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Widely Used Surgical Stapler Recalled After Discovery of Serious Defects...

Did You Suffer Complications Due To Staples In A Surgery Between March 2018 to May 2019?

From the desk of:
Andy Bederman, Managing Attorney

To Surgery Patients:

If you (or a loved one) received surgical staples during a surgery that occurred between March 15, 2018 and May 31, 2019, this may be the most important message you will ever read...

Here is why...

In May, the FDA issued a Class 1 Recall (the most serious) for the Ethicon® Endo-Surgery Curved Intraluminal Staplers -- due to alarmingly high-rates of reported failures and complications during surgery.

Please continue reading as these new developments may have a significant impact on you...

What Is The Ethicon® Endo-Surgery Stapler?

The Ethicon® Endo-Surgery Curved Intraluminal Stapler (and its endoscopic variation) are surgical staplers that are commonly used in the following types of surgery...

  • Gastrointestinal surgery
  • Colorectal cancer surgery
  • Bariatric surgery
  • Endo-related surgery
  • And more...

These defective staplers were widely used by surgeons between the dates of March 15, 2018 to May 31, 2019 before the FDA recall was issued.

A total of 92,496 affected staplers are part of the recall – and already there are mounting reports of serious injuries in patients who received staples from these devices.

Why Were These Surgical Staplers Immediately Recalled?

The recalled staplers received mounting reports for "misfiring staples"which cause serious damage instead of having the intended effect of repairing the gastrointestinal tract, stomach, colon or intestines (to name a few).

This serious defect in the stapler also produces "malformed" staples. It is these malformed staples that have caused serious injuries in patients.

The injuries from the malformed staples can include the following...

  • Sepsis
  • Bleeding (internal)
  • The need for permanent ostomy "bag"
  • Life-long nutritional deficiencies
  • Life-long digestive issues
  • Leak in the closure (anastomotic leak)
  • Additional surgeries
  • Need for antibiotics
  • Need for additional imaging studies
  • And even death...

Would I Know If I Received Staples From the Recalled Ethicon® Surgical Stapler?

Not necessarily.

It is possible that your surgeon didn’t realize the staples became malformed.

Many surgeons reported immediate feedback upon staple insertion of the stapler malfunctioning and "misfiring". There are reports from surgeons of strange, crunching noises that occur during device malfunction.

Oftentimes the surgeons can clearly see that the staple procedure "went wrong". Noticeable signs of serious injuries, such as tears and perforations, are often immediately apparent.

But, not for every patient.

Some patients may be told the surgery "went well" – and the doctor may not be aware that the staples were malformed and did serious damage on entry.

Only after the patient suffers health complications post-surgery and visits their surgeon for a follow-up, do they determine that the staples may be to blame.

And because the recall is so recent (May 2019), many doctors in the period before the recall was announced may not have suspected the staples could be the cause of complications.

During this period before the recall, many surgeons were still "in the dark" and unaware that the Ethicon® Surgical Staplers were defective – which may have lead to exploratory surgery to discover the culprit.

What the Ethicon® Surgical Stapler Recall Means For You...

If you are still reading this, it means you likely fall into this scenario...

DOES THIS SCENARIO DESCRIBE YOU?

  • I underwent surgery between March 15, 2018 and May 31, 2019 and subsequently experienced complications or additional surgeries due to staple-related issues.
  • I underwent surgery between March 15, 2018 and May 31, 2019 and subsequently experienced complications or additional surgeries due to fix problems related to the original surgery – but am unaware of the root cause of the problem.
  • A loved one experienced either of the above.

Our law office is currently investigating these cases.

Our law firm is helping patients find out if they received surgical staples from the recalled Ethicon® Staplers. With your authorization, we are able to obtain your surgical records and confirm whether the affected staplers were used in your surgery.

I Experienced Complications That Required Additional Surgery...

If you believe you have been affected by the surgical stapler recall, you likely have experienced one or more of the following complications that required medical attention:

  • Sepsis
  • Bleeding (internal)
  • The need for permanent ostomy "bag"
  • Life-long nutritional deficiencies
  • Life-long digestive issues
  • Leak in the closure (anastomotic leak)
  • Additional surgeries
  • Need for antibiotics
  • Need for additional imaging studies
  • And even death...

