal surgeries in recent years, allowing doctors to cut up the uterus or fibroids through a small incision in the abdomen.
The device is used during minimally invasive laparoscopic or robotic procedures, cutting up the tissue so that it can be removed through a port incision. However, for some women with unsuspected sarcoma contained within their uterus, power morcellators may spread cancerous tissue throughout the abdomen, rapidly disseminating cancer and decreasing the odds of long-term survival.
In April 2014, the FDA urged doctors to stop using morcellators for uterine fibroid removal, noting that 1 in 350 women undergoing the procedures had undiagnosed cancer cells inside the fibroids. There is virtually no way to know before a morcellation surgery that these cells are hidden within the fibroids.
Once a power morcellator has ground up a fibroid containing cancer cells, there is a risk that the cancerous cells will be spread throughout the body cavity, spreading the cancer to other organs. This takes the cancer from its weakest and most treatable form to its most deadly.
In many cases, women who died from leiomyosarcoma or other cancer diagnosed following a hysterectomy or uterine fibroid surgery may have survived if an alternative treatment had been used, such as a traditional hysterectomy performed vaginally or abdominally, catheter-based blocking of the uterine artery, high-intensity focused ultrasound, drug therapy and laparoscopic hysterectomy or myomectomy without use of morcellation.
Morcellation Cancer Wrongful Death Claims
Following the loss of a loved one from uterine cancer spread by power morcellation, wrongful death settlement benefits may be available for the financial consequences associated with the death, as well as for the mental anguish, emotional pain and suffering, loss of society, companionship, comfort, protection, care, attention, advise, counsel, training, education or guidance, where applicable.
While wrongful death laws vary from state-to-state, most statutes allow primary beneficiaries to make a claim for damages associated with the morcellator cancer death of a:
In the event that an individual who died after a morcellation procedure left no surviving spouse, parent or child, wrongful death benefits may be available for certain secondary beneficiaries who were financially dependent upon the individual.
No amount of money can make up for the loss of a loved one. However, if a power morcellator death may have been prevented, there are certain rights that families have.
It is important to have an experienced wrongful death law firm investigate any potential case to ensure benefits are protected. Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. provides free consultations and case evaluations for families throughout the United States to help determine if damages may be available.
All claims are subject to a statute of limitations, or deadline by which any morcellator cancer lawsuit must be filed. Therefore, it is important to review your families legal options as early as possible after learning about the potential link between the use of a uterine fibroid morcellator and a cancer death.
The power morcellator wrongful death lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. investigate all claims under a contingency fee agreement, which means that there are never any out-of-pocket expenses associated with hiring our law firm, as attorney fees and expenses are only paid out of any money obtained for the injury and death.