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Olympus to pay $6.6 million

Medical Device Maker Olympus to Pay $6.6 Million in Infection Lawsuit

July 31, 2017
Medical device manufacturer Olympus Corp. has been ordered by a Washington state jury to pay $6.6 million in a lawsuit over a patient’s fatal infection for failing to adequately instruct a hospital on the use of one of its devices.

The jury ordered the Virginia Mason Medical Center to pay $1 million in damages to the family of Richard Bigler, who died in 2013 from an infection after an endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography that involved the use of Olympus’s TJF-Q180v duodenoscope. The procedure is for the treatment of pancreatic cancer.

The jury ruled that the device itself was safe for use, but that the company provided hospitals with knowingly incorrect instructions for its use – and that, therefore, Olympus was liable, as well, for damages.

If you believe that your health has been jeopardized by faulty medical devices, or that a medical device was used improperly during your surgical procedure, you may very well have a case. Contact TheLawFirm.com right away for your free consultation.

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Ethically Challenged Ethicon

No company has done less to earn the name “Ethicon” than Ethicon. We’re willing to wager that Ethicon is one of the most unethical pharmaceutical companies around – and that’s saying something.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) knew that Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Physiomesh was an inferior, dangerous product. That’s why the agency strongly encouraged Ethicon to recall the Physiomesh in 2016.

Even though Ethicon did recall the Physiomesh, the company won’t admit it. Johnson & Johnson calls the recall a “voluntary withdrawal.”

The attorneys at TheLawFirm.com call that “a load of hogwash.”

The problems with the Ethicon Physiomesh can be traced back to the problems with its design. In fact, the things that make the Ethicon Physiomesh stand out in a medical marketplace crowded with hernia mesh products are not its benefits, but its flaws.

All hernia mesh devices are made of polypropylene, a strong, lightweight plastic with a million and one uses. But polypropylene, even when sterilized, has been shown in countless clinical trials to decay when implanted in the human body. When it decays, it can cause infection. It can even cause severe bleeding and trauma in internal organs.

Nevertheless, the manufacturers of the Ethicon Physiomesh decided to compromise its quality by using an especially lightweight polypropylene.

So Johnson & Johnson made an unsafe product even less safe. Not only is it more prone to decaying, but the Physiomesh can easily rip. The sole purpose of a hernia mesh is to keep internal tissues in place. A ripped hernia mesh is utterly useless. More than that, it’s dangerous.

Kind of makes you wonder why any doctor or surgeon would recommend the use of the Ethicon Physiomesh.

And that’s why it’s important to remember that your doctors are as much as victim of Johnson & Johnson’s greed as you are. Your doctors and surgeons were on the receiving end of countless sales pitches – both high-pressure and subtle – from Johnson & Johnson. Whether they knew it or not, they were coerced by Johnson & Johnson to recommend the Physiomesh.

And now you’re paying the price.

Which is exactly why it’s time to even out the balance sheet. The time to take legal action against Johnson & Johnson is now. And the expert lawyers at TheLawFirm.com are the ones you want by your side.

We specialize in cases about the Ethicon Physiomesh. We know how to try them, and we know how to win them.

If you’ve experienced health problems as a result of the surgical implantation of the Ethicon Physiomesh, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation. Contact TheLawFirm.com to learn how we can help you.

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