The Mirena intrauterine device is once again at the center of a lawsuit. California resident Chelsea Dawn McClune is the latest plaintiff to bring suit against its manufacturer Bayer Pharmaceuticals, claiming that the device spontaneously migrated through her body and caused her extreme pain and damage which warranted emergency surgery. Since its introduction to the market, thousands of women have sued Bayer for complications related to the Mirena Intra Uterine Device (IUD). The device was first approved for use in Europe since 1991 and was approved for use in the United States in 2000. At the heart of many of these lawsuits are claims of deceptive advertising and deliberate concealment of the potential risks.
According to the US Food and Drug Administration, there have been over 45,000 adverse events related to the device, including device expulsion, vaginal hemorrhage, device dislocation and organ perforation. Approximately 8.5 percent of women use some type of long-term contraceptive, millions of whom use Mirena. If you have suffered injury due to misinformation about the risks associated with your IUD, contact an experienced and qualified personal injury attorney immediately. The more serious effects associated with these malfunctions include unwanted pregnancy and serious internal injury. It’s imperative that physicians and manufacturers alike are honest about the side effects of this type of birth control.
These types of malfunctions can also compromise your ability to have children when you decide it’s the right time and you are ready. Every woman should have the right to decide when they want to plan their family and shouldn’t have to worry about their preferred method of birth control causing them serious long-term harm. If you’re careful enough to responsibly use your IUD, you should have the same expectation that it will be at most effective and at the very least, safe.
Team Law has spent years helping victims of faulty medical devices get the justice and compensation they deserve. We will hold manufacturers accountable for negligence and deceptive labeling. If you or someone you care about has been injured by a malfunctioning medical device, call us today for a free consultation.