Both Sides of the Mirena IUD Lawsuits
More than 1,200 women across the U.S. have filed Mirena IUD lawsuits, alleging side-effects such as ectopic pregnancy, pelvic inflammatory disease, migration of the device, and perforation. Some of the most extreme Mirena IUD lawsuits have been filed on behalf of plaintiffs who claim that they required painful surgeries and hysterectomies to remove the devices. The Mirena IUD lawsuits have been filed against Bayer, the manufacturer of Mirena, and the pending cases are currently moving toward class-action status.
What is Mirena?
An estimated 2 million women in the U.S., and millions more worldwide, use the Mirena IUD, and the overwhelming majority have done so for years without complications or incident. The risk of adverse effects is approximately 1 in 1000, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Bayer, and many clinicians agree that this is an acceptable rate and comparable to other contraceptive methods.
While many Mirena lawsuit attorneys are not necessarily arguing that Mirena is defective, they are alleging that Bayer should have taken action to warn consumers about worst-case-scenario side-effects rather than mentioning it in the prescribing information. Bayer disagrees. The manufacturer states that it has adequately disclosed all known risks since the device was first approved by the FDA in 2000. Bayer has recently asked a judge to dismiss several Mirena IUD lawsuits, claiming that they were filed outside of the statute of limitations and so long after the alleged injuries that they should not be heard.
Both Sides of the Mirena IUD Lawsuits
The failure rate of Mirena is reportedly around 0.2 percent, compared to the oral contraceptive method’s 5 to 7 percent. While it is not a perfect comparison since the two methods have different side-effects, the most-feared risk of the pill—blood clots—is reported at an estimated rate of 1 to 3 women per 3,000, a rate similar to that of Mirena.
The lawyers involved with pending Mirena IUD lawsuits argue that the device’s success with most women does not necessarily mean much to the minority who have suffered from severe and life-threatening injuries. Many of the women who are implanted with the Mirena IUD still plan on eventually having families; attorneys claim that the IUD has prevented many women from ever doing so. Some plaintiffs allege that even after the IUD was removed, they required additional surgeries to remove scar tissues and repair the damage allegedly caused by the device. Several women claim to have undergone hysterectomies rendering them no longer able to bear children. Although Bayer acknowledges that perforation can happen following insertion, plaintiffs claim that the manufacturer also needs to make it clear that perforation can happen long after the woman receives the device.
According to a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Mirena IUD lawsuit commercials have “scared off” many women who could have greatly benefited from the device. She states that Mirena IUD commercials by law firms are designed to be scary and to not put the medical facts in appropriate context. On the other hand, attorneys claim that the 2,000 people expected to file Mirena IUD lawsuits against Bayer is not an insignificant number and worth an additional warning to those who have not yet been fitted with the device.
Contact the American Injury Attorney Group
Have you or a woman you love received the Mirena IUD and later experienced adverse or life-threatening complications such as perforation, migration, ectopic pregnancy, or the need for a hysterectomy? You may be entitled to join the Mirena IUD lawsuits and recover damages for your injuries. To receive a free, no-obligation case evaluation and to determine whether you have a case, contact the American Injury Attorney Group today. We can answer your questions, address your concerns, and connect you with an affiliated Mirena IUD lawsuit attorney who can handle your case throughout the legal process and work to help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled.