Paragard is the only copper IUD on the market today made by Teva Pharmaceuticals. It is a long-lasting birth control device that is placed directly into the uterus. The device must be fitted by a doctor, and it consists of a ‘T’ shaped body with a copper coil wrapped around the main leg. It is removable, and it can remain effective for up to 10 years.
Copper creates an environment that is toxic for sperm, which causes sperm to swim away from the uterus, thus preventing conception. The device has been in use since the 1980’s; however, thousands of women have reported severe health problems, including some deaths. As a result, there are questions about the safety of the device, with a number of lawsuits being filed covering a variety of medical problems associated with use of the device.
The injury attorneys at Thompson Law Firm in Phoenix have significant experience in helping clients who have been affected by Paragard. Our offices are conveniently located in Chandler, Peoria, and North Phoenix, and we can meet in-person or over the phone or video call. You can contact us for a free consultation, or you can read on to find out more.
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Is There a Recall on Paragard?
Paragard remains on the market today, despite thousands of reports of problems received by the FDA, including over 7,000 in 2019 alone.
How Many People Have Died from Paragard?
While there have been tens of thousands of reports received by the FDA over Paragard, around 16,000 are concerning severe medical problems. There are at least 15 deaths associated with usage of the device.
Why is Paragard Dangerous?
There have been a significant number of complaints filed concerning Paragard, one of these being that the device can break inside the woman’s body. As a result, the device can become embedded in the uterine wall, eventually perforating it and causing serious problems as fragments move around the body.
This breakage has also been known to happen during the removal procedure, requiring an extensive and complex operation to remove all fragments to avoid damaging other organs within the body. In both cases, whether breaking inside the body or during removal, fragments can be so embedded within tissue that the only way to secure the woman’s future health is through a hysterectomy, completely removing the patient’s uterus. This is a devastating consequence that has lasting physical and psychological consequences for the woman.
Other side effects of these problems include infections, ectopic pregnancies and inter-cranial hypertension.
Do I Qualify for a Paragard Lawsuit?
If you or a loved one have been injured by a Paragard device either through breakage within the body, during removal or you have suffered any of the associated problems mentioned, you may be able to file a lawsuit against Teva Pharmaceuticals over the failure of the device.
Although Paragard has not been recalled, it may be too late for many of the people who used the device. People who had life changing complications due to Paragard deserve justice, and the attorneys at Thompson Law Firm are here to help you achieve it.
What Can You Recover From an Paragard Lawsuit?
Those who file a lawsuit and are awarded a settlement may recover the cost of the medical bills incurred during treatment. In addition, they may recover lost earnings from being unable to work, emotional damages, pain and suffering, and other financial costs that have been incurred.
How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
A lawyer can help establish if you have a case against Teva Pharmaceuticals for costs and damages and bring that action to court on your behalf.
If you’ve suffered from negative side effects from Paragard, Thompson Law Firm can help you seek compensation. We work on a contingency basis; we don’t get paid unless you get paid. When you’re ready to move forward with your claim, please contact our office.
Leveraging our 20+ years of winning claims against goliath insurance companies, we know how to move heaven and earth to get you fairly compensated for your unbearable loss. We know that only then will you be able to close this painful chapter and start a new one, stronger and bolder than before.