So please continue reading because it is critically important for you to understand not only the medical aspects of all this, but also the LEGAL aspects behind your safety and well-being.

You May Be Eligible For Financial Compensation Having Been Affected By A Defective Surgical Stapler

Medical device manufacturers are subject to STRICT guidelines and rules by the FDA.

The FDA puts rules in place that require medical device manufacturers to conduct extensive testing, research and clinical trials before their device can be used in operations.

...this is done so doctors and patients like YOURSELF can weigh the benefits of using a particular medical device against the possible dangers and consequences it may pose.

And it gives doctors the ability to make an informed decision about which brand surgical stapler to use, based on available safety data gathered in pre-market testing and trials.

When A Manufacturer Doesn't Adequately Test The Safety of A Surgical Stapler, Doctors & Patients Become Victims -- And All You're Left With Is A Dangerous Staple Inside You...

As a result of Ethicon®, Inc (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson) failing to design a sufficiently safe and effective surgical stapler, you or a loved one may have suffered negative health consequences, needed additional surgeries, experienced emotional pain, incurred lost wages due to time off work, and other significant related expenses.

Because of this... you may be entitled to what are called "damages", which is just a legal term for money awarded in individual lawsuits, settlements and class action lawsuits.

Because the Ethicon® Surgical Staplers had such a high-rate of failure, complications and need for additional surgeries, patients often find themselves burdened with substantial medical expenses.

Why should you have to bear the financial and emotion burden due to a defective surgical stapler?

What Your Next Step Should Be...

Our legal team has reviewed the available evidence and research, and our experience in medical device liability cases tell us, that we are in prime position to effectively help patients who are victims of the Ethicon® Surgical Stapler Recall and any subsequent injuries suffered.

We are offering a free legal consultation and case evaluation to patients who believe they may be affected.

If you'd like to learn more and speak with a surgical stapler recall lawyer free of charge, this is your opportunity to discover the help that is available to you.

Getting started is simple and easy...

Fill out the contact form below or call us at 855-201-0394 for a free case evaluation and legal consultation. We will personally speak with you about your case.

Speaking to an attorney, you will get answers to the following...

  • How do I find out if my surgeon used the recalled stapler in my surgery? (if you don't already know)
  • Am I eligible to pursue a surgical stapler lawsuit?
  • What is involved and how does it work?
  • Should I file a lawsuit or seek a settlement?
  • How do I get started?
  • ...And more

This consultation with an attorney does not cost you anything and is 100% free and confidential. That means you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

You will speak to our attorneys -- lawyers with years of experience getting successful legal outcomes for victims like yourself.

We are currently accepting cases from all 50 states in the United States, so you are eligible to speak to us for free -- no matter what state you live in.

You should contact our firm if:

  • I underwent surgery between March 15, 2018 and May 31, 2019 and subsequently experienced complications or additional surgeries due to staple-related issues.
  • I underwent surgery between March 15, 2018 and May 31, 2019 and subsequently experienced complications or additional surgeries due to fix problems related to the original surgery – but am unaware of the root cause of the problem.
  • A loved one experienced either of the above.

And know this...

If at any point you do not believe we are the most qualified to help you get the compensation you rightfully deserve, you are not obligated in any way, shape or form to pay us or work with us. This is a NO-PRESSURE consultation.

We are confident you will see the extraordinary value we can offer you. Our law firm works strictly on a contingency basis -- meaning patients we represent only pay out of their recovery if they win their case.

You must act quickly because there is only a small window of time that patients can file a surgical stapler lawsuit or seek an Ethicon® settlement. This is called the "statute of limitations" -- and it is different for every state.

So act now and fill out the contact form at the bottom of the page. Or simply pick up the phone and call us right now at 855-201-0394.

We stand ready to help you win your case.

Sincerely,

Andy E. Bederman
Owner & Managing Attorney
Law Offices of Greenberg & Bederman, LLC

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