The Dangers of Using a Morcellator

A morcellator is a device used to trap cancerous tissue during hysterectomies and surgeries to remove fibroids. The devices resemble a drill with sharp blades at the end. Doctors insert the long, tube-like portion into small incisions in the abdomen, perform morcellation of the uterus or fibroid by chopping up the tissue, and vacuum it out of the body.

The use of morcellators has been linked to cancer growth in women. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration allowed an Irish company to market its new power morcellator tissue collection system. The bag promises to trap potentially cancerous tissue and prevent it from spreading in the body, but the new tool is not guaranteed to stop the spread of cancer.

If you have suffered from the aggressive growth of cancer after undergoing a medical procedure involving a power morcellator, please speak with the lawyers at Williams Kherkher. Call us today at (800) 220-9341 to learn more about your rights and to hold negligent parties responsible.


What is Risperdal?

Risperdal, or risperidone, is an antipsychotic drug used to treat schizophrenia, some symptoms of bipolar disorder, and irritability in children with autism.

Risperidone is not approved for use when an individual has dementia because it may increase the risk of death in older adults. Doctor’s advice is also needed before giving the drug to a child. When taking Risperdal, individuals should drink plenty of fluids as it can cause overheating and dehydration. Risperdal may impair your thinking or reactions. Mild side effects are headache, fever, stiff muscles, confusion, sweating, fast or uneven heartbeats, tremors, trouble swallowing, dry mouth, dizziness, or fainting. Other adverse effects may include gynecomastia (male breast tissue enhancement), diabetes, sexual dysfunction, heart attacks, suicidal thoughts, pancreatitis, and bone loss.

If you or a loved one has experienced side effects or complications after using Risperdal, you may be eligible to file a claim against the manufacturer. Contact the Risperdal attorneys of Williams Kherkher today at (800) 220-9341 to learn how we can help you.


Possible treatments for individuals with gynecomastia

When male individuals experience hormonal imbalances such that their estrogen level increases relative to their androgen hormone, their breasts may become unusually large. Though some cases of gynecomastia improve during puberty after several months, other men with this condition may consider the following treatments if the problem persists.

  • Patients may want to lessen breast volume by undergoing selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM) therapy

  • Patients may be advised to take medications like Danazol or Clomiphene

  • Older patients, or those who have abnormal hormone levels, may be advised to undergo testosterone replacement

  • Individuals who have serious cases of gynecomastia are usually required to undergo mammoplasty surgery to reduce their breast size

Although men who develop gynecomastia only have a small chance of contracting breast cancer, they are likely to suffer from psychological problems from having unusually large breasts.

Gynecomastia, unfortunately, is one of the dangerous side effects of taking Risperdal for the treatment of conditions such as schizophrenia, autism, and bipolar disorder. If you think that taking Risperdal has caused your gynecomastia, the talented legal team at Williams Kherkher may be able to represent you. Call our offices at (800) 220-9341 to learn more about your legal options and discuss your situation.


Surgical treatments available for individuals with uterine cancer

A woman who has been diagnosed with uterine cancer is often required to undergo a surgical procedure, depending on how advanced the cancer is and how feasible it is to prevent cancer from spreading to other parts of the body.

A gynecologic surgeon may perform a hysterectomy to remove the cervix and the uterus of the patient if the tumor found is likely to spread to other parts of the body. In a “radical hysterectomy,” the surgeon may also need to remove some parts of the vagina. Vaginal parts like the ovaries and fallopian tubes may also be removed if the patient is menopausal. In some instances, a surgeon may want to find out whether the cancer spread to the patient’s lymph nodes by performing a “sentinel lymph node biopsy.” The procedures are then followed by strategic therapy sessions to fully suppress cancer cells.

Unfortunately, uterine cancer treatment is often expensive, leaving patients and their families struggling with great financial loss. However, if your cancer has spread as the result of a morcellation surgery, the legal team at Williams Kherkher may be able to work for you. Find out how we may help you get the compensation you deserve by calling (800) 220-9341.


Typical symptoms of uterine cancer

The earliest symptom indicating that a woman may have uterine cancer is when a lump or tumor starts to develop in the uterus as a result of uncontrollable growth or change of cells in the uterine cavity. Women who are considering undergoing diagnostic tests should note the possible symptoms of this kind of reproductive cancer:

  • Painful urination or other problems urinating
  • Abnormal bleeding in the vagina that can come in the form of discharge or spotting
  • Any pain felt around the pelvic region
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Abnormal bleeding in the uterus or menorrhagia

Uterine cancer in the female’s reproductive system may also spread to other parts of the body. Women are advised to immediately see their physician if they experience any of these symptoms.

