A federal jury in Arizona has returned a verdict of $2 million in compensatory damages and another $2 million in punitive damages for a woman whose IVC blood filter broke inside her body, causing her to undergo open heart surgery for her survival. As reported by Law360, the jury found that vein filter manufacturer C.R. Bard had negligently failed to warn the plaintiff and doctors of the device’s problems despite numerous reports of IVC-filter-caused complications. [Read more…]
Lieff Cabraser partner Sarah London has created a short video discussing recent cryogenic preservation tank failures at San Francisco’s Pacific Fertility Clinic and at a separate clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, and the rights of women and families affected by the tank failures.
With nearly 700,000 endoscopic procedures done every year in the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is eager for remedies to prevent “superbug” infection outbreaks that have plagued patients and hospitals alike. A change to duodenoscope design by Japanese device maker Pentax that involves the use of disposable device caps has federal officials optimistic about potential reductions in infections that will protect patient health.
Lieff Cabraser has filed a product liability and negligence wrongful death lawsuit in federal court in New Jersey against surgical tool maker Karl Storz GMBH & Co. relating to its power morcellator surgical tool and allegedly increased cancer risks relating to the device’s use in hysterectomies. [Read more…]
Congress is about to vote on a bill that could restrict the rights of all Americans to obtain justice in our court system in cases of medical malpractice, including in cases involving negligent nursing homes and defective prescription drugs and medical devices. This bill would tip the scale against injured patients and their families in favor of the insurance industry and other large corporations. [Read more…]
In an attempt to reduce the spread of bacteria between patients, Olympus redesigned and modified its duodenoscope medical devices last year. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now reports that five patients were infected with deadly bacteria after being treated with the updated devices, which were approved by the FDA in early 2016. [Read more…]
Surgical device manufacturer Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, has issued a voluntary inventory recall of its Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh product due to patient injury risks due to complications from surgery. According to the company’s Field Safety Notice, recurrence and re-operation rates after hernia repair surgery using Ethicon Physiomesh Composite Mesh “were higher than the average rates of [other] meshes among patients in these registries.” [Read more…]
On December 1, 2016, a Texas jury found in favor of six plaintiffs in a trial against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics over injuries relating to the companies’ Pinnacle brand metal-on-metal hip implants that failed in many patients. As reported by Law360, on January 3, 2017 U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade reduced the more than $1 billion in punitive damages the jury awarded in the case to $543 million in light of Supreme Court precedent finding constitutional limits to punitive damage awards. [Read more…]
Stryker Orthopaedics has announced that it has reached a settlement with plaintiffs in both federal multidistrict litigation and New Jersey multicounty litigation over injury claims relating to Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants. The settlement will compensate eligible U.S. patients who had surgery to replace their hip stems (known as revision surgery) prior to December 19, 2016. [Read more…]
As reported by the Wall Street Journal (subscription), after finding numerous and repeated lapses the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is pushing hospitals to comply with reporting rules relating to potentially dangerous endoscope and morcellator medical devices. The move comes after the federal agency says U.S. hospitals did not report on the potentially deadly risks of cancers spread via morcellator devices used in hysterectomies, as well as failing to report severe and sometimes fatal endoscope-procedure-related antibiotic resistant infections. [Read more…]