Hormonal intrauterine devices or IUDs have been on the market in some form for decades as birth control methods. Although not as popular as some other forms of contraception, there is an increasing amount of women that are turning to these devices. A study in 2009 showed that 8.5% of women using birth control were using an IUD, up from 4% only two years prior in 2007. Unfortunately, there is now concern over the safety of some of these devices, including the popular Mirena IUD.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represents women who have suffered complications that require surgical correction related to Mirena IUD devices. Our office is based in Chicago and we represent clients from across the country in claims and litigation involving Mirena devices. We invite you to contact our office for a complimentary review of your situation with an attorney who has experience with Mirena litigation. As will all of our medical device cases, we only charge a fee when there is a recovery for you. Put another way, there is no risk or out-pocket-expenses necessary to pursue a case.
History Of The Mirena IUD
The hormonal IUD research began in the 1970’s in the wake of the use of copper IUDs. A doctor in Chicago, Dr. Antonio Scommenga, realized that using the hormone progesterone within the uterus could have contraceptive benefits.
A Finnish doctor, Jouri Valter Tapani Luukkainen, took the research farther and created the first hormonal IUD, the Progestasert System. However, this IUD only lasted for 1-year and used progesterone. After the first attempt, Luukkainen then created a longer lasting version, Mirena, that used levonorgestrel instead of progesterone and lasted 5-years. It began being used in 1990 in Europe and was approved by the FDA for use in the U.S. in 2000. The device is still on the market and in use today.
Complications Associated With Mirena
There are very serious complications and adverse reactions that women who have used the Mirena IUD have endured. Mirena is a “T” shaped plastic device that is inserted into the uterus that contains hormones that are then released gradually over a 5-year period. The major issues with the device are due to the damage that the device can cause to a women’s reproductive system, in many cases, permanently. Some of the most concerning side effects and complications of Mirena are:
- Uterine tears. In some cases, women have experienced perforation of the device through the uterine lining and cervix. This can cause extreme damage to the internal organs and the IUD may need to be removed by surgery.
- Expulsion. Mirena can slip out of place and fall into the vagina. If this happens, the woman is not protected from pregnancy.
- Embedment. Women have experienced cases where the Mirena IUD become embedded in the myometrium or lining of the uterus. This is referred to as myometrial embedment. This can cause ineffectiveness in pregnancy prevention and potentially become pregnant with the IUD still in place.
- PID. Pelvic inflammatory disease or PID is an infection of the uterus or reproductive organs and can cause permanent damage, leading to infertility, ectopic pregnancy and pelvis pain. Women who have a Mirena IUD inserted are at high risk for PID.
- Ectopic pregnancy. Pregnancies that occur in the fallopian tubes or outside the uterus are dangerous and can even be life-threatening.
Legal Options For Women Impacted By Mirena Complications
Between 11/01/1997 to 08/27/2012 there have been 47,218 reports of adverse events occurring in women who have the Mirena IUD. Many have had severe and life-altering complications due to this device and believe that the product is defective. Some have lost pregnancies, under went surgery and even may not be able to have children due to this product. The victims’ claim that Bayer Pharmaceuticals, the maker of Mirena, was misleading in the marketing of this product and still is not forthcoming with the serious side effects the device may have. Many of these women are choosing to file lawsuits against Bayer for negligence and are asking for both financial compensation for their medical issues and punitive damages.Mirena IUD Lawsuits For Serious Complications
If you have had serious side effects or complications due to the use of a Mirena IUD, you may be able to receive financial compensation for your medical bills, time lost from work and pain and suffering. Bayer is a large pharmaceutical company that will fight these allegations with their team of legal advisors but you too can be well represented. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have medical experts and has attorneys experienced in medical device litigation that will fight for your right to receive compensation for your pain and loss. Please call us today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.
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