As of March 15, 2016, there are about 31 pending morcellator lawsuits filed by women who had hysterectomies or uterine fibroid removal against J&J’s Ethicon unit before Judge Kathryn H. Vratil in Kansas, according to the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.
In 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a warning that about 1 in 350 women had an undiagnosed uterine cancer that could be spread by the surgical device. Lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and Ethicon claim the devices are defective and that the company knew about the possibility of spreading cancer but failed to warn the public. J&J claimed that their morcellators have always included cautions in their instruction for use about the potential spread of malignant tissue. J&J is already in talks to settle more of its cases. Individual settlements differ based on the specific injuries and circumstances of the case, but so far, the range of each settlement runs from $100,000 to about $1 million, according to Wall Street Journal.
If you have suffered from the aggressive growth of cancer after undergoing a medical procedure that made use of a power morcellator, please speak with our lawyers at Williams Kherkher. Call us today at (888) 220-0640 to learn more about your rights.
Risperdal or Risperidone (generic) is a medication that works in the brain to treat schizophrenia. It is also known as a second generation antipsychotic (SGA) or atypical antipsychotic. Risperidone works to balance dopamine and serotonin to adjust behavior.
Risperidone may help some or all of the following symptoms of schizophrenia:
- Hallucinations – imagined voices or images that seem real
- Delusions – beliefs that are not true (e.g., other people are reading your thoughts)
- Disorganized thinking or trouble organizing your thoughts and making sense
- Little desire to be around other people
- Trouble speaking clearly
- Lack of motivation
Risperidone is also FDA approved for the following indications:
- Acute treatment of manic or mixed episodes of bipolar disorder
- Maintenance (long-term) treatment of bipolar disorder (Risperdal Consta only)
- Irritability associated with autistic disorders
If you are planning on becoming pregnant, notify your healthcare provider to best manage your medications. Untreated schizophrenia has risks to the fetus, as well as the mother.
If you were treated with Risperdal for reasons other than those the drug is meant to treat and faced adverse side effects, you may be eligible for compensation. Call the attorneys at Williams Kherkher to speak with a representative. Our phone number is (888) 220-0640.