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Jacky Gale

Jacky contributes to Surgical Watch out of the hope that patients will become more aware of the healthcare issues that may affect them, and that they can become more informed advocates for their well-being.

Bellwether Trial Selection Continues in IVC Filter MDL

The multidistrict litigation (MDL) that centralized all federal Cook IVC filter lawsuits has taken another step forward with the identification of the second case to go to trial. More than 900 claims are currently pending in the MDL. They have been consolidated for pre-trial proceedings in the U.S. District Court for... Read more »

Plaintiff Claims Mirena Caused Intracranial Hypertension

Jacqueline Goyena of North Carolina is demanding that Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals be held liable for injuries that allegedly stemmed from her use of the defendant’s birth control device, Mirena. Specifically, she claims she was diagnosed with pseudotumor cerebri (PTC), also known as idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IH), which is a serious... Read more »

Concerns Raised About Possible Autonomous Robot Surgery

Robot-assisted surgery has grown increasingly popular. The da Vinci surgical platforms, designed and manufactured by Intuitive Surgical, have been added to surgical suites around the country. But with the increasing prevalence of robotic surgery comes a rise in litigation that alleges serious risks associated with this medical technique. Despite the... Read more »

Leadership Roles Sought in Bard IVC Filter MDL

Several attorneys who are representing plaintiffs in the Bard IVC filter multidistrict litigation (MDL) have applied for leadership roles, which would give them various responsibilities during the coordinated pretrial proceedings. Plaintiffs with cases pending in the MDL against C.R. Bard claim that the implanted medical devices can cause serious damages... Read more »