Suffered Injuries from Essure Permanent Birth Control Implants?
Our Pharmaceutical Litigation Lawyers Explain Options for Filing an Essure Lawsuit
Essure is a permanent form of birth control that works by inserting two 1.5-inch spring-like devices into the fallopian tubes. Once implanted, the surrounding tissue attaches to fibers on the springs, blocking the fallopian tubes to prevent pregnancy. However, complaints filed with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) claim Essure causes pelvic pain, ectopic pregnancy and damage to internal organs. An estimated 11 women and more than 300 unborn children have died as a result of complications caused by Essure. Thousands more have suffered life-changing injuries. Women injured by Essure or their family members may have legal options to recover compensation.
The Pennsylvania pharmaceutical litigation lawyers at Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck P.C. can help determine if you are eligible to file an Essure lawsuit. It takes substantial resources and experienced attorneys to litigate cases involving defective drugs or medical devices. Our law firm works with medical professionals and industry experts to help determine liability so you can receive the compensation you deserve. We have a proven record of recovering multimillion dollar settlements for clients harmed by defective products. Damages from a lawsuit can cover medical expenses, lost income, funeral costs, and pain and suffering.
What are Common Types of Essure Complications?
In 2016, the FDA ordered a black box warning label for Essure. This is the most serious type of warning label possible for medical products and indicates a high risk of serious complications. The FDA made its decision after receiving thousands of complaints and other evidence that suggested Essure could cause dangerous side effects. Injuries mentioned in adverse event reports include:
- Chronic pelvic pain. Many women reported chronic pelvic pain caused by Essure’s two coils. In some cases, this pain was severely disruptive to victims’ lives.
- Punctured organs. Some reports claimed the coils migrated and pierced organs, such as the fallopian tubes, colon or uterus. In these cases, victims had to undergo emergency surgery to repair damage to the uterus and other organs.
- Ectopic pregnancies. An ectopic pregnancy is one that occurs outside of the uterus. Women with ectopic pregnancies may experience dizziness, fainting or bleeding, as well as severe abdominal, shoulder and neck pain. Ectopic pregnancies may require surgery, and may result in coma or death for the mother.
- Allergic reactions. Complaints filed with the FDA mention severe allergic reactions caused by nickel in Essure’s coils.
- Fetal death. Essure does not always prevent pregnancy. If unwanted pregnancy does occur, then women and their unborn children may experience severe complications. Additionally, FDA reports suggest fetal deaths are linked to Essure.
Who Can I Hold Liable for Injuries Caused by Essure?
Essure was originally developed by Conceptus, Inc. in 2002. In 2013, Conceptus was bought by Bayer. Bayer marketed Essure to physicians and consumers as being safer and more effective than other forms of contraception. In fact, these claims may be wildly inaccurate. Research published by British Medical Journal (BMJ) indicated that women undergoing hysteroscopic sterilization with Essure have ten times the risk of undergoing reoperation compared to women who received laparoscopic sterilization, another form of permanent birth control. However, Bayer severely understated the risks associated with using this product. Some of these women underwent risky and invasive corrective surgeries to remove the devices, although they were originally promised Essure was “surgery free.”
Drug and medical device companies have a legal obligation to warn consumers and regulators of risks associated with their products. Physicians also have an obligation to warn their patients of potential health risks before approving the use of medical devices. Thus, many women who suffered injuries from using Essure have filed product liability lawsuits against Bayer.
Want to File an Essure Lawsuit? Call Our Pharmaceutical Litigation Lawyers Today
If you know someone who has undergone the Essure implantation procedure and now suffers from any of the side effects listed above, then contact our firm right away. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to file a claim for compensation. Damages from an Essure lawsuit can help pay for lost income as well as pain and suffering, medical bills and more.
Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck P.C. will use every resource at our disposal to help you seek justice against the parties responsible for your injuries. Our attorneys have experience handling complex product liability cases against manufacturers of defective products. To schedule a free consultation in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, call (866) 569-3400 or fill out our online case review form.