The Hasbrook & Hasbrook law firm is investigating possible lawsuits on behalf of women in Oklahoma who have experienced severe adverse effects due to use of a Mirena IUD birth control device. Many women have experienced serious consequences, including permanent harms and losses, from their use of a Mirena IUD.
The Mirena IUD is manufactured by Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. It is a plastic, T-shaped device that is inserted at the top of the uterus to prevent pregnancy and also to treat heavy periods. The device releases the hormone levonorgestrel, which prevents pregnancy.
Several hundred lawsuits have been filed against Bayer in multiple states by women who have experienced adverse effects from using Mirena IUDs.
Side Effects of the IUD
Many severe side effects have been attributed to Mirena IUD use, including:
- Uterine perforation, i.e., tears or punctures of the uterus wall.
- The device can become dislodged and migrate away from the uterus. Users have reported device migration to the abdominal cavity, fallopian tube, pelvis, and even the rib cage.
- The device has caused serious infections, including pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and sepsis.
- The above harms are often accompanied by additional adverse effects, including ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy outside the uterus), loss of pregnancy, infertility, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, bloating, heavy vaginal bleeding, ovarian cysts, chills, fever, loss of sex drive, migraines and acne.
- When serious adverse effects occur, additional surgeries are sometimes necessary, including revision (corrective) surgery, removal surgery (to retrieve a migrated device), and hysterectomies.
The hundreds of lawsuits already pending against Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals over Mirena IUD side effects are based not only on the adverse results described above, but also on allegations that:
- Bayer failed to properly warn about possible side effects.
- Bayer was misleading in its marketing of the product.
- Bayer exaggerated the benefits of Mirena use, thus tipping the scales in patients’ efforts to weigh benefits and risks.
Most healthcare products and procedures have possible adverse effects, and patients are expected to evaluate the risks of products and procedures they use. However, if the manufacturer does not disclose known side effects, and/or if the manufacturer fails to give proper emphasis to the side effects while promoting the possible benefits, and/or if the manufacturer exaggerates the benefits in order to persuade patients to accept greater risks, patients are prevented from accurately weighing the benefits and risks.
If you are a woman in Oklahoma who has experienced severe harms due to your use of a Mirena IUD, you are not alone. Hasbrook & Hasbrook is reviewing Mirenda IUD cases in which one or more of the following adverse effects have occurred:
- Uterine perforation: If diagnosed six months after insertion. If perforation is diagnosed within the first six months, we must be able to confirm that the doctor placed the device properly.
- Device migration (outside the uterus): If diagnosed six months after insertion. If migration is diagnosed within the first six months, we must be able to confirm that the doctor placed the device properly.
- Surgical removal of the device due to migration: If the surgery occurred or is scheduled to occur six months or more but less than five years after insertion of the device. If surgery occurred less than six months after insertion, we must be able to confirm that the doctor placed the device properly.
- Surgical removal of the device due to embedment, i.e.,the device has become embedded in the myometrium (uterine wall), necessitating surgery: If the surgery occurred or is scheduled to occur six months or more but less than five years after insertion of the device. If surgery occurred less than six months after insertion, we must be able to confirm that the doctor placed the device properly.
- Perforations or migrations which occur after the five-year mark will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
If You Were Injured from an IUD in Oklahoma, Our Attorneys May be Able to Help
If you, a loved one, or someone you know has experienced any of these adverse effects due to use of a Mirena IUD, please contact our law office. You may contact us by telephone (866-416-4737), email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or you may use our website contact form.
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