If you or a loved one used Paragard copper IUDs for birth control and suffered complications as a result of a device that breaks during or before removal, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit and receive compensation.
To start the process of filing your claim, contact the law firm of Hissey Mulderig & Friend by calling toll-free at 1-855-922-3660, or by filling out our free case evaluation form on the right side of this page.
What are the side effects of broken Paragard IUDs?
Paragard is a type of intrauterine device that can be used to prevent pregnancy for up to 10 years. Unlike most IUDs, which rely on hormones, Paragard uses copper wires that are coiled around the T-shaped device to prevent pregnancy. After 10 years, or when a woman wishes to become pregnant, the IUD is removed by a health care professional.
When Paragard copper IUDs are removed from the body, these intrauterine devices may break, leading to painful and potentially serious complications. Even when the device is still in use, Paragard may become broken inside the body, which can also cause side effects.
Some of the most serious complications that can result from broken Paragard IUDs include:
- Severe pain
- Organ damage
- Perforated uterus or cervix
In some cases, women who are injured by broken Paragard IUDs may be forced to undergo a hysterectomy or other surgery in order to repair damage caused by the intrauterine device or remove broken pieces from their bodies.
The Food and Drug Administration has received tens of thousands of reports of women who experienced side effects from Paragard, including at least 15,000 reports involving potentially serious and life-threatening complications. At least 15 deaths have been linked to complications from broken Paragard IUDs.
Are there any other side effects linked to Paragard?
In addition to these serious side effects linked to broken copper intrauterine devices, Paragard may also cause other complications or injuries, which can include:
- IUD migration inside the body
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Inflammation caused by copper in the IUD
- Severe menstrual pain
- Heavy bleeding or bleeding between periods
Have any lawsuits been filed against Paragard?
Teva Pharmaceuticals and Cooper Surgical, the manufacturers of the copper IUD, are facing nearly 1,600 lawsuits filed by women who suffered uterine perforation, organ damage, or other serious injuries caused by broken Paragard devices.
In December 2020, many of the lawsuits against Paragard were consolidated in a federal multidistrict litigation, or MDL, in Georgia. The purpose of creating a federal Paragard MDL is to help streamline the litigation process to make it easier for women who were injured by broken Paragard IUDs to receive a settlement in their case.
All of the lawsuits that were consolidated in the Georgia Paragard MDL involve similar allegations against Teva and Cooper Surgical: that the copper IUD has a tendency to break while being removed or even while in use, which can cause serious and potentially life-threatening side effects for women.
The first bellwether trial in the Paragard litigation is scheduled to take place in 2023. The results of this trial will help to determine the amount in potential settlements that will be paid to hundreds of other women that were hurt by broken IUDs and who are part of the litigation.
How do I know if I qualify to file a lawsuit?
If you or a loved one used Paragard copper IUDs for birth control and suffered serious side effects, including, you may qualify to file a lawsuit and receive compensation.
To start the process of filing your claim, contact the lawyers at Hissey Mulderig & Friend by calling toll-free at 1-855-922-3660, or by sending us a message with the free case evaluation form located at the top of this page.
In addition to our team of attorneys, Hissey Mulderig & Friend employs a team of dedicated and caring support staff who are available to speak with you privately about the nature of your injuries. We look forward to hearing from you.
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