Paragard IUD Claims and Lawsuits

Paragard IUD claims and lawsuits are becoming fairly widespread. The medical device was marketed as a safe, long-term birth control method that was easy to implant, use, and remove from patients. The reality of the IUD was anything but. It became increasingly clear that the IUD commonly broke upon extraction, which caused significant physical damage and pain to women. This breakage resulted in internal damage, surgeries, and irrevocable hysterectomies. Some women have also been forced into having a hysteroscopy, laparoscopy, or laparotomy.

If the IUD was properly designed, manufactured, and tested, none of these complications should have occurred.

The Background to the Paragard IUD Lawsuits

The Paragard IUD is a long-term birth control that includes a copper wire coiled around a T-shaped plastic base. This device is inserted into a woman’s uterus by a physician. Once the device is implanted, it stops the fertilization of the egg by blocking sperm movement. If the sperm does reach the uterus, the device will create an inflammatory reaction which will prevent the egg from attaching.

Many women have already filed lawsuits against the medical device manufacturer Teva Pharmaceuticals and CooperSurgical. Teva Pharmaceuticals manufactured the Paragard T 380A, however, Teva sold the Paragard brand IUD to Cooper Companies (CooperSurgical) for $1.1 billion.

Teva Pharmaceuticals marketed this device as safe and easy to remove. Plaintiffs claim the device was incorrectly designed, poorly tested, and misrepresented to the public. Paragard lawsuits allege a dangerous design made the IUD prone to break, which frequently results in additional surgeries or procedures to remove copper fragments. Women are being forced to undergo multiple surgeries, with some being total hysterectomies that remove a woman’s ability to give birth to children in the future.

And to make matters even worse, the claims state the IUD developer knew the risk and withheld this information for years.

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) originally approved the Paragard IUD in 1984. The FDA is supposed to protect consumers against faulty medical devices. The Paragard IUD is yet another example that shows FDA approval doesn’t guarantee that a medical device is safe. Sometimes new medical devices are created too fast and not enough testing is completed prior to sale.

Compensation for Paragard IUD Claims

If your Paragard claim is successful, the medical device manufacturer may be required to provide compensation for the following:

  • Medical Expenses:  Compensation may cover past and future hospital bills, rehabilitation, transport services, and other expenses.
  • Lost Wages: If you are unable to perform your job as a result of your medical issues, you may be able to collect compensation to recover the amount you would have made had you not been injured. If the medical complications are severe enough to require extensive care and leaves you permanently disabled, you may be entitled to compensation for future lost wages.
  • Pain and Suffering: While money may not directly help you with emotional anguish caused by the medical device, it can pay for therapy, which may be needed to manage long-term illness.
  • Punitive Damages: Punitive damages are considered punishment and are typically awarded at the court's discretion when the medical device manufacturer’s behavior is found to be especially harmful. In the case of the Paragard IUDs, punitive damages would align well with the cases where a hysterectomy stripped away a woman’s right to have children.

What to Do if You Believe You Have a Case

If you believe you have been injured as a result of a Paragard IUD defect, I recommend the following actions to set yourself up for a successful claim:

  • Visit a doctor to document your complications. Record and retain all photos and information associated with this visit.
  • Locate the specific dates of your IUD surgery. Collect any documentation you have associated with the original procedure, as well as any follow-up surgeries.
  • Determine the manufacturer and model of your medical device. We’ll need to know the exact manufacturer and model for your claim.
  • Contact an experienced product liability lawyer and don’t delay. There is a statue of limitations for defective medical device cases, so the sooner you reach out to a lawyer the better.

I'll Protect You and Your Rights

Are you concerned that your Paragard IUD has caused complications? If so, you need an experienced attorney who specializes in medical device defects, recalls, and lawsuits.

I’ve been serving product liability victims in (and around) Houston, Texas, since 2001.  I have nearly two decades of experience helping people just like you.  There is a lot that goes into a lawsuit against a medical device manufacturer. I’m here to help every step of the way.

Recovering compensation is a lengthy and complicated process. Medical companies will often pressure victims into making hasty decisions. What may seem like a fast and fair settlement can be grossly undervalued and this can degrade your physical, emotional, and financial well-being for many years to come.

Let me protect your rights and help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Call me at 281-929-0110 to set up a free consultation.

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