Paragard has long been used as a form of long-acting birth control among women; however, recent concerns regarding its safety and potential risks to health have resulted in multiple lawsuits against Teva Pharmaceuticals, its manufacturer.
Paragard devices that break or migrate off their intended placement have caused severe health complications, including internal organ damage, infection, and infertility.
If you’re experiencing complications associated with Paragard use, you may qualify to file legal claims against the manufacturer; Teva Pharmaceuticals.
An attorney could help you hold Paragard’s manufacturer liable for any injuries or damages suffered as a result of its use. In this review, we will investigate both the risks and side effects associated with Paragard as well as any legal options that might exist for those affected.
What is Paragard?
Paragard is an effective non-hormonal contraceptive device widely used by women for decades. First approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1984, Paragard is one of the oldest intrauterine devices (IUDs) currently on the market.
Paragard is an innovative device with T-shaped copper wire construction designed to impede fertility by creating an acidic environment for sperm that prevents fertilization. Although Paragard is widely used, recent concerns regarding its safety have arisen.
Reports indicate the device breaking or migrating within the uterus, leading to health complications including pelvic pain, bleeding, and organ perforation requiring surgical intervention and impacting the quality of life for women long into their reproductive lives.
Note that Paragard’s risks have long been known by FDA officials; over the years they have issued warnings and updated safety information as appropriate.
Recent lawsuits filed against Paragard’s manufacturer, Teva Pharmaceuticals, allege that Teva failed to properly warn women about the risks associated with Paragard and knew about defects within it but continued marketing it as a safe product.
If you are experiencing health problems related to Paragard, it is wise to consult a lawyer who is well-versed in this area to help you understand your legal rights and the options available to you, including possibly filing suit against its maker in order to seek damages.
While Paragard is considered safe to use by medical experts, concerns have been voiced over its long-term effectiveness and possible side effects such as Cramping of fingers. Some potential adverse events of Paragard include:
Installation of Paragard can cause mild to severe cramping of the lower abdomen that lasts several days to weeks post-insertion.
One of the more serious side effects associated with Paragard is an increased risk of infection for women taking it; women using it face an elevated chance of contracting infections that could potentially have serious repercussions for their health if left untreated.
Paragard can lead to inflammation of the uterus, leading to pain, cramping, and discomfort for women taking it. Furthermore, inflammation damages the uterine lining which could make pregnancy harder in some instances and ultimately prove fatal for others.
Paragard’s side effects can sometimes result in even more serious health issues such as:
Paragard does not protect against ectopic pregnancies, in which fertilized eggs implant outside of the uterus and require medical intervention quickly for life-threatening outcomes.
Over time, Paragard can migrate outside its original placement within the uterus causing additional harm by damaging organs and tissues along its route of migration.
Perforations can occur if an embryo implants outside the uterine wall in its entirety requiring emergency attention immediately. Paragard may cause severe abdominal pain and bleeding as it perforates through its original location in the uterus and migrates elsewhere within the body, damaging organs and other tissues in its path.
Note that while these side effects of Paragard are rare, they can still be very serious, and should you experience any of them after taking it, seek medical assistance immediately as well as consult an attorney about legal options.
Filing a Paragard Lawsuit
Filing a lawsuit against Paragard may help you receive compensation for damages such as medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Here is the process involved with filing such a suit against them:
Consultation With an Attorney
Your first step should be scheduling an initial consultation with a skilled medical device litigation lawyer who specializes in Paragard litigation.
At this initial appointment, discuss your specific circumstances with the lawyer who will assess whether there may be viable claims against the Paragard manufacturer.
Once it has been determined that your claim has merit, an attorney will begin gathering medical records, reviewing product histories, and speaking to witnesses pertaining to it.
Filing a Lawsuit
Once the investigation is completed, your attorney will file a civil suit on your behalf in the relevant court. The lawsuit should outline your injuries sustained as well as damages sought against those responsible for them.
Once a lawsuit has been filed, discovery begins immediately. Your attorney will use this evidence and information gathered to form the strongest case possible on your behalf.
Negotiation or Trial
Manufacturers often attempt to reach settlement deals to prevent legal battles, so your lawyer will negotiate on your behalf to get you the most advantageous result possible. If no settlement can be achieved the case will proceed to trial and a judge or jury will rule as to its outcome.
Experienced attorneys specializing in medical device litigation are essential allies when navigating through the legal system and protecting your rights.
How to Determine Eligibility in a Paragard Lawsuit
- Have You Followed the Instructions Provided by Your Healthcare Professional? To qualify for a lawsuit regarding Paragard’s manufacturer, its use must have been directed by your healthcare provider.
- Have You Experienced Adverse Side Effects from Paragard? Paragard has been linked with several adverse side effects, including pelvic pain, heavy bleeding, and organ perforation. If these or any other adverse symptoms occurred during use, a lawsuit may be applicable and pursued accordingly.
- Are You Suffering Emotional Distress from Paragard Use? If you have suffered emotional distress or psychological trauma as a result of utilizing Paragard, compensation could be available.
- Have You Required Medical Attention or Surgery Due to Using Paragard? If the side effects of Paragard have necessitated medical treatment or surgery, you could qualify to file a lawsuit.
If any of the criteria apply, it is vital that you consult with an experienced attorney in order to assess if there may be an effective case against the Paragard manufacturer.
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