Mirena IUD Lawsuit
A growing number of women have come forward with reports of injuries caused by Bayer’s Mirena IUD birth control product. If you or a loved one used the Mirena IUD, only to suffer complications such as infection, perforation of the uterus, or pelvic inflammatory disease, you may be eligible to seek compensation for your injuries by filing a Mirena IUD lawsuit.
A New York product liability lawyer at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye is available to provide an honest evaluation of your case free of charge. Don’t delay in exploring the rights afforded to you by the law. If you have been hurt by a dangerous medical product in NYC or Long Island, the law grants you the right to compensation for your pain & suffering, lost wages, medical bills, loss of quality of life, and loss of spousal consortium.
If you have been hurt by Mirena, you are not alone—the FDA has received over 70,000 complaints from patients and doctors about Mirena since it hit the market in 2000, and hundreds of women across the country have filed product liability lawsuits against Bayer alleging that the birth control device is not suitable for use. Don’t suffer in silence—talk to a lawyer at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye today to learn about your legal options.
Bayer targets young mothers with Mirena IUD
The Mirena IUD (intra-uterine device) was introduced in 2000 by its manufacturer, Bayer Pharmaceuticals, as a safe, effective, and convenient method of long-term birth control. Mirena is a plastic t-shaped device inserted into the uterus that releases a birth control hormone called levornorgestrel to prevent pregnancy. When low doses of the progestin hormone are released, it thickens the mucus around the cervix, inhibiting the entrance of sperm, and significantly reducing the chances of conception.
Bayer’s marketing campaign for Mirena targeted young moms on the go, claiming that they would experience more romance, intimacy, and emotional satisfaction with their partners by having a hassle-free Mirena IUD implanted, rather than having to remember to take a pill every day. Bayer’s aggressive marketing campaign worked: Over two million women worldwide have used the Mirena IUD as their primary form of contraception.
FDA issues Mirena warning
In 2009, the FDA sent a warning letter to Bayer Pharmaceuticals because the company’s marketing materials exaggerated the effectiveness of the Mirena IUD, while also downplaying the serious medical risks and side effects to consumers. The FDA also went on to accuse Bayer of engaging in misleading and deceptive marketing practices in their “young moms” campaign, which made unsubstantiated claims that using the Mirena IUD would lead to emotional satisfaction. What Bayer failed to mention was that pre-market testing revealed Mirena side effects such as nervousness, depression, and decreased libido.
Serious Mirena side effects experienced by women include:
- Device migration (the device is dislodged and travels from the uterus to another organ)
- Uterine perforation
- Perforation of the bladder, intestines, and other organs
- Embedment in the uterine wall
- Device expulsion
- Pregnancy complications and ectopic pregnancy
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
- Chronic pain
- Ovarian cysts
When the device migrates, it also increases the chances of conception, and if pregnancy occurs while the IUD is inside the body, it can endanger the health of both mother and child. The device can put women at increased risk of an ectopic pregnancy, septic abortion, miscarriage, premature labor, and premature delivery.
Surgical removal of Mirena IUD
Women who become pregnant or have major medical complications as a result of using Mirena may need to have the device surgically removed. Some women need to undergo multiple surgeries if the physician has difficulty locating the device or if there is extensive damage to the uterus and internal organs. After the surgeries are performed, there is still the chance that the patient will need additional care to treat permanent injuries.
New Yorkers continue to file Mirena lawsuits
In February, 2013, a lawsuit was filed against Bayer Pharmaceuticals by Kristie B. Donovan in New York. According to the lawsuit, Ms. Donovan’s physician implanted the Mirena IUD in 2009. The device migrated and perforated her uterus. Because the IUD was no longer in place, Ms. Donovan became pregnant. Following delivery of the baby in December 2011, further testing revealed that the Mirena IUD had moved to Donovan’s upper abdomen. As a result, she required multiple surgeries and now claims she has been left with severe and permanent injuries.
Another Mirena birth control lawsuit was filed in New York by Julie Cantor Miller and her husband, Jonathan. In June of 2009, Cantor’s physician inserted the Mirena IUD. In April of 2011, the plaintiff learned that she had suffered a uterine perforation. Laparoscopic surgery was needed to remove the IUD, which had migrated outside the uterine cavity. Following surgical removal of the IUD, Miller indicates that she has been left with severe and permanent injuries, and pain and suffering, resulting in a claim for compensatory and punitive damages against the manufacturer.
The lawsuit accuses Bayer of negligence, defective design, defective manufacturing, failure to warn, misrepresentation, failing to adequately test the Mirena IUD, breach of warranty, and fraud.
In further New York Mirena IUD lawsuit news, a Long Island woman who suffered complications from the device was told she needed to have it surgically removed. Her surgeon was initially unable find the IUD, which had slipped out of position and had become embedded in her fallopian tube. Once located, the surgeon was then able to remove it. Shortly thereafter, the young woman learned she was pregnant, but then miscarried. She then suffered an ectopic pregnancy in the same fallopian tube where Mirena had been embedded and was forced to have her ovary and fallopian tube removed.
Speak to New York Mirena lawsuit attorney
The number of NYC & Long Island product liability lawsuits filed by women who have suffered Mirena IUD complications continues to steadily increase. Mirena lawsuits are being filed in New York on behalf of women who have suffered serious problems ranging from device expulsion, dislodgement, vaginal hemorrhage, and infection to uterine perforation, organ damage, and ectopic pregnancies.
Manufacturers such as Bayer Pharmaceuticals have a duty to ensure the safety of their products, and to adequately warn you, the consumer, of the risks associated with the use of their products. If they fail to meet reasonable standards of safety, these parties may be liable for injuries that result from their negligence or from defects in their products.
The New York personal injury attorneys at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye can explain your legal options and advise you as to the best course of action for pursuing damages in a court of law. Monetary damages recovered in a lawsuit may include compensation for past and future medical expenses, lost wages, loss of expected future earnings, emotional distress and legal costs.
Contact us to schedule an initial consultation free of charge. Evening and weekend appointments are available upon request. If you are unable to travel because of your injury, we will come to you.
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