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Olympus Colonoscope Lawsuits

Olympus Video Colonoscopes are medical devices that are used to examine a patient’s colorectal tract. The devices are used in routine screenings for diseases of the gastrointestinal system. Several lawsuits have been filed claiming that the defective design of the colonoscope spreads serious, resistant bacterial infections among patients.

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Contact our Olympus Colonoscope Lawyers to review whether you or a family member may be entitled to financial compensation. Levy Konigsberg LLP is currently accepting Olympus Colonoscope cases in all 50 states.

If you or a loved one has suffered one or more of these complications, you may be entitled to a cash award and compensation for medical expenses. For a free confidential consultation with Olympus Colonoscope Lawyers at our law firm, please call (800) 315-3806 or submit an email inquiry.

What is the Olympus Colonoscope?

There are various types of endoscopes used to examine different areas of the body without performing invasive surgery. The Olympus Colonoscope is designed to inspect the colon and large intestine. It is typically used as a diagnostic tool in patients over 50 years old.

What is Happening with the Olympus Colonoscope?

In the past few years, the Olympus Colonoscope and similar devices have been linked to the development of serious infections that do not respond to antibiotics. Some of these infections have been fatal. These devices are required to be thoroughly cleaned after each use. However, the flexible design of the Olympus Colonoscope makes it extremely difficult to clean, thereby enabling the growth of superbug bacteria in parts of the device that are hard to access.

In 2008, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning that endoscopes should be redesigned to reduce the risk of introducing infectious agents to patients. A Dutch hospital first reported that the Olympus scope trapped blood and tissue in its crevices and could transfer harmful bacteria to another patient. Olympus failed to issue a warning in the U.S. until 2015. Internal emails indicate that Olympus executives in the U.S. were instructed not to issue a general warning about the risks related to their devices.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a report in 2016 stating that approximately 450 patients at 30 hospitals in the country underwent procedures using endoscopes contaminated with bacteria. These cases, which took place between January, 2010 and October, 2015, resulted in 400 patients who contracted infections.

As of 2017, a lawsuit was set to proceed against Olympus for injuries associated with use of the Olympus colonoscope. The complaint, filed by 25 plaintiffs, could become a class action lawsuit.

http://documents.latimes.com/house-staff-report-fda-scope-document/

https://khn.org/news/device-maker-told-its-u-s-operation-no-warning-needed-on-scope-contamination-risk/

http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2017/06/class-action_against_baystate.html

Olympus Colonoscope Side Effects and Complications

Potential side effects of a procedure using a colonoscope include:

  • Organ perforation
  • Tearing in the stomach liming
  • Internal bleeding
  • Inflammation at the site of sedation

Serious side effects of using the Olympus Colonoscope:

  • Bacterial infections that are resistant to antibiotics
  • Death resulting from bacterial infections

Olympus Colonoscope Lawyers are Ready to Help

Contact our Olympus Colonoscope Lawyers to review whether you or a family member may be entitled to financial compensation. Levy Konigsberg LLP is currently accepting Olympus Colonoscope cases in all 50 states.

If you or a loved one has suffered one or more of these complications, you may be entitled to a cash award and compensation for medical expenses. For a free confidential consultation with Olympus Colonoscope Lawyers at our law firm, please call (800) 315-3806 or submit an email inquiry.

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