Surgical Stapler Injury Lawsuit
Surgical Stapler Injury Lawsuit
We are now investigating claims that surgical staplers are causing serious injuries, life-changing complications, and even death. Contact us today to get your case evaluated for FREE.
Surgeons use surgical staplers in many different surgeries, and their use has been increasing. Most of the surgical staplers used in American hospitals are manufactured by subsidies of Medtronic. These devices are used to close wounds and surgical openings. Surgery staplers can be an alternative to suturing and hand stitching for surgical incisions and openings.
However, like the normal stapler, surgical staplers can jam, or fail to work correctly. If this happens near sensitive tissues and organs, such as the gastrointestinal tract, lungs, hearts, etc, the consequences can be devastating. Complications from a surgical stapler failure can include death, sepsis, internal bleeding, the need for permanent ostomy bag, damage to internal organs, additional surgeries, and life-long nutritional and digestive issues.
The FDA Has Issued a Recall
After review of the FDA’s Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience (MAUDE) database we have found more than 41,000 adverse event reports filed between January 1, 2011, and March 31, 2018. According to this review, surgical staplers have malfunctioned approximately 32,000 times. There have been 9,000 serious patient injuries. As many as 350 patients are known to have died as a result of these surgical staplers.
While surgical stapler manufacturers have known of the problems with their devices, and doctors have kept the amount of malfunctions that were occurring in the dark. A recent investigative report discovered that the surgical stapler injury reports received by surgical stapler manufacturers were being kept in a non-public database. As a result, when a doctor or a hospital would go to look up information about the safety of these devices, they would only see a handful of malfunction reports, as opposed to the 109,997 that were actually sent in. In 2016 for instance, only 84 stapler injuries or malfunctions were openly submitted, while nearly 10,000 malfunction reports hid in database.
Surgical Stapler Malfunctions: What Are the Consequences?
Due to malfunctions, misuse, and defective design of surgical staplers, patients have suffered numerous types of surgical stapler injury and complications. Furthermore, with long-term or permanent consequences and/or requiring additional surgeries and treatments. These injuries include:
- internal bleeding
- organ damage
- fistula (abnormal connection between organs and blood vessels)
According to adverse event reports, the most common surgical stapler malfunctions are:
- failure to fire staples
- misfiring or difficulty in firing
- leaks in the staple line (the wound or incision closure)
- staple malformation
- using the incorrect staple for a given surgery
These injuries can cause severe and life threatening complications. Do not wait to seek representation from an experienced attorney.
Perdue & Kidd Can Help You Get Compensation
If you or a loved have suffered serious injury by the use of a surgical stapler, our surgical stapler injury lawyers are ready to talk to you. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation to learn how may be eligible for compensation. We do not get paid unless you do. We take all cases on a contingent fee basis.
Victims of errors involving surgical staplers are already filing lawsuits. A jury in California awarded a victim $80 Million, including $70 Million in punitive damages, for a surgical stapler injury suffered during surgery that inflicted significant internal injuries.
If you’ve been seriously injured by a surgical stapler, know that you don’t have to fight alone. Our attorneys at Perdue & Kidd have decades of experience helping injured clients get the financial rewards they deserve. Fill out our contact form or use our 24/7 chat service for immediate help.