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Laura Woods

Laura enjoys promoting consumer rights by reporting on defective medical device and working to bring these important matters to light.

IVC Filter Class Action Lawsuits Filed in Canada

IVC filters are designed to protect patients from life-threatening blood clots, but two recently filed class action lawsuits in Canada claim the opposite. In January, Wendy Kopeck filed a $200 million class action lawsuit against Cook Medical after doctors deemed her IVC filter removal surgery too risky to perform back in... Read more »

Louisiana Woman Claims Morcellator Spread Her Cancer

A Louisiana couple has filed a lawsuit against Karl Storz Endoscopy-America, Inc., claiming that the company’s morcellator products are defective. Audrey Radford had a laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy with uterine morcellation on Dec. 15, 2014. Very shortly afterwards, she found out that she had uterine cancer. Prior to the procedure, there... Read more »

Study Highlights da Vinci Robot Surgery Complications

A research team has discovered that da Vinci robot surgery complications caused 144 patient deaths, 1,391 patient injuries and 8,061 device malfunctions from January 2000 to December 2013. The number of injuries and deaths per procedure have remained relatively constant since 2007. Surgical specialties where robots are frequently used, including... Read more »