Paragard is a copper intrauterine device (IUD) manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals. Approved by the FDA more than 30 years ago, it is the only non-hormonal IUD on the market today, touted for its 99% efficacy rates in pregnancy prevention. While this contraceptive device is an effective birth control method, it has been linked to a number of severe and potentially life-altering side effects and complications– and many of these were not fully disclosed to women or their physicians.

IUD breakage, expulsion, and organ perforation have prompted women to seek legal redress. Showard Law Firm is currently investigating these defective medical device claims and offers seasoned advocacy on a contingency-fee-basis. If you experienced complications or severe injuries from this copper IUD, you might be eligible to file a Paragard lawsuit. We have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of clients across the nation and can help you navigate the legal process.

About the Paragard IUD

The Paragard IUD is made of soft plastic wrapped with a thin layer of copper. Once inserted by a healthcare professional, it provides up to 10 years of contraception. The most common side effects associated with the copper IUD include heavier, longer menstrual cycles, cramping during periods, backaches, spotting between cycles, and the possibility of developing pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) in the first month after placement.

But there are other complications and serious risks that plaintiffs claim the manufacturer failed to warn about. IUD fracture during removal is one of the chief complaints raised in Paragard lawsuits, though other safety issues have been cited and reported to the FDA MAUDE adverse event log.  The federal agency has more than 1,600 reports detailing the following types of problems:

  • IUD broke apart during removal procedure, well under the 10-year mark
  • IUD’s T-shaped arms embedded in patient’s uterus
  • IUD was missing copper components after removal
  • Uterine perforation by the copper IUD
  • Spontaneous expulsion

Complications and injuries associated with Paragard

Thousands of women allege health complications and debilitating injuries from the Paragard IUD, many of which have undermined the quality of their lives.

  • IUD fracturing into pieces during removal
  • Migration of the device into other body parts
  • Perforation of the uterus
  • IUD embedding in the uterus
  • Uterine infection
  • Copper foil fell off IUD
  • Expulsion
  • Inflammatory reactions
  • Organ damage and scarring
  • Need for hysterectomy
  • Permanent Infertility
  • Complications from an ectopic pregnancy

When an unreasonably dangerous medical device causes injury, you do not need to suffer in silence. At Showard Law Firm, we provide compassionate, skilled representation.

Paragard IUD lawsuit: common allegations

Teva Pharmaceuticals and CooperSurgical, Inc. are facing a number of allegations regarding the design, manufacture, and promotion of the copper IUD.

A Paragard lawsuit 2020 may cite the following causes of action:

  • Defective design
  • Manufacturing defects
  • Failure to warn medical providers and consumers of known and potential risks
  • Misleading or deceptive marketing information

When device manufacturers place profits over consumer safety, the results can be catastrophic. In addition to emotional and physical hardships, people have incurred significant expenses from missed work, corrective surgeries, doctor visits, and medications. Showard Law Firm has a proven track record of success representing women harmed by defective medical devices and stands ready to help you.

Settlements for Paragard lawsuits

Our legal team will assess the economic and non-economic damages you sustained because of the Paragard IUD and put together a demand package that accounts for these losses. A settlement or court award may include damages for:

  • Medical and hospital expenses
  • Lost income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Punitive damages

Injured by the Paragard IUD?

It is too soon to predict Paragard lawsuit settlement amounts, as litigation is still taking shape. If prior mass torts involving IUD injuries are any indication, plaintiffs stand a good chance of recovering fair money damages. In 2017, Bayer resolved Mirena intrauterine device cases with a $12.2 million settlement.

Not sure if you qualify for legal compensation after suffering injuries from a Paragard IUD? We offer confidential case evaluations to determine if your case merits litigation. We’ll investigate your Paragard claim at no charge and work diligently toward a successful settlement or recovery that accounts for your pain, suffering, and economic losses.

Call us for a free consultation

Our mission is to help injured clients receive the justice they deserve and the financial means to heal and move forward with their lives.  Reach out to schedule a complimentary Paragard lawsuit case review today.

Additional Resources

  1. Cleveland Clinic, ParaGard Copper IUD https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/drugs/17741-paragard%C2%AE-copper-iud
  2. International Journal of Women’s Health, Long-term safety, efficacy, and patient acceptability of the intrauterine Copper T-380A contraceptive device https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2971735/
  3. FDA, Approval for Paragard Copper IUD https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/nda/pre96/018680_original_approval.pdf

 

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