Mirena IUD Lawsuit Lawyer
Birth control can be confusing; however, it can equally be very necessary for many women. There are many types of birth control women can choose from. It is important when consulting your medical physician as to what would be a good option for you they give you all the necessary information on which to base your decision. Doing your own research on each form of birth control can be very beneficial to you as you are deciding which birth control to use. Unfortunately, some birth controls have higher risks or problems as a result of using such birth control. Mirena IUD (Intra-Uterine Device) is one that has been reported to have higher risk of problems or complications; however, this important safety warning was not properly informed to the public and women across the country when it was released. This failure to inform users and prescribers of the birth control complications have resulted in personal injury cases across the country.
What is the Mirena IUD?
The Mirena IUD was introduced by Bayer and approved by the FDA in 2000. The IUD acts as a long-term form of birth control that is inserted into the uterus while also releasing progestin levonorgestrel, which further protects against pregnancy by insuring the woman’s ovaries are not releasing eggs. The device was promoted as a safe and reversible form of birth control, which can prevent pregnancy for up to five years. For more information about the Mirena IUD, visit Mirena IUD FAQs.
Complications of the Mirena IUD
They include, but are not limited to the following:
- Both partial and complete IUD expulsion from the uterus
- IUD migration from the initial position
- Perforation of the uterine wall may result if the device migrates from its intended position, requiring surgery to remove the device and repair the perforation
- Perforation of the intestinal wall – may require surgery to remove the device and repair the perforation
- Ectopic pregnancy: pregnancy outside of the uterus; the fetus cannot survive an ectopic pregnancy (Although rare, it has been reported that half of all pregnancies that occur while using Mirena have resulted in ectopic pregnancies)
- Hysterectomy needed as a result of Mirena damage
- Adhesions, Infertility, infection, scarring, miscarriages
- Birth defects
- Excessive vaginal bleeding, ovarian cysts, pelvic inflammation
- Intestinal injury
For more information, visit Mirena IUD Statistics.
Why you might have a case
According to court cases across the United States, allegations were raised that Bayer knew or should have known about the risk of Mirena complications. The courts argued Bayer did not adequately warn women or the medical community of these dangers. The company was withholding such important information about the risk of horrifying complications, while continuing to promote the device as a hassle-free form of birth control. Claims say they were negligently and recklessly making false and misleading representations about the safety of the device. Bayer was criticized for many of their marketing campaigns that targeted “busy moms” suggesting that Mirena could increase the level of intimacy, romance and emotional satisfaction for women, despite documented reports from the clinical trials that at least 5% of participants experienced decreased libido after use. In addition, the marketing also suggested that the IUD would help women “look and feel great,” again knowing that the use of Mirena could result in side effects such as weight gain, acne, breast pain, and tenderness. Making these claims while also withholding information about the other serious complications–risk of uterus perforation, migration, and other debilitating problems–unnecessarily exposed women to a risk of injuries, which would have been prevented had they given women the opportunity to decide whether the benefits of a long-term, reversible birth control justified the danger of using the device. For more information, visit Mirena IUD Laws.
What kind of compensation may be available if you were harmed by the Mirena IUD?
As mentioned, it is alleged that Bayer knew or should have known of the complications of the IUD but continued to market it in such a way that represented Mirena as a safe form of birth control, while it in fact has many high risk complications as a result of its use. Financial compensation for a class action or individual personal injury lawsuit for those who were harmed may include the following:
- Medical expenses
- Hospital bills
- Further related medical treatment
- Pain and suffering
- Lost income resulting from inability to work or advance at work
- IUD complications
- Other – ask your attorney
Contact a lawyer to discuss your case
The experienced and knowledgeable attorneys at Christensen & Hymas can help you get the compensation that you deserve if you have suffered from complications as a result of using the Mirena IUD. Call us now for a no fee, no obligation free initial consultation at (801) 506-0800.
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