The Danger of Paragard IUDs
Beginning in the 1980s, Paragard intrauterine device (IUD) has been utilized as a birth control method. Paragard, however, has come under critical attention due to the IUD’s capacity to break and threaten the lives of countless women who use this type of birth control. Women have started initiating Paragard IUD lawsuits for the injuries they have sustained due to manufacturer’s negligence.
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The Role of Paragard
Paragard is a T-shaped IUD placed into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. One type of Paragard T380A is 100% hormone-free and was created to be placed and removed without surgery. The Food and Drug Administration approved Paragard in 1984, which led to the product’s introduction and growth on the market during the late 1980s. For many years, Paraguard was widely recommended in the United States.
Paragard is made of copper. Copper prevents sperm from reaching an egg through an inflammatory reaction that prevents pregnancy. Paragard IUD also alters the uterus lining, which greatly reduces the possibility of implantation.
One of the five birth control medications available as IUDs in the United States, Paragard is distinct because it is non-hormonal. Birth control of a non-hormonal nature is preferred because it does not present the risk of side effects such as blood clots. Non-hormonal birth control can also be utilized while breastfeeding.
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The Accuracy of Medical Promises Made by Paragard
Paragard initially promised that its device would provide women with up to 10 years of protection. Data suggests, however, that the devices may not last that long. Multiple case studies reveal that pieces from the device began to break apart between six to eight and a half years following insertion. The authors of this study warn that the rate of breakage involving devices is hard to specify and that all encounters involving devices where parts broke off involved products that had been inserted for over five years.
Due to increasing awareness about potential defects in the Paragard IUD, the Paragard website now states that Paragard may be difficult to remove because it becomes lodged in the uterus. The website also states that surgery may sometimes be required to remove the Paragard IUD.
Side Effects Associated With Paragard
Fortunately, the most common side effects associated with Paragard are not serious. Many of these side effects wear off after several months of using the product. Some of the more serious side effects associated with Paragard include allergic reactions, pelvic inflammatory disease, infections, and vaginal discharge. Some of the most serious issues associated with Paragard are connected to the placement or removal of the device from a person’s body. Sometimes during the removal process, sections of the IUD can break off inside a woman’s body. This complication often necessitates additional surgery.
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Common Causes of Paragard Injuries
Some of the common ways in which Paragard IUDs lead to injuries include:
- Defective designs occur when a product is manufactured incorrectly and a defect is contained in the product, which ends up harming users.
- If a Paragard IUD is not adequately labeled or failure to warn occurs, medical professionals and users might not be informed about all of the risks associated with the product.
- IUD manufacturers owe medical professionals as well as patients a duty to create safe devices. Medical professionals also have a responsibility to update patients about the risks associated with a Paragard IUD.
Should You Consider Filing a Paragard IUD Lawsuit?
If you are interested in filing a Paragard IUD lawsuit, you should not hesitate to take several critical steps. One of the first steps you should take in assessing your eligibility for pursuing a Paragard lawsuit or a lawsuit involving another type of IUD is to speak with a knowledgeable product liability attorney. An experienced lawyer can help you assess several critical questions involving whether you have grounds for a defective product lawsuit. Some of these questions include the following:
- Whether the IUD caused you to incur one or more injury
- What the situation was surrounding your IUD incident
- Whether the IUD was responsible for an infection
- To what degree the IUD injury impacted your overall health
- Whether circumstances related to the insertion of the Paragard IUD caused you to experience a uterine perforation
- When your IUD was installed
- Who was responsible for installing your IUD
- If your IUD was removed, who removed it, and when
While it is easy to feel powerless as the victim of a Paragard IUD injury, you should understand that you have options to pursue compensation. Several parties might ultimately be held liable for your incident and the resulting damage, including the manufacturer of the IUD, a medical professional whose negligence caused the IUD-related injury, and any other party who played a role in causing the injury you incurred due to the Paragard IUD.
No Recalls on Paragard IUD Exist
Paragard has not yet been subject to any recalls addressing the breakage of the device or other recent issues. As a result, Paragard is still available on the market. Even though no recalls have yet occurred, Teva Pharmaceuticals recalled two Paragard devices due to lack of sterility in 2014.
No Paragard Class Action Lawsuit Exists
Currently, no active class actions for Paragard-related injuries exist. Many lawyers, however, are currently pursuing lawsuits on behalf of individuals who have been negatively impacted by the devices. Most of these cases are consolidated in one multidistrict litigation in Georgia. As part of a multidistrict litigation, not all cases proceed to trial.
There have not yet been any settlements made for Paragard injuries. After all, negotiations often only begin after a few cases proceed to trial. The outcome of these first few trials often serves as an influential point in determining the amount of future settlements.
Speak With an Experienced Long Island Paragard Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been harmed by Paragard, you should not hesitate to speak with an attorney who will remain committed to fighting for the compensation you deserve. Contact the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe LLP today to schedule a free case evaluation.