Lawsuits filed against the manufacturers of the copper IUD ParaGard allege that design and manufacturing defects in this birth control device make it prone to break while it is being removed. When this occurs, women with ParaGard may experience serious, painful, and potentially deadly side effects.
If you or a loved one used ParaGard for birth control and were injured during the removal of the copper IUD, contact the law firm of Hissey, Mulderig & Friend to learn more about whether you may qualify to file a lawsuit and receive compensation for your injuries.
Side Effects Caused by Defects in ParaGard Copper IUDs
ParaGard is a copper intrauterine device (IUD) that was supposed to be safer than other types of birth control because it does not contain hormones. However, over the last few years, the Food and Drug Administration has received numerous reports of women who suffered complications from the birth control device because it broke while being removed from their bodies.
ParaGard is a T-shaped device that can be used for birth control for up to 10 years. After this period has expired, or when a woman is ready to become pregnant, she can visit a medical professional to have the device removed in their office. This procedure is supposed to take only a few minutes.
However, because of the T-shaped design of ParaGard, medical experts have found that the device has a tendency to break while it is being removed. When this occurs, pieces from the T-shaped arms of the copper IUD can become lodged in the body, causing serious, painful, and potentially deadly side effects.
If ParaGard breaks while it is being removed, the broken pieces of the T-shaped birth control device can become lodged inside a woman’s body, causing organ or tissue damage. In some cases, the broken pieces of the copper IUD can migrate to other parts of the body, where they can cause additional injuries.
In cases where ParaGard causes damage to the uterus, women may be forced to undergo a hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus). Other ParaGard users with complications from the device have been forced to undergo surgery in order to repair damage to their tissue or internal organs caused by the copper IUD.
Lawsuits Filed Over Complications from Copper IUDs
Dozens of women who were injured after their copper IUD broke while it was being removed from their body have filed lawsuits against Teva and Copper Surgical, the manufacturers of the birth control device. These lawsuits have alleged that the copper IUD was unreasonably dangerous because of design and manufacturing defects that make the device more likely to break while it is being removed, putting patients at risk of serious and potentially fatal complications.
Earlier this year, more than 120 lawsuits against ParaGard were consolidated in Georgia in a legal proceeding known as a multidistrict litigation, or MDL. An MDL designed to consolidate numerous lawsuits that have been filed over a related legal matter to be consolidated before a single judge in order to make it easier for both sides in the case to present evidence and reach a settlement.
Because the ParaGard MDL was only consolidated a few months ago, there is still time for women who were injured while their IUD was being removed from their body to speak with a lawyer and file a lawsuit to receive compensation. Although only about 120 ParaGard lawsuits have been filed so far as part of the Georgia MDL, legal experts have predicted that hundreds, maybe even thousands, of cases could eventually be included in this litigation.
Find Out If You Qualify to File a ParaGard Lawsuit
If you or a loved one used the ParaGard copper IUD for birth control and experienced complications after the device broke while it was being removed, you may qualify to file a lawsuit and receive compensation for your injuries and medical expenses. The first step in taking legal action is to consult with an experienced birth control attorney to find out whether you may be eligible to take legal action.
For more information about the dozens of lawsuits that have already been filed by Paragard users and to schedule a free legal consultation with an attorney about filing a claim, contact the law firm of Hissey, Mulderig & Friend by calling toll-free at 1-866-806-8117. You can also reach us by filling out the free case evaluation form located on the right side of this page for desktop users, or at the bottom of the page on your mobile device.
After we receive your information, one of our staff members will contact you to obtain any additional information that we need and help you schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers.