Paragard Attorney in Massachusetts
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of an IUD called Paragard, you might be entitled to collect medical expenses and other financial compensation from the manufacturer and other responsible parties.
Paragard has been known to break or migrate after being implanted. As a result, women have suffered organ perforation and needed additional surgery after removal of the device.
Consumers should be able to trust that IUDs and other medical devices have been properly tested and are safe for use and that any dangers or risks have been properly disclosed. When this isn’t the case, the medical device attorneys at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman in Boston will fight for what’s right.
Our Paragard attorneys in Massachusetts are actively investigating potential claims related to this IUD. Our law firm knows all too well that injuries caused by defective medical devices can be serious and lead to long-term health problems. The firm has successfully represented clients for other birth control devices, including Essure.
Our attorneys will conduct a free and confidential evaluation of your Paragard case and determine whether you have a viable claim against any of the companies that have manufactured the Paragard IUD. We understand the sensitive nature of these types of cases and will treat you with the care and respect that you deserve. All consultations are free, which means there are no upfront costs until we win your case.
Not only do our Paragard injury attorneys have the skills and experience to go up against medical device makers and win, but our law firm has the resources to take these cases from complaint to the courthouse.
Because this is a new area of litigation, our attorneys are monitoring developments related to Paragard cases on a daily basis.
We encourage you to call our office today for a free consultation. The sooner you get in touch with our Paragard injury attorneys, the better your chance of a successful outcome.The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman Can Help with a Paragard Injury Claim
Paragard is a form of birth control. The small intrauterine device, or IUD, allows a woman to prevent pregnancy for up to ten years. Paragard is different from other forms of birth control because it uses copper instead of hormones.
However, some women are reporting problems associated with use of the intrauterine device. They claim that Paragard can break off or migrate after it has been implanted, causing organ perforation and requiring surgery to repair the damage.
If you’ve experienced a breakage or migration of a Paragard IUD or any other injury or complication related to your Paragard implant, the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman can help.
In determining whether you have a viable Paragard claim, our attorneys will look at a number of factors such as whether the Paragard IUD had to be removed earlier than anticipated, complications that occurred during removal of the device and whether you needed to be treated for an infection or undergo surgery for a perforated organ or other internal problem.
Common health problems and complications associated with Paragard include:
- IUD embedding in the uterus
- Perforation of the uterus or cervix
- IUD migration
- IUD breakage upon removal
- Copper left behind in the body
- Infection or abscess
- Organ damage
- Pelvic inflammatory disease, or PID
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Wrongful death
If a pregnancy occurs while a woman is implanted with Paragard, an ectopic pregnancy can occur. An ectopic pregnancy, also known as a tubal pregnancy, is a pregnancy in which a fertilized egg implants outside the uterus. The egg can’t survive outside the uterus and if left there, can cause damage to organs and a dangerous loss of blood. Symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy include pelvic pain and vaginal bleeding.
Depending on the stage in which the ectopic pregnancy is discovered, medications or surgery is needed for treatment.
If you’re using Paragard and think you might be pregnant, it is recommended that you seek immediate medical care.The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman Can Prove Your Paragard Product Liability Claim
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Paragard for use in 1984, and the device has been on the market since 1988. Over the past decade, the FDA allegedly has received nearly 3,000 reports of unexpected Paragard breakages.
Initially, Paragard was manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals. In 2017, Teva sold its Paragard brand to a company called The Cooper Companies.
Both Teva and The Cooper Companies have been named as defendants in Paragard lawsuits. Other companies that have manufactured Paragard over the years also have been named as defendants. In these lawsuits, plaintiffs are accusing the manufacturers of failing to properly warn about the dangers and side effects of Paragard.
After reviewing your case, our Paragard injury attorneys will help build a case against all parties who are responsible for your injuries. These parties could include Teva, The Cooper Companies and Cooper Companies subsidiary CooperSurgical, which is the medical device unit of the company. A medical device manufacturer can be liable for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and more.
Our attorneys will help you make sure your Paragard injuries are properly documented and will call on medical experts to help prove your case.
The make and model of the IUD that you had implanted is important. This information will confirm that you were implanted with a Paragard IUD. It’s important to note that only certain models of Paragard IUDs are the subject of lawsuits. Our attorneys will advise on the best way to obtain this information.
Our law firm works with the top medical experts in the country. In complicated medical cases like medical device cases, expert testimony is crucial and often the difference maker when it comes to winning these lawsuits.
Defective birth control falls under the umbrella of product liability. Product liability refers to the area of law that holds all types of manufacturers liable for harm caused by their products.
In product liability lawsuits, plaintiffs allege that a product is defective in design, manufacture or marketing. It’s not unusual for plaintiffs to assert claims for design defects, manufacturing defects and marketing defects.
Plaintiffs asserting marketing defect claims allege that the manufacturer failed to warn about dangers associated with their product or properly instruct on its use.
Plaintiffs in Paragard cases allege that the manufacturer designed a defective IUD, failed to warn users and medical professionals about the dangers of using the IUD and misrepresented that Paragard is a safe and effective method of birth control. They allege that the manufacturer knew or should have known about the dangers associated with using Paragard but failed to disclose those dangers to the public.
Plaintiffs often argue that they would not have used the medical device if they had known about the risk.
To win these cases, you must prove that you were injured, Paragard was defective, Paragard caused your injury and you were using Paragard as intended.
Paragard isn’t the first IUD that has been the focus of lawsuits. Bayer faced lawsuits from thousands of women over its Mirena IUD. Similar to claims in Paragard lawsuits, women in Mirena cases alleged that Mirena migrated from the uterus and perforated organs and that they needed surgery to treat complications. Bayer paid millions of dollars to settle thousands of Mirena claims.What Does the Manufacturer of Paragard Have to Say About the IUD’s Safety Risks
CooperSurgical provides “Important Safety Information” for Paragard on its website. CooperSurgical says women should not use Paragard if they have a pelvic infection or certain cancers. Less than 1% of users get a serious infection known as pelvic inflammatory disease, or PID, according to the company.
CooperSurgical advises that women contact their doctors if they miss a period, have persistent abdominal pain or if Paragard comes out. If the device comes out, women should use another form of birth control, the company says.
CooperSurgical says that in “rare cases” Paragard can “attach to or go through the uterus and cause other problems” and that pregnancy “is uncommon” but can cause infertility or loss of pregnancy and “be life threatening.”
The company reports that users might experience increased bleeding and spotting in the first two to three months of use.
CooperSurgical suggests that women considering Paragard consult with their healthcare providers and report any negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. To learn more about how our birth control defect attorneys can help with your Paragard claim, contact The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman, LLC today at (617) 367-2900 or using our online form.