Increase in Mirena IUD Lawsuits Shows Increase in Variety of Injuries
Since 2000, it is estimated that over 10 million women have chosen the Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) as their preferred method of birth control. The T-shaped device, implanted into the woman’s uterus and designed to prevent pregnancy for up to five years, has been one of the most popular contraceptive devices to date. However, it has recently come to light that the Mirena IUD, manufactured by Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, may cause severe and sometimes life-threatening complications that can result in devastating, painful and debilitating injuries.
Mirena IUD lawsuits continue to progress in courts around the U.S. Most recently, a Sioux Falls, South Dakota woman filed that state’s first Mirena IUD lawsuit after allegedly sustaining injuries following spontaneous migration of the implant. According to the complaint, filed in U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota on December 20, 2013, the woman was forced to undergo a removal surgery in 2010 after the IUD allegedly became lodged in her pelvic cavity. Among other things, the plaintiff alleges that the product’s manufacturer, Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, downplayed the safety and health risks associated with Mirena.
If you or a loved one were fitted with the Mirena IUD and you would like more information about Mirena IUD lawsuits and recovering compensation for your injuries, contact the American Injury Attorney Group today. We can review your case and help you to determine if you have a valid claim. You may be eligible to recover damages for lost wages, pain and suffering and any additional medical expenses, treatments or procedures you required that resulted from your condition.
Injuries from Mirena IUD Increase in Variety
According to the most recent lawsuit, the complaint could be transferred to U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, where almost 300 Mirena IUD lawsuits have recently been consolidated into a multidistrict litigation. An additional 300 claims have been filed in a multicounty litigation currently in progress in New Jersey’s Bergen County Superior Court. Additionally, a Revised Confidentiality and Protective Order was entered on December 23, 2013, according to court documents, to govern materials produced during discovery.
All of the complaints involve the Mirena IUD and have been filed on behalf of women who allegedly suffered infertility, uterine perforations, organ damage and other life-threatening complications due to spontaneous migration of the device, despite having been properly fitted with the IUD by their healthcare providers. All of the Mirena IUD lawsuits suggest that the label on the implant does not warn of spontaneous migration of the device, but only states that migration may occur if the insertion process perforates the uterus.
In addition to uterine perforation, plaintiffs allege that the Mirena IUD also caused:
- Embedment of the IUD in the uterine wall
- Intrauterine pregnancy
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Cervical perforation
- Abscesses, infertility and erosion
- Group A streptococcal sepsis
Secondary side effects that can arise from Mirena complications include internal bleeding, infection and inflammation, resulting in injuries to nearby organs. Abscesses and intestinal obstruction or perforations often require risky removal procedures.
Since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Mirena IUD in 2000, the agency has allegedly received more than 70,000 adverse event reports implicating Mirena, including many claims involving uterine perforation and device dislocation. In 2009, the FDA issued a warning letter to Bayer after the agency found that one of the company’s promotions understated the risks of the implant and overstated its benefits.
The injuries allegedly caused by Mirena are sensitive topics for many women, affecting personal and sexual health as well as relationships and families. As efforts continue to push Bayer to issue a recall, those who have been injured must be mindful of possible short statutes of limitations that may apply to their cases and consider seeking legal counsel from an experienced attorney before the statute of limitations expires.
Need More Information about Filing Mirena IUD Lawsuits?
If you or someone you love were fitted with the Mirena IUD and you suffered from adverse health complications or life-threatening injuries that you feel were caused by the device, contact the American Injury Attorney Group as soon as possible. We will help answer your questions about Mirena IUD lawsuits and help you to determine if you have a valid claim. Should we find that you have a case, we will connect you with an affiliated attorney experienced in handling Mirena IUD lawsuits who will assist you in seeking the compensation to which you may be entitled. Contact us today for your free consultation.