A lawsuit filed against Lina Medical ApS over a cancer death linked to one of the company’s laparoscopic power morcellators has been settled for an undisclosed amount.
Free Morcellator Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one developed cancer after undergoing surgery with a laparoscopic power morcellator, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of the morcellator and our lawyers can help.
What’s the Problem?
The lawsuit was filed March 2014 in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, on behalf of a man whose wife died in February 2013, less than a year after she had a hysterectomy in which the surgeon used a Lina power morcellator.
Shortly after the surgery, it was discovered that the woman had leiomyosarcoma, a rare but aggressive form of uterine sarcoma. According to the lawsuit, the morcellator spread and upstaged the undetected cancer cells in her uterus. The lawsuit was one of the first to involve such allegations, and was scheduled to go to trial in November 2015. The complaint is: Case 5:14-cv-01557-LS.
Morcellator Cancer Studies
A University of Michigan study published in Obstetrics & Gynecology in February 2015 found that approximately one in 368 women undergoing a hysterectomy or fibroid removal surgery had undetected uterine sarcoma. Cells from these cancers could be spread during morcellation, according to the researchers. The effect can upstage the cancer, making it more aggressive and difficult to treat.
“No reliable predictors of uterine sarcoma exist and caution is warranted in preoperative planning for hysterectomy,” study authors said.
Another study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Oncology found that women who undergo morcellation for hysterectomies have an increased risk of undetected cancer compared to women who undergo fibroid removal. The study confirmed information the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) previously announced, that risks increase with age.
Researchers said morcellators “should be used with caution” in older women. “Some women certainly would not want to take the risk of having a potential cancer disseminated,” said Dr. Jason Wright, lead author of the JAMA study.
Do I Have a Morcellator Lawsuit?
The Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in laparoscopic power morcellator lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new morcellation cancer cases in all 50 states.
Free Morcellator Cancer Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was diagnosed with cancer after undergoing surgery with a laparoscopic power morcellator, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Morcellation Cancer Suit and our lawyers can help.