Unfortunately, some women who undergo a myomectomy or hysterectomy may experience the spread of uterine cancer as a result of using power morcellators during the procedure. If undergoing a morcellator surgery has caused the spread of your cancer, the lawyers at Williams Kherkher may be able to help you. Call our office at (800) 220-9341 to find out how we could help you receive the compensation you need for recovery.


Attorney Steven Kherkher Wins $46.5 Million Verdict Against Monsanto

Yesterday, attorney Steven Kherkher of Williams Kherkher won a $46.5 million verdict against Monsanto and three other companies in a 10-2 jury decision in a St. Louis Circuit Court. Kherkher represented 3 plaintiffs in this case – which is just the latest in a string of lawsuits against Monsanto – alleging that Monsanto was aware of a connection between polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) exposure and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, but that they continued to market the compounds as safe for use into the 1970s.

The jury award included $17.5 million for the three named plaintiffs in the case, as well as another $29 million in punitive damages against Monsanto and the three other defendants. When asked about the jury’s decision, a 24-year-old juror in the case stated “I think it goes to show that large companies can put stuff out there that’s harmful and they can do it for along [sic] time but that justice is going to be served whether it’s a year after the products are put out, or in this case, 80 years.”

From 1935 to 1977, Monsanto was the leading manufacturer of PCBs in the United States, which were used widely in paint, food packaging materials, and industrial equipment, among other products. The EPA banned the use of PCBs in 1979, stating that “PCBs have caused birth defects and cancer in laboratory animals, and they are a suspected cause of cancer and adverse skin and liver effects in humans.”

You can read more about this important case by clicking here or here.


John Boundas named to Super Lawyers

At Williams Kherkher, we are proud to announce that John Boundas, a partner here at the firm, has been selected to Super Lawyers once again; John has earned the recognition each and every year since 2009.  He was also named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in both 2004 and 2009.

In order to be selected to Super Lawyers, attorneys must pass through a four step selection process in which they are nominated by peers, evaluated through independent research, evaluated by their peers, and then finally selected for recognition. Only 5% of lawyers are actually selected to Super Lawyers. That being said, our entire team would like to congratulate John on his fine work and for once again earning this recognition.


Update on OGA Charters Bus Accident

Officials have reported that a total of 8 individuals were killed and 44 others injured in Saturday’s OGA Charters rollover bus accident that occurred near Laredo, Texas. Additionally, records provided by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration have revealed that OGA Charters has twice been ordered by regulators to address safety concerns with one of their buses.

In May of 2015, Louisiana state inspectors ordered OGA Charters to take one of its buses out of rotation so that they could address concerns with the vehicle’s brakes and emergency exit. The company was again ordered to remove this bus from the road in August of 2015 when the problems worsened.

It is unclear if the bus involved in Saturday’s accident is the same bus at the center of these 2015 safety concerns.


OGA Charters bus accident results in 8 deaths, approximately 40 injuries

Photo: Danny Zaragoza/LMT

Photo: Danny Zaragoza/LMT

A devastating OGA Charters bus crash on U.S. 83 in South Texas has resulted in the deaths of 8 passengers and has left around 40 people injured. Webb County officials have reported that the bus originated in the Rio Grande Valley and was on its way to the Kickapoo Lucky Casino Hotel in Eagle Pass, which is about 125 miles northwest of Laredo.

The highway at the scene of the one-vehicle rollover accident remained closed this afternoon as emergency crews and investigators continued their work at the site.

It is always tragic to hear about accidents on Texas highways, especially those involving high-volume passenger vehicles, like buses. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the families of those involved.


Massive four-alarm warehouse fire in Houston releases hazardous materials

It took nearly 200 firefighters and 65 fire units to bring a fire that burned through a warehouse complex at 1700 Laverne Street under control earlier today. Authorities suspect that hazardous materials burned in the fire and declared it a “‘hazardous material incident,’” according to NBCDFW.com. The fire is believed to have moved through a number of businesses, including a gun store and company that “fills and labels containers of ‘powders, granules, liquids, and gels.’”

Out of concern for the hazardous materials that may have been consumed in the fire, authorities ordered residents of the nearby Spring Branch neighborhood to stay in their homes until the fire was contained. Additionally, fire officials recommended that residents actively take steps to prevent smoke from entering their homes. Neighborhood residents were eventually allowed to leave their homes around 2 p.m.

The fire is believed to have started in the back yard of a nearby home at around 10 a.m. before then jumping over to the warehouse complex. Though the exact cause of the fire has yet to be determined, it is currently under investigation by authorities. As of now, no injuries have been reported.


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