If you or someone you know has experienced complications during the removal of the contraceptive device, Paragard, contact Shapiro Legal Group, PLLC. Our attorneys can help you file a lawsuit for proper financial compensation for any injuries you suffered as a result of the contraceptive device. We are here to assist you through the entire legal process and provide legal representation for injured people throughout the United States.
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What is Paragard and Why Is it Considered Defective?
Paragard IUD is a copper intrauterine device that is used to prevent pregnancy for up to 10 years. It is completely hormone-free and is placed in the uterus by a doctor or healthcare provider. The contraceptive device has been in use since the 1980s, but in recent years, it has raised health concerns – specifically the concern that the device can break during removal and imbed in other organs.
Why Are There Lawsuits Against Paragard?
Lawsuits against the manufacturers of Paragard, Teva Pharmaceuticals and The CooperCompanies, have already been filed on the following grounds:
- Defective design
- Manufacturing defect
- Improper labeling/failure to warn about its risks
- Negligence, or recklessness
The lawsuits allege that the manufacturers misrepresented Paragard to the public and failed to warn users and medical providers about the potential risks of the device, leaving users vulnerable to injuries and complications that could have otherwise been prevented.
What Are Side Effects of Paragard?
The more common side effects listed by CooperSurgical include:
- Dysmenorrhea, or menstrual cramps
- Dyspareunia, or painful intercourse
- Complete or partial expulsion
- Prolonged menstrual flow
- Menstrual spotting
- Pain and cramping
Outside of heavier, longer, and more painful periods, the most serious side effects of the contraceptive device are Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and issues placing or removing the contraceptive device. If the device breaks during removal, an invasive procedure may be necessary to retrieve the pieces – such as a hysteroscopy in which a doctor inserts a small device in your uterus. If the doctor is unable to retrieve the pieces, the pieces could become embedded in the uterine wall and eventually lead to more serious complications.
If you experience any of the side effects listed above, seek immediate medical assistance.
Contact Shapiro Legal Group, PLLC Today
If you or someone you love has experienced complications during the removal of Paragard, know that you have resources. The attorneys at Shapiro Legal Group, PLLC are here to help you in any way we can.
We can help you file a lawsuit. While a lawsuit cannot undo the damage caused to you, it can allow you to:
- Hold the manufacturers of Paragard accountable
- Push for better safety measures and more transparency in the future
- Recover compensation for the complications and financial damage you have suffered
Call (800) 220-0984, or fill out an online form to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys. We will get back to you quickly and make sure your questions are answered.