Paragard® intrauterine devices (IUDs) are designed to prevent pregnancy. But new lawsuits claim that Paragard copper IUDs can break while inside the body, leaving plastic and metal behind — even after the device is removed. If you or a loved one had a Paragard device removed within the last 3 years and it broke prior to or during removal, you may be able to file a Paragard IUD lawsuit and pursue compensation.
FDA Updates Paragard Label To Warn of Breakage
In 2019, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) updated the label for Paragard’s IUD to warn that the birth control device could get lodged inside the body and break before or during removal.
While this new warning may be helpful to those considering Paragard as a birth control option, it comes too late to protect those who have had this IUD for years without knowing the risk of breakage. Paragard IUDs were made for long-term use — up to 10 years at a time — and users may not have been properly warned of this risk.
Paragard Lawsuit: IUD May Break, Leave Shards in Body
Dozens of lawsuits filed in recent years claim that Paragard IUDs can break without warning, leaving patients with pieces of copper-lined plastic inside of their bodies. These shards can then get stuck in the uterine lining or other body parts. Those affected may need surgery to remove the IUD shards.
Paragard lawsuits have stated that Teva Pharmaceuticals — the device manufacturer — and related companies knew the product could break but did not warn the public of these risks. Further, as more lawsuits are filed, attorneys believe that thousands of people may have been injured by Paragard.
If a Paragard IUD device broke inside your body before or during removal in the last 3 years, contact Sokolove Law. Our law firm has recovered over $1.7 Billion for other victims of defective medical devices, and we may be able to help you take legal action.
Connect with our Paragard IUD lawsuit attorneys today for a free case review.
What Is Paragard?
The Paragard IUD is a form of hormone-free long-term birth control, designed to prevent pregnancy for up to a decade.
Paragard is a small piece of copper-lined plastic shaped like the letter “T.” A health care provider inserts the device into the uterus and monitors it periodically for complications. The copper wire lining prevents pregnancy by creating a reaction that prevents the sperm from traveling to and fertilizing the egg.
Removing a Paragard IUD is meant to be simple — doctors pull on strings attached to the IUD’s base, folding the plastic arms of the “T” upwards and allowing the device to come out in one piece. However, recent Paragard IUD lawsuits have called the safety of this removal process, and the product itself, into question.
Paragard Side Effects & Complications
At this time, the most notable Paragard side effects occur when the device’s arms break off inside of the body. The broken plastic and copper coil can get embedded in the uterine wall or other organs.
Those affected may need to undergo invasive surgeries, such as a hysteroscopy or hysterectomy, to have the fragments removed from the body. While doctors may be able to remove the fragments with these surgeries, they could have lasting consequences — for example, if a patient must undergo a hysterectomy, she can never become pregnant.
Further, some Paragard IUD removal surgeries can even fail to remove the fragments. A Paragard lawsuit filed in March 2020 noted that the plaintiff (the person suing) still had a piece of the IUD embedded in her uterine lining despite several attempts to remove it.
Other side effects of Paragard IUDs may include:
- Allergies or inflammation due to the copper
- Cramps and pain
- Dangerous infections
- Longer periods/heavy bleeding after Paragard IUD removal
- Organ damage and scarring
- Pelvic abscesses (infections of fluid in fallopian tubes or ovaries)
Unlike Paragard, other “T” shaped IUDs (such as the Skyla and Mirena IUD) are not known to be defective at this time. On the other hand, Paragard is the only non-hormonal form of long-term female IUD available as of 2021.
In light of the new FDA warnings and recent lawsuits, those considering IUDs now must choose between using a hormone-based device or run the risk of receiving a defective Paragard device.
If you or a loved one experienced serious complications from a Paragard IUD, contact Sokolove Law today. Financial compensation may be available.
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Is Paragard safe?
Despite the growing number of lawsuits, neither the FDA nor Teva have issued a Paragard recall as of 2021. However, Paragard IUD lawsuits have noted a variety of serious or long-term side effects as shown in the list above.
Always consult your doctor before making a health care decision.
Can I file a Paragard IUD lawsuit?
You may be able to file a lawsuit if you had a Paragard IUD removed within the last 3 years and it broke prior to or during the removal process.
Call the Paragard lawsuit attorneys at Sokolove Law now to see if you can take legal action. Our team is standing by to help you get started if you qualify.
How much will it cost to file a Paragard IUD lawsuit?
Sokolove Law works on a contingency fee basis and charges no upfront fees to file a Paragard IUD lawsuit. Instead, our lawyers are paid if they secure compensation for your case. You pay nothing if our firm cannot get compensation for you.
What are common Paragard IUD lawsuit settlement amounts?
At this time, Paragard IUD lawsuit settlement amounts have not been disclosed to the public.
Settlements typically occur when the defendant’s lawyers reach a financial agreement with the plaintiff’s lawyers. The defendant (the party allegedly at fault) must then pay the plaintiff a sum of money. Oftentimes these agreements remain confidential to the public. If no settlement can be reached, the case may move into a trial phase.
The Paragard lawsuit attorneys at Sokolove Law can help victims obtain as much compensation possible through a settlement or, if needed, a trial.
Contact a Paragard Law Firm: Sokolove Law
If you or someone you love had complications from a Paragard removal within the last 3 years, contact Sokolove Law today.
For decades, Sokolove Law has helped victims of dangerous medical devices access compensation and find peace of mind. Our Paragard lawyers may be able to help you pursue justice if this device caused you harm.
Connect with our firm today for a free case review. Our team can review the details of your case and put you in touch with caring and experienced Paragard lawsuit attorneys if you qualify.