Paragard IUD Lawsuit
Paragard is a medical device intended to prevent pregnancy for up to 10 years. Paragard is a small, plastic device that is placed inside the vagina (similar to birth control) and inserted into the uterus. Two films cover the ends of the Paragard and render the IUD unnoticeable once in place. The device is supposed to be safe to remove when the patient is ready to get pregnant or is no longer able to become pregnant naturally, as in after menopause.
In 2003, it was approved for use by U.S public health agencies for contraception and heavy periods. In 2005, it was approved to be used by European public health agencies as a treatment for heavy periods, endometriosis and pelvic inflammatory disease.
The trouble with Paragard is when the device is to be removed. It is supposed to fold up and be removed easily and in tact. However, there are many reports of the device breaking apart inside of the patient. Not only did this cause injury to the patient, but required additional surgical procedures to complete removal. However, in some cases, the broken pieces could not be removed.
Paragard IUD Injuries
Injuries claimed in Paragard lawsuits include:
Perforation of the uterus or cervix – This is where broken pieces pierced the uterus or the cervix, causing injury and pain.
Inflammations and allergic reactions to IUD pieces left in the body – The broken pieces are not meant to be left inside of the body. Foreign bodies can cause a reaction by the body's immune system, causing inflammation and allergic reactions.
IUD migration – This is where the device migrates away from where it is supposed to be located within the body and moves to an unintended position, causing irritation and inflammation.
IUD pieces missing or lodged in organs – This is where pieces of the IUD migrate to unintended areas and end up in vital organs. They also disappear completely and cannot be located with ultrasound, x-rays or other means.
Infertility – Paragard causes enough damage to make the patient infertile. Infertility is not supposed to be an issue with this device. It is supposed to be a temporary pregnancy prevention device. It is supposed to be able to be safely removed, without causing any damage to the patient.
Need for surgery such as hysterectomy, laparoscopy or laparotomy – When pieces of the Paragard device break apart inside of the patient, it can cause many different issues. To remove those pieces requires additional surgical procedures.
Pain – The broken pieces of Paragard become lodged in sensitive areas, causing irritation, inflammation and pain.
Infection – Broken pieces of Paragard may not be perfectly sterile, causing an infection in the patient.
Broken IUD pieces cannot be removed – If pieces of the Paragard device become lost within the patient's body, or they are lodged too deep in specific areas, they may not be able to be removed safely.
Have you been injured from a faulty Paragard device?
If you've had surgery to repair a Paragard injury, and you've had complications or additional surgeries, we would like to talk with you. You may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering.
Recoverable Losses in a Paragard Lawsuit
Every case is different. However, typical losses that can be recovered from defective medical products are:
- Medical Care Coverage
- Inpatient care
- Follow-up care
- Physical therapy
- Prescription medications
- Other treatment-related expenses
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
You shouldn't have to suffer because you used Paragard
You trusted your physician to use products that were safe and effective in solving your medical problem. You also trusted the manufacturer of Paragard to create products that are safe to use. Call (888) 333-1599 today to speak with our experienced Paragard attorneys and we can review your case.