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Morcellator Cancer Lawsuit Settled Before Trial

Another important medical device injury lawsuit has settled before trial.  The first federal lawsuit filed against the makers of power morcellators alleging a risk of spreading cancer in women has been settled.   The lawsuit had been brought on behalf of Scott Burkart whose wife, Donna, died from an aggressive uterine cancer, diagnosed days after having a hysterectomy using a power morcellator.  This case was expected to be the first to go to trial.

Morcellators are used in about 10% of the hysterectomies perfored in the US.  You may hear of it being called a "robot-assisted" surgery.  The power morcellators shread the uterine tissue into pieces that can be removed through small incisions.  Unfortunately, this process also causes previously-undetected cancer cells to spread throughout the abdomen.

The FDA has issued warnings against use of this surgical device in gynecological procedures. In 2014, manufacturer Johnson & Johnson voluntarily stopped selling the devices.  The FBI has launched an investigation to determine what Johnson & Johnson knew about the cancer risk associated with the power morcellator before the company took it off the market.

Attorney Jean Martin has more than 15 years experience in handling medical device injury cases.  If you or a loved one have developed cancer after undergoing a hysterectomy using a power morcellator, please call Jean to discuss the claims being pursued and your legal rights.

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