Mirena IUD Defects Injure You or a Loved One?
Philadelphia Mirena IUD Lawyer Explains Common Complications
Mirena is a small, T-shaped intrauterine device (IUD) that releases a contraceptive into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. Created by Bayer, the birth control device lasts for up to five years before replacement is necessary. However, Mirena may cause serious health problems. Women using the device have reported organ perforation, ectopic pregnancy, infection and cranial pressure. In some cases, victims required surgery to repair damage caused by the device. Many of these victims filed product liability lawsuits against Bayer, seeking damages for product defects. According to victims, Bayer misrepresented the benefits of using Mirena while downplaying the possible risks, such as organ perforation. Women who filed these lawsuits claim they would have used another birth control product had they been made aware of Mirena’s risks.
The Pennsylvania pharmaceutical litigation lawyers at Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C. can help victims of defective products, including birth control implants, explore legal options for compensation. Our firm is not afraid to take your case to trial, if and when necessary. We will fight for your rights against even the largest and most powerful medical device companies. By contacting a Mirena IUD lawyer at our firm, you can discover your legal options after a medical device injury.
What Are Possible Mirena Injuries?
First approved by the FDA in 2000, Mirena IUD works by slowly releasing the contraceptive drug levonorgestrel into the uterus. A doctor can place the device in the uterus during a routine visit, and it can remain in place for up to five years. However, women have reported serious health conditions as a result of Mirena IUD use, including:
- Perforation. In some cases, Mirena implants may migrate and puncture the uterus. Women who have experienced uterine perforation reported severe, crippling pain, as well as nausea. Device migration may cause bowel adhesions, infections and obstruction. In addition, uterine perforation significantly raises the risk of injury to other organs, such as the intestines.
- Ectopic pregnancy or birth defects. Though marketed as a contraceptive, women may still become pregnant while using Mirena, due to potential product defects. In some cases, the device also increases the risk of ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancies occur outside of the uterus and may require invasive surgeries. Birth defects or miscarriage may also occur in normal pregnancies.
- Pelvic inflammatory disease. Women using Mirena IUD have reported pelvic inflammatory disease. This health condition may cause lower abdominal pain, bleeding, pain during intercourse and ectopic pregnancy.
- Infection. Some women may experience life-threatening infections days after receiving a Mirena implant.
- Brain pressure. Mirena may cause a condition called pseudotumor cerebri, a buildup of fluid in the skull. Symptoms of this condition include severe headaches, blindness and ringing in the ears.
- Emergency surgery. When Mirena IUDs migrate and puncture other organs, victims may require emergency surgical procedures, such as a hysterectomy. This can increase the risk of secondary complications.
When Can I File a Mirena IUD Lawsuit?
Hundreds of Mirena lawsuits have been filed against Bayer by women who suffered severe complications while using the device. Allegations against Bayer include:
- Deceptive marketing. According to the lawsuits, Mirena was marketed as being more convenient than other birth control methods. In addition, lawsuits claim Bayer misrepresented the benefits of Mirena while understating the possible risks.
- Concealing risks. Lawsuits accuse Bayer of hiding the risks of using Mirena, such as device migration and organ perforation after insertion.
- Selling a defective medical device. Lawsuits accuse Bayer of failing to research and conduct post-market surveillance on Mirena. Some claim that Bayer intentionally sold a dangerous and defective medical device
Victims filing these product liability lawsuits claim to have suffered permanent complications while using Mirena IUD. They argue they would have used another product if they had been told of the possible health risks. In 2009, the FDA demanded Bayer end its aggressive direct marketing campaign, which included having company representatives holding house parties to sell the product.
Injured While Using Mirena IUD? Contact a Mirena IUD Lawyer for a Free Consultation
If you or a loved one suffered injuries while using Mirena IUD, then contact our firm right away. Depending on the circumstances of your situation, it may be possible to file a claim for compensation. Damages from a Mirena IUD lawsuit can help pay for medical expenses, lost income, as well as pain and suffering.
The pharmaceutical litigation lawyers at Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C. have decades of experience helping those harmed by defective products, including birth control. Our attorneys can help you explore all possible legal options for compensation. We have offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and offer representation nationwide. For a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call (877) 638-0114 or fill out our online case review form.