Paragard IUD Lawsuit
If you or a member of your family experienced complications during removal of the Paragard IUD, you may be eligible to file a Paragard IUD lawsuit to seek financial compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and other damages. Our firm is currently investigating these kinds of claims.
The defective medical devices attorneys at Gordon & Partners are prepared to review your potential case in a free and confidential consultation. There is no risk or obligation to take legal action. Should you decide to move forward, our team can help you throughout the legal process. We have decades of experience obtaining millions in compensation on behalf of our clients across South Florida. Our partner Robert Gordon has made the Super Lawyers list each year since 2007.
Contact us to schedule your free consultation. There are no upfront costs or fees for our legal services.
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Am I Eligible To File a Case?
After an injury, you may be wondering if you can pursue legal action against the person or entity that harmed you. However, each situation is unique and complex. You may have a valid case, but we will not know that for sure until we get a better understanding of your situation. We may take several things into consideration, such as:
- The reason you decided to use this device versus other methods of contraception
- If the device had to be removed earlier than anticipated, perhaps due to expulsion
- Any complications during the removal of the device, including breakage or device migration
- Hospitalization needed to treat an infection or to surgically repair or remove a perforated organ
- Whether the device has been subject to a recall or safety alert
- Warnings issued about the risks of the implanted device
Determining liability in defective medical device cases can be complicated without consulting an experienced lawyer. We are ready to answer any questions or concerns you may have during a free consultation. There is no risk in calling us to learn more about your possible legal options.
What Forms of Compensation May Be Available?
The compensation you may be able to recover will depend on the details of your particular situation. We encourage you to contact the experienced attorneys at our firm to discuss the possible value of your claim.
There are several economic and non-economic damages that can arise in defective medical device cases:
- Medical expenses – These could include hospital and doctor visits, surgery costs, ultrasound imaging, antibiotics to treat infections, physical therapy and future medical expenses to cover ongoing care.
- Loss of wages – This may include lost wages or profits from missing work due to an injury and any income in the future one would have earned had the injury not affected the ability to work.
- Pain and suffering – You may be eligible for compensation for the pain, suffering, anguish, or loss of enjoyment of life resulting from the injury. These damages are hard to calculate without legal help.
- Loss of consortium – If an injury has had a negative impact on one’s relationship with his or her spouse or partner, these damages could help cover loss of companionship, loss of affection and loss of support.
There are many different forms of compensation that may be available to victims of defective medical devices. However, proving the value of these losses is very challenging without the help of a licensed attorney.
Our legal team can explain the compensation that may be available to you in a free consultation.
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Overview of the Paragard IUD
The Paragard Intrauterine Device (IUD) is designed to be implanted into a woman’s uterus to prevent pregnancy. It is a long-term, but reversible, form of contraception.
The device is T-shaped and made of flexible plastic and wrapped in copper wire and must be inserted by a qualified medical professional. Marketing for the device says it is more than 99 percent effective at preventing pregnancy and can do so for up to 10 years.
Paragard was originally manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals before being acquired by The Cooper Companies for $1.1 billion in 2017.
The device was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1984 and marketed four years later. It has since been widely recommended for use. The device is currently the only copper IUD available in the U.S. and unlike other IUD’s such as Mirena, Paragard is hormone-free.
The device works by continually releasing small amounts of copper into the uterus. The copper is believed to help to prevent the sperm from reaching the egg, which prevents pregnancy. The Paragard IUD also causes changes in the lining of the uterus to help reduce the risk of implantation.
Dangers Associated With Paragard
The Paragard IUD has been linked to a variety of serious injuries and complications. Some of the most common side effects after insertion can include:
- Heavier and longer menstrual periods
- Bleeding or spotting between periods
- Stomach pain, cramps or back pain
- Severe menstrual pain
The device can also cause pelvic inflammatory disease, which is an infection of the uterus or other reproductive organs and is most likely to occur within the first 20 days of insertion. While antibiotics are usually prescribed for treatment, this type of infection can lead to other threatening conditions, such as infertility, ectopic pregnancy, chronic pelvic pain and even death.
Users of copper intrauterine devices like Paragard are more likely to experience expulsion of the device compared to other types of IUDs. A study found 10.2 percent of women using copper IUDs experienced expulsion or the device moving out of place or completely out of the body, while just 4.9 percent of Mirena users did.
Full or partial expulsion could require surgery to remove the entire device, rendering the birth control ineffective.
Other dangers associated with Paragard IUD removal include:
- Device embedded in the uterus
- Perforation of the uterine wall
- Movement or migration of the device, leading to organ damage
- Device breakage during surgery
- Inflammation and injury from copper left in the body
- Scarring inside the uterus
- Possible hysterectomy or uterus removal
Since 2010, the FDA has received over 1,600 reports of device breakage. In some cases, the device failed well before the end of its expected lifespan, with the device becoming embedded in uterine tissue, fractured or broken into pieces upon removal and the copper wire completely missing. Many women have needed additional corrective surgery and suffered health complications as a result of these kinds of complications.
Paragard IUD Lawsuits Filed
Several women have begun filing lawsuits seeking compensation for their injuries against the current and former manufacturer, claiming neither company provided adequate warnings about the potential risks involved. These lawsuits have been filed in multiple cities and states, including Florida and Pennsylvania.
A Paragard IUD lawsuit was filed in state court against Teva Pharmaceuticals after a Florida woman had issues with the device. Within a year of device implantation, she began to experience severe complications, needing surgery to remove the device after it migrated out of her uterus and became embedded in her colon.
Another lawsuit has been filed in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas on behalf of a Louisiana woman whose reproductive organs were permanently damaged when a piece of the device broke off inside her uterus after implantation. The lawsuit alleges that device breakage was a known risk, but no warnings were issued by the manufacturer to users, despite FDA reports and safety labeling revisions.
Lawsuits against Teva Pharmaceuticals make similar allegations, including:
- Failing to warn users and medical professionals about the risks associated with the device
- Mispresenting the device as being a safe and effective form of birth control, leaving women vulnerable to injuries
- Designing a defective and dangerous medical device
Call Us to Discuss Eligibility for a Lawsuit
If you or a loved one suffered complications while using the Paragard IUD or serious injuries after removal of the device, we recommend that you seek legal representation as soon as possible. Our firm is currently investigating these kinds of claims. If you have a valid case, a licensed attorney at Gordon & Partners may be able to help you seek compensation for any physical, emotional and financial damages you have endured.
Schedule a free consultation today to discuss your situation. We are available 24/7 by phone or by completing an online case evaluation form. There is absolutely no risk or obligation to pursue legal action; if you have a case, you decide what you want to do next.
We provide our legal services on a contingency fee basis, so there are no upfront fees. We want you to focus on what is most important – your health and your recovery.