Recent Lawsuits Against IUD Manufacturers Shed Light on Little Known Dangers
Intrauterine devices (IUDs) are T-shaped contraception devices that are implanted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy, with some products providing birth control for up to ten years. Although some IUDs have been on the market for a while, recent lawsuits have revealed the extent of dangerous injuries suffered by many women who have been implanted with IUDs.
A group of recent IUD lawsuits involves four women from Missouri who filed claims in federal court in Kansas City, Missouri. The claims allege that the Paragard IUD devices broke during removal procedures, causing injuries.
Paragard was manufactured and sold by Teva Pharmaceuticals until 2017 when The Cooper Companies, Inc. purchased Teva’s Paragard business and took over. Both Teva and Cooper (among other subsidiaries) are defendants in the Paragard lawsuits.
In addition to Paragard, Bayer Healthcare is facing an onslaught of lawsuits concerning its Mirena IUD contraception device. Mirena IUD lawsuits allege that the contraceptive device migrated from its original location in the uterus, perforating nearby organs. Many women with Mirena IUD injuries have required surgery.
Thousands of Mirena IUD lawsuits have been settled despite court rulings that have gone in Bayer Healthcare’s favor. Regardless of past settlements, women who suffer injuries caused by the Mirena IUD can still pursue legal options. Large mass tort settlements do not always preclude future claims.
Injuries Caused By Various IUD Contraception Devices
The injuries associated with defective IUD devices vary based on the type of device. The Paragard IUD, which releases copper, has been linked to breakage during removal procedures. The Mirena IUD, which does not release copper, has been linked to device migration and perforation of surrounding organs and tissues.
In the 1980s, the Dalkon Shield IUD, marketed by A.H. Robins, was the subject of hundreds of thousands of lawsuits alleging the IUD caused septic abortions and other severe infections. The company ultimately settled claims concerning its defective and dangerous IUD device.
Regardless of the manufacturer and type of IUD, the potential exists for a woman to experience painful and debilitating injuries. While some IUDs may be safer than others, in most cases, many of the safety concerns associated with an IUD are not adequately communicated to doctors and patients. As such, doctors and patients are not receiving necessary warnings about the IUD devices.
Contact the Mirena IUD Lawyers of Searcy Denney Today
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries associated with a Mirena IUD or any other IUD, such as Paragard, it is worth your time to speak with a Mirena IUD lawyer. Despite common injuries sustained by many women implanted with the Mirena IUD, every case is unique. As such, you deserve an individualized evaluation that considers your unique circumstances.
The Mirena IUD lawyers of Searcy Denney represent thousands of clients injured by defective medical devices, and the Mirena IUD is no exception. Find out how our lawyers can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
To schedule your free case evaluation to determine if you have a potential Mirena or Paragard IUD claim, contact Searcy Denney today by calling (800) 780-8607 or by completing a case inquiry form on our website.