Thousands of women in the United States have been known to experience adverse side effects from the Mirena IUD since it was approved by the FDA over 20 years ago.
If you have experienced complications after having a Mirena IUD implanted, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for your damages. There is evidence that the manufacturers of this contraceptive device have known about its defects and continued to produce it regardless.
Call The Law Place today for a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer who can tell you if you have grounds for a lawsuit and support you through the legal process.
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What Is a Mirina IUD?
The Mirena IUD is a commonly used birth control device that is inserted into the uterus by a trained physician. Some women opt for this device because it can prevent pregnancy for up to five years without them having to think about it.
It works by releasing a hormone called levonorgestrel into the uterus daily to prevent pregnancy. Some women choose the Mirena to avoid some of the side effects associated with estrogen, a hormone that is commonly found in other contraceptives.
Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals
The majority of Mirena IUDs that are used by medical professionals in the United States are manufactured by Bayer, and a multitude of lawsuits have been filed against them after many women reported serious side effects after having it implanted.
Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, INC. has been accused of:
- Marketing the Mirena IUD using deceptive tactics.
- Failing to make the dangers, risks, and complications associated with the Mirena clear.
- Knowingly producing and selling a defective and dangerous birth control
A large proportion of the lawsuits that have been filed against Bayer have involved patients who have been forced to have their Mirena IUD surgically removed because of complications.
Filing a Claim Against a Mirena Manufacturer in St. Petersburg, Florida
A personal injury lawyer will work to establish that the Mirena IUD manufacturer was negligent and that this negligence directly caused your injuries. Manufacturers have a legal duty of care to their customers and are expected to sell safe and effective products. They are also legally obligated to warn them of the potential risks. If it can be proven that Bayer knew (or should have known) of any foreseeable risks and failed to address them, they can be held liable for your damages.
The experienced personal injury lawyers at our law firm know how to handle complex and lengthy cases such as this and can fight for the compensation that you are rightfully owed. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
Common Side Effects Associated With Mirena
Some very serious complications have been directly linked to Minera IUDs.
Common side effects include:
- Pelvic pain.
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
- Embedment of the Mirena into the uterine wall.
- Irregular bleeding.
- Painful menstrual cramping.
- Perforation of the cervix.
- Ovarian cysts.
There are cases of the Mirena IUD migrating to other parts of the body. When this happens, it is crucial for the device to be surgically removed. A surgery like this is very invasive and comes with a risk of infection, internal scarring, and/or damage to their other organs.
The Mirena and Risk of Miscarriage
Any tearing of the womb increases the risks of miscarriage. This is an issue if a woman falls pregnant after her Mirena has been removed.
The Mirena also increases the risk of an ectopic pregnancy – a very dangerous condition that involves a fetus attaching outside of the uterus. The fetus is not viable when this occurs, and it is a life-threatening complication for the mother.
Pseudotumor Cerebri Injuries
Pseudotumor Cerebri injuries (“false brain tumor”) have also been linked to the Mirena IUD. This injury involves an abnormal increase of cerebrospinal fluid in the skull, causing Pseudotumor Cerebri (or idiopathic intracranial hypertension). It is thought that the hormones that make the device work can cause this increase.
Bayer has been accused of not giving enough information about how the hormone works. Due to the fact that levonorgestrel is more active than other birth control hormones, there is an increased chance of side effects. Research has made a clear link between women who used levonorgestrel products (i.e., Mirena) and Pseudotumor Cerebri injuries.
Damages in a Mirena Birth Control Defect Case
A personal injury lawyer can fight for certain damages, such as:
If someone else is liable for your injuries, it is only fair that they should be expected to cover your medical bills. We can recover compensation for any past, current, and expected future medical costs. This can include any bills for doctor’s appointments, hospital stays, trips to the ER, medical equipment, surgery, and any rehabilitative (physical) therapy you may have needed.
If you have sustained serious injuries because of a Mirena or any defective medical device, it is likely that you will have missed work for any necessary procedures and added recovery time. Compensation for lost wages should also account for future earnings that you are likely to lose because of any expected future medical treatment.
Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering damages are awarded to victims for their physical and emotional pain and suffering that resulted from an injury. This could be physical pain and/or emotional stress such as anxiety, fear, depression, and insomnia. The amount that you are likely to be awarded will largely depend on the nature and extent of your injuries.
In some cases, the victim’s spouse is entitled to compensation for loss of companionship. These damages are usually awarded when victims have sustained life-altering, permanent injuries.
Contact The Law Place for a Free Consultation
At The Law Place, we have over 75 years of combined experience in handling personal injury cases involving large corporations such as Bayer. Therefore, if you or a loved one have experienced complications from a defective medical device such as the Mirena, we can help.
An experienced lawyer from our law firm can discuss your legal options with you during a free case review. So don’t hesitate, call us today to schedule a free consultation at (941) 444-4444. Our phone lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.