Paragard IUD Lawsuits
Were You Injured by the Paragard IUD?
Women rely on birth control manufacturers to provide top-quality, reliable products that include adequate warnings about potential side effects. Unfortunately, as of December 2020, a total of 37,389 victims have filed reports to the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) alleging defects and adverse reactions to the Paragard T 380A IUD, manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals. Of that total, 15,754 victims reported serious injuries while 15 allege death.
The Paragard copper intrauterine device (IUD) is a hormone-free, T-shaped birth control device that provides long-term protection against pregnancy. Paragard uses copper instead of hormones to help prevent fertilization by acting as a spermicide, helping prevent the sperm from reaching and fertilizing the egg. However, manufacturing issues such as product breakage and insufficient warnings about side effects have left one too many women in a personal health crisis.
As such, our Southern California personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Scott D. Hughes can help victims file lawsuits against Teva Pharmaceuticals to hold the device manufacturer accountable for its negligence. To discuss your situation with us during a free consultation, call (714) 987-2671!
Types of Paragard IUD Injuries
Countless women reported needing surgery and suffering from serious injuries due to the product’s complications and defects. Among the most common types of Paragard IUD injuries reported to the FDA include:
- IUD getting embedded in the uterus
- Perforation of the uterine wall, cervix, colon, etc.
- Migration of all or part of the device to other parts of the body, leading to organ perforation and organ damage
- Device breakage requiring surgery
- Scarring and damage
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Loss of reproductive health
- IUD expulsion or falling out of the uterus
- Inflammation or allergic reaction because of copper left in the body
- Death from any of the above injuries
How the Paragard IUD Works
The Paragard IUD birth control device is a medical product that consists of a plastic base wrapped with copper wiring. To implant the device, doctors insert the IUD through the patient’s cervical opening and into the uterus. Paragard IUD patients can expect the device to last up to 10 years.
On the product’s website, patients are warned of the following safety information:
- IUDs, including Paragard, have been associated with an increased risk of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
- Don’t use Paragard if you have a pelvic infection, certain cancers, a copper allergy, Wilson’s disease, or PID
- If you miss a period, have persistent abdominal pain, or if Paragard comes out, tell your healthcare provider (HCP)
- If it comes out, use back-up birth control
- Paragard may attach to or go through the uterus and cause other problems
- Pregnancy with Paragard is rare but can be life-threatening and may cause infertility or loss of pregnancy
- Periods may become heavier and longer with spotting in between and bleeding may be heavier than usual at first
- Paragard does not protect against HIV or STDs
We Are Your Allies & Advocates Every Step of the Way
Our Southern California personal injury lawyers are deeply aware of the life-altering effects that women can suffer and have suffered from the Paragard IUD. Birth control products should be safe and trustworthy for all patients, therefore negligent manufacturers should be held accountable for their wrongdoings.
With this in mind, you can count on the Law Offices of Scott D. Hughes to review your situation and determine if you may have a claim. From there, we will work tirelessly to negotiate for the highest and fairest possible settlement on your behalf, helping you recover damages for your pain, suffering, medical costs, and more.