The copper IUD ParaGard may break during removal, causing serious injuries. If you or a loved one were injured by a broken ParaGard IUD, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit and receive compensation for your injuries and medical costs.
To start your claim today, contact the lawyers at Hissey Mulderig & Friend by calling our office toll-free at 1-866-806-8117 or by filling out the free claims form on the right side of this page.
➢ Serious Injuries from Broken ParaGard IUDs
Thousands of women who were implanted with the copper IUD ParaGard have experienced serious and potentially deadly side effects caused by the device.
In some cases, pieces of the IUD can break off, either when it is being removed, or while it is still in use. When this occurs, doctors may be forced to perform a hysteroscopy or other invasive surgery in order to retrieve the broken pieces and prevent additional injuries.
For some patients, doctors may be unable to locate and retrieve the broken pieces of the ParaGard IUD. When this occurs, these broken pieces can become embedded in the walls of the uterus or travel to other areas of the body. This can cause serious and potentially fatal side effects, including:
- Severe pain
- Organ perforation
- Other organ damage
Patients who experience severe damage to their uterus caused by broken pieces of their ParaGard IUD may be forced to undergo a hysterectomy (surgery to remove the uterus).
The FDA has received more than 40,000 reports of patients with complications caused by ParaGard, including more than 15,000 cases involving serious complications and at least 15 deaths.
➢ Other Complications from ParaGard
Even in cases where ParaGard does not break, the device can still cause serious side effects. Some of the other complications associated with the copper IUD include:
- Migration of the IUD inside the body
- Ectopic pregnancy
- IUD embedded in the uterus
- Inflammation from copper absorbed by the body
- Perforation of the cervix or uterine wall
Many women who use ParaGard for birth control have also reported milder side effects associated with the device, including:
- Heavy bleeding
- Severe menstrual pain
- Bleeding between their periods
➢ ParaGard Lawsuits Filed Over Broken IUDs
Dozens of women who suffered broken IUDs or other severe side effects have filed ParaGard lawsuits against Teva and CooperSurgical, a division of the Cooper Companies, which purchased ParaGard in 2017.
These lawsuits have alleged that ParaGard was defectively designed or defectively manufactured, and that Teva and CooperSurgical were negligent for failing to properly warn doctors and patients about the risk of broken IUDs or other severe side effects associated with the device.
In December 2020, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated more than two dozen of these lawsuits in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the Northern District of Georgia. Unlike a class action lawsuit, all of the claims involved in the Georgia MDL will remain as separate lawsuits. The MDL process helps to streamline the litigation process for plaintiffs in order to speed up settlement negotiations.
All of the lawsuits that were consolidated in the Georgia MDL involved similar allegations against Teva: that ParaGard had a tendency to break when it was being removed, leading to infertility or other serious and painful injuries, which may require surgery to remove broken pieces of the device or repair injuries caused by the copper IUD.
➢ Start Your Claim Today
If you or a loved one were implanted with the ParaGard copper IUD and have experienced complications from the device, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit and receive compensation for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and other costs.
The attorneys at the law firm of Hissey, Mulderig & Friend have decades of collective experience in lawsuits involving defective birth control products. Our lawyers have represented women in lawsuits involving birth control products such as the Ortho Evra patch, Mirena IUDs, and Yaz and Yasmin birth control pills, as well as numerous other product liability cases.
To start the process of filing your claim today, contact the law firm of Hissey, Mulderig & Friend by giving us a call toll-free at 1-866-806-8117. If you prefer, you can also contact our office by filling out the free case evaluation form located on the right side of this page.
After we receive your information, one of our female staff members will contact you to discuss your situation confidentially and to help you begin the process of filing your claim.