Are Power Morcellators Still Relevant in Surgery?

Though the list of side effects in regards to the use of power morcellators tends to grow more and more frightening the longer you look at it, many people claim that the chances of such effects are incredibly low and the question about whether people should use morcellation during surgery lingers.

In the case of Amy Reed, a doctor and opponent to the use of the instrument, had personally undergone uterine fibroid removal three years ago. After her surgery, a rare cancer appeared in her uterine wall and she has since undergone four separate surgeries to remove the subsequent tumors.

Furthermore, the FDA has released a public warning against the use of power morcellators, claiming that they spread the same rare cancer that Reed has faced. The use of the tool has decreased from 13.5% of surgeries calling for them to 2.8%. The number of complications in hysterectomy surgeries has since remained about the same, but the spread of cancer has decreased.

Johnson & Johnson, the largest distributor of the tool, did issue a recall fo their devices, but since it was voluntary, the residual effects have not totally bumped the tool from use. There are several active lawsuits that directly address the morcellator misuse, proving that most people understand that the danger is real.

If you developed previously undetected cancer in the uterine wall following morcellator use, or some other side effect in direct conjunction with the tool, contact one of our attorneys of Williams Kherkher today. Call us at (888) 220-0640 to learn more information.


Williams Kherkher Ranked Among Best Law Firms in U.S. News & World Report

Williams Kherkher has been ranked among the best law firms in Houston and the nation by U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.” We are honored to have received this prestigious distinction.

Our firm received a Tier 1 rating in Texas and a Tier 2 rating nationally for Mass Tort Litigation and Class Actions for plaintiffs.

The rankings were based on numerous factors, including evaluations from clients, other attorneys in our field, and information provided to the rankings administration. A Tier 1 score indicates that a firm scored within a few percentage points of the highest ranking firm. Williams Kherkher is happy to be included in “Best Law Firms” and we hope to continue doing the work that has earned us our high ratings.

If you have been injured by another person or the negligence of a corporation, call our injury attorneys at (888) 220-0640 to learn about what we can do to help you.


Risperdal suits result in huge fines against Johnson & Johnson

For the past three years, pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson has been shelling out huge amounts of money in over 1,500 Risperdal lawsuits.

Risperdal is an antidepressant prescribed by health practitioners for bipolar and schizophrenia disorders. The downside of the drug is that it may cause an increased level of prolactin, which could result in breast enlargement among male patients. The FDA released advisory related to the risk of death in elderly patients, and uncontrollable abnormal movements around the shoulder, face, and limbs of patients.

Among the damages incurred are three trials for not sufficiently cautioning patients about the risks of taking the drug. In November 2013, Johnson & Johnson was fined $2.2 billion because of civil and criminal claims. The company also suffered marketing claims settlements amounting to $158 million, $124 million, and $180 million in Texas, South Carolina, and D.C., respectively.

At Williams Kherkher, we recognize the dangers of pharmaceuticals, especially Risperdal. Contact us at (888) 220-0640 to learn more about your legal options.


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