Numerous power morcellator lawsuits have been filed alleging that the surgical tool can spread cancerous cells when the device shreds uterine fibroid tissue. These cases are being filed all over the country from states such as California, Florida and Missouri. Because of the amount of cases, a transfer order was issued on October 15, 2015 consolidating 20 power morcellator personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits to a U.S. District Court in Kansas. More power morcellator lawsuits are expected to be filed.
Why Were The Cases Consolidated?
It is beneficial to consolidate the cases when they are all about similar issues. In these initial 20 cases, the patients and their families, the plaintiffs, requested their cases to be consolidated in what is known as Multidistrict Litigation (MDL). This allows the plaintiffs to maintain individual lawsuits, but streamlines the process in one court. Instead of 20 different cases going on all over the country at the same time, they can all be heard in one place. This makes the sharing of information more efficient and decisions more consistent, since one judge will be hearing them. In these cases, the plaintiffs brought personal injury and wrongful death cases specifically against power morcellator manufacturer Ethicon Inc.
Can More Lawsuits Be Added?
Additional lawsuits can still be filed even though these cases have already been consolidated. In fact, seven additional cases have been added as of November 15, 2015. Patients and family members are continuing to discover that they might have been harmed from the use of a power morcellator and filing lawsuits. In addition, more cases might be filed because studies are being conducted and events are still developing. For example, a major insurance company has recently stopped coverage for procedures using the device and the U.S. Congress is seeking an investigation about the use of power morcellators.
Speak With A Power Morcellator Lawyer
If you or someone you know has been harmed from the use of a power morcellator, you may be able to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. Our firm is working with experienced power morcellator lawyers who are investigating these cases. They may be able to file a power morcellator lawsuit for you and they charge no fee unless you win an award or settlement. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call us toll free at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online.