Surgical staplers are commonly used by surgeons during routine surgeries to close incisions or lacerations and to connect internal tissues and organs instead of using sutures.
Patients who have undergone procedures using a surgical stapler have suffered numerous types of injuries including infections, internal bleeding and organ damage.
In fact, what many do not realize is that tens of thousands of adverse events have been reported to the FDA surrounding the use of surgical staplers, with tens of thousands of patients injured and hundreds of reported deaths.
And those reports reflect only what is publicly available. Last year, information emerged of a hidden database established by the FDA which essentially allowed adverse events including deaths to go unnoticed by the public putting the number of adverse events – injuries, deaths and malfunctions – at over 1 million since 2016.
Many surgical stapler injuries can be traced to surgical staplers malfunctioning during surgery causing serious injuries. Sometimes staplers misfire damaging surrounding tissue and organs or fail to seal the surgical area properly, leaving patients vulnerable to internal bleeding, infection, and even death. Sometimes inadequate training on the use of staplers is the culprit, pointing to a doctor’s or hospital’s negligence.
Patients who are injured or family members of a patient who has died as a result of the use of a surgical stapler may be entitled to compensation. Damages for past and future medical bills, past and future pain and suffering, lost wages and future earning capacity, past and future loss of enjoyment and, in some cases, punitive damages when negligence is involved.
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If you or your family member is injured as a result of a surgical stapler injury, seek help from an experienced medical negligence lawyer as soon as possible. Contact Des Moines surgical stapler injury attorney Marc A. Humphrey for immediate assistance at 515-310-3510.