ParaGard is a birth control device inserted in a woman’s uterus to offer long-term birth control for up to ten years. The copper wire in the IUD can cause an inflammatory reaction that is toxic to sperm and eggs, preventing pregnancy. Despite the efficacy of the IUD, it has been associated with serious injuries and complications. Women who were injured by the Paragard T 380A IUD have brought lawsuits against its manufacturer to seek compensation. If you used Paragard and suffered medical complications, a personal injury attorney can help you seek the compensation you deserve.
Common Injuries Caused by ParaGard
Some users of ParaGard IUD reported that their device became embedded in their uterus or migrate within their body. Others claimed the product led to ectopic pregnancy, scarring, and inflammatory reaction to the device’s copper element. Some women experience symptoms such as heavy vaginal bleeding, vaginal discharge, worsening pelvic pain, serious abdominal pain or soreness, bleeding after sex, or fever. Make sure to call your doctor right away if you experience any of these symptoms and you think your IUD is no longer in place.
Suing the Paragard Manufacturer
ParaGard T 380A IUD was made and marketed by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd and its subsidiary. The product gained approval from the FDA in 1984. The global rights to manufacture and sell the product was sold by Teva to Cooper Companies. Both companies are liable for injuries that result from the use of the IUD.
Medical device manufacturers are responsible for making safe and effective products and warning of any harmful side effects. The manufacturer’s information states that the IUD should be removed from the uterus of the patient after ten years and this should be done in a doctor’s office. In some instances, the device may become stuck or embedded in the woman’s uterus, which makes it hard to remove and increase the risk of breakage during removal. Removing the device may require surgery. The manufacturer failed to warn consumers of the increased risk of serious injury when using ParaGard. The product’s warning label didn’t offer adequate instructions to medical experts about the removal procedure of the IUD without breakage.
If you had to undergo exploratory surgery to find and remove broken pieces of the IUD or a hysterectomy due to the compilation of the device, you may have a legal right to seek compensation for your medical bills and other losses. An attorney can review your medical records and discuss the steps you can take to pursue compensation.