Many women use intrauterine devices (IUDs) to delay pregnancy without having to deal with the inconvenience of taking daily birth control pills. Paragard is a unique type of IUD in that it lasts for up to 12 years (compared to Mirena and other IUDs, which last only 3 – 6 years). Unfortunately, Paragard has been associated with serious complications such as device migration, fracture, and other serious medical issues.
Paragard – a copper IUD manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals – has been linked to serious side effects, including ectopic pregnancy, vaginal bleeding, pelvic infection and expulsion. Many women have also experienced perforation and embedment requiring major surgery.
If you had a Paragard IUD device implanted and have had the device removed due to complications such as device migration or device fracture, immediately contact the Paragard lawsuit attorneys of Nadrich & Cohen now. Time to make a claim is limited.
Contact our defective medical device team today for a free consultation by calling 1-800-718-4658, using the live chat feature or completing the form on this page. The consultation is 100% confidential and you will speak with one of our female intake specialists.
Paragard IUD Complications
Paragard Migration Issues
Paragard is promoted as a safe and effective birth control option. However, many women have suffered serious complications following implantation of the Paragard device. Teva Pharmaceuticals, Paragard’s manufacturer, claims that perforation, migration and embedment are rare occurrences, but many women have suffered serious pain and complications due to Paragard.
In one case, a Florida woman filed a lawsuit against Teva Pharmaceuticals after her Paragard IUD migrated and embedded itself into her colon. The woman had the IUD inserted in March 2008 and starting experiencing complications just one year later. It was found that the IUD perforated her uterus and found its way to her colon. As a result, the woman had to undergo surgery for partial colon removal.
Multiple lawsuits have been filed on behalf of Paragard patients alleging that Teva Pharmaceuticals failed to adequately warn patients of serious risks associated with product use, misrepresentation, breach of warranty and design of a defective product.
The attorneys of Nadrich & Cohen Accident Injury Lawyers and its legal team are seeking compensation for Paragard patients who suffered complications after implantation. We are seeking compensation for any physical impairment, disfigurement, disability, pain and suffering, inconvenience, mental anguish, inconvenience, loss of enjoyment of life and medical costs associated with removal of the device and complications.
If you believe that you may have a Paragard claim because your Paragard IUD had to be removed due to perforation, migration or device fracture, immediately contact our office for a free consultation by calling 1-800-718-4658. There is a very limited timeframe in which to make a claim. Call us today, do not wait.
Symptoms of Paragard IUD Migration
Migration, perforation and fracture are serious issues that can cause medical complications, especially when they lead to embedment in surrounding tissue, the intestine or colon. It’s a good idea to be aware of the symptoms of migration, which may include the following:
- You can no longer feel the IUD strings or they have changed length. IUDs have strings at the bottom of them. You should be able to feel them coming out of your cervix. If you can no longer feel them, or you can feel them but they feel longer or shorter than usual, then it’s possible that your IUD has migrated.
- You can feel the IUD coming out of your cervix. The IUD should be placed high enough in your uterus so you can’t feel it. If you can feel the device – or your partner has felt it during sexual intercourse – then it’s migrated low and needs to be evaluated.
- Heavy bleeding and painful cramps. Paragard is a non-hormonal IUD, so it comes with some side effects such as spotting and cramps. A little more pain or bleeding than usual is typical and nothing to be concerned about. However, if bleeding and pain increase, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor to confirm that the Paragard IUD has not migrated.
Paragard IUD Fracture Issues
Gynecologists have discovered that Paragard IUDs have a tendency to fracture upon removal. While it does not appear that the IUDs fracture prior to removal, breakage is a serious issue since broken parts can become embedded inside the patient’s body. One medical facility reported three cases of device fracture upon explant within a nine-month period.
In seven individual cases, the IUD broke during removal. All required hysteroscopic removal of the IUD except for one case, in which the IUD was spontaneously expelled. In another case, the IUD could not be completely removed. Five cases had to be handled in the operating room. It’s important to note that all IUDs in these cases were used for a significant amount of time, ranging from 6 to 10 years.
Fortunately, hysteroscopic removal is a safe and effective form of IUD retrieval. In addition, 2D and 3D ultrasound can help physicians precisely locate the IUD and its components for effective device removal.
Paragard IUD Lawsuit Causes Of Action
We may be able to obtain financial compensation for you based on numerous causes of action in a Paragard IUD lawsuit, including:
Negligence is failing to be reasonably careful to prevent harm from occurring. Negligence is the bread and butter of personal injury law, and we are experts at proving negligence and holding others liable for our clients’ injuries.
We believe that a reasonably careful entity would warn the public about the risk of the Paragard IUD breaking upon removal or migrating, as we believe those who manufactured, marketed and sold the devices knew or should have known about the risk.
Strict Liability: Design Defect And/Or Manufacturing Defect
We believe the Paragard IUD suffers from a design defect and/or a manufacturing defect.
A product with a defective design is unreasonably dangerous when it is made and used correctly. A product with a manufacturing defect is unreasonably dangerous because something went wrong during the manufacturing process.
Medical device manufacturers can be held strictly liable in California for injuries caused by design or manufacturing defects.
Strict Liability: Failure To Warn
We believe that those who made, sold and marketed the Paragard IUD devices knew or should have known about their migration and breakage risks, yet failed to warn the public about the risks.
We believe that fraud was committed when the Paragard IUD devices were knowingly misrepresented as safe when they were not.
We believe at the Paragard IUD devices were negligently misrepresented as safe when they were not.
The Office of Prescription Drug Promotion (OPDP) of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently sent CooperSurgical a warning letter which stated that CooperSurgical “appears to be promoting Paragard without presenting the serious risks of the drug in a truthful and non-misleading manner, despite concerns previously expressed by OPDP.”
Breach Of Express And Implied Warranty
We believe that the Paragard IUD devices were expressly and impliedly warranted as safe when they were not.
Violation Of Consumer Protection Laws
We believe those who made, sold and marketed the Paragard IUD devices violated consumer protection laws including the Federal Consumer Protection Act.
We believe that the failure to warn about the risks associated with the Paragard IUD devices constituted malice, fraud and a grossly negligent disregard for others’ rights.
We believe punitive damages are warranted in Paragard IUD lawsuits because we consider failing to warn the public about the risks associated with the devices to constitute a willful, wanton, reckless, careless, deliberate and conscious disregard for the safety and rights of consumers.
Paragard IUD Lawyers
We have been handling defective medical device claims since 1990, so we are the experts at obtaining recoveries and justice for the victims of defective medical devices.
We do not charge a fee for our services until and unless we obtain a recovery. Our only fee is a percentage of your recovery.
If you have suffered complications due to Paragard use, contact Nadrich & Cohen Accident Injury Lawyers’s Paragard Lawsuit Attorneys today for a free case evaluation. Don’t wait, call us now at 1-800-718-4658.