Paragard intrauterine devices (IUD) have been connected to severe injuries like pregnancy complications, pelvic inflammatory disease, damage to the uterus, disruptions to the menstrual cycle and other health problems. Since their approval in 1984, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received tens of thousands of reports of adverse reactions after these IUDs have been implanted.
Our defective medical device lawyers are investigating claims by women who have suffered injuries after using these products. We offer a free consultation to discuss your claim with no obligation to take legal action, and there are no fees unless we recover compensation.
Lynch Law Firm has obtained more than $300 million in compensation on behalf of our clients. Parter James Lynch has been selected for the New Jersey Top 100 Lawyers List and is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
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Do I Have a Valid Case Against the Manufacturer?
No two claims have the same facts, so it is difficult to determine whether a person has a valid case for compensation without careful consideration. If you used a Paragard IUD and you suffered an injury, it would be in your best interest to speak to an attorney to learn more about your potential legal options.
There are many things we may need to consider about your eligibility for seeking compensation, including:
- Whether you were informed of the risks
- Warnings about the product from the manufacturer
- Whether you were hospitalized due to an infection
- Whether the device was removed prior to its 10-year lifespan
- Why you chose to use a copper IUD instead of a hormonal one
- If you experienced any issues when the device was removed, such as breakage
- If you have suffered other health complications
- If you experienced any issues while the device was implanted, such as pelvic irritation
- Whether you required surgery to remove the device or correct an issue post removal
Defective product cases usually require an extensive investigation to link the product to the victim’s injuries, determine the severity of those injuries, and the value of damages related to those injuries. You should strongly consider speaking to a licensed attorney as soon as possible to start the process.
We do not charge you anything while we work on your case and there are no fees unless we win.
What Compensation May Be Available?
Victims of defective medical devices are usually eligible for the following types of compensation:
- Lost wages
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
The more severe your injuries and the accumulation of damages, the more your case may be worth. Learn more about how much your case may be worth by scheduling a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys. Our goal is to recover maximum compensation to help you put your life back together.
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What Are the Risks Associated with a Paragard IUD?
These medical devices are small, T-shaped implants made from flexible plastic with copper wiring that are inserted by a licensed medical professional to prevent pregnancy for up to 10 years. Unlike other IUDs that use hormones to prevent unwanted pregnancy, the Paragard IUD releases small amounts of copper into the uterus to prevent sperm from fertilizing an egg.
One of the problems with the device is that the flexible plastic is fragile and prone to breakage upon removal, and the pieces left behind in a woman’s body have caused serious injuries and must be surgically removed. There have been numerous reports of the device breaking before the 10-year lifespan had passed, damaging the uterus.
Over the past three decades, roughly 40,000 incidents of women having adverse reactions to Paragard IUDs have been reported to the FDA. This includes more than 1,500 reports of severe health problems and 15 deaths.
Some of the adverse reactions associated with this product include:
- IUD embedded in the uterus
- Scarring or perforation of the uterine wall
- Possible hysterectomy or other organ removal
- Damage to the cervix or other reproductive organs
- Movement in the uterus or migration of the device inside the body
- Inflammation caused by copper left behind in the body after removal
Copper IUDs like Paragard are more prone to expulsion. A study from the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found 10.2 percent of women experienced expulsion when using a copper IUD compared to only 4.6 percent of women who were using a hormonal IUD, such as Mirena.
Expulsion of the device can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, which can cause fertility issues or serious pregnancy complications, including:
- Intrauterine pregnancies that can lead to premature birth
- Ectopic pregnancies, which occur when a fertilized egg grows outside of the uterus
Have Any Lawsuits Been Filed?
Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against both the former and current manufacturers of the Paragard IUD, many of which have been consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the Northern District of Georgia. As of November 15, 2021, there are 642 pending cases in this MDL.
The lawsuits accuse the manufacturers of failing to warn women of the risks associated with the device. The lawsuits also allege these products were dangerously designed and misrepresented as a safe and effective method of birth control.
Has the Paragard IUD Ever Been Recalled?
There has been at least one recall of a batch of the Paragard IUDs over concerns that the devices were not sterile, but not over defects in the product.
TEVA Pharmaceuticals, the parent company that manufactures the device, voluntarily recalled two lots of these devices from hospitals, clinics and gynecologists across the U.S. in 2014.
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If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries after implantation of a Paragard IUD, including problems after the device was removed, you may be eligible for financial compensation for your damages.
Medical device manufacturers should be held accountable when their products are unreasonably dangerous and cause injuries.
Our licensed lawyers are prepared to review your claim to see what legal options may be available to you. There are no upfront fees, and we only get paid if you do. There is no risk to you.
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