The Paragard intrauterine device (IUD) is marketed by its manufacturers as a non-hormonal long-term birth control method. The device is a T-shaped plastic frame that is inserted into the uterus. A copper wire coiled around the device produces an inflammatory reaction that is toxic to sperm and eggs, which is how it prevents pregnancy. The manufacturer recommends the device be removed no later than 10 years after it is implanted.
Paragard lawsuits allege that the device is defective because the Paragard IUD is prone to breaking apart, with pieces becoming embedded in the uterine cavity. Specifically, plaintiffs filing these lawsuits allege that the manufacturers:
- Made a defective contraceptive device; and
- Failed to warn the patients and physicians about the substantial risk of the device breaking apart upon removal (sometimes called an “explant”), contradicting the manufacturer’s claims that the device is simple to remove.
If you had a Paragard IUD implanted, and later the device fractured when your doctor attempted to remove it, you might have a legal claim against the manufacturers. Sometimes a piece of the device becomes embedded in the uterus or cervix, requiring invasive procedures to locate and retrieve the missing piece.
Johnson Law Group represents Paragard IUD victims in the United States. We help women injured by the product’s defects bring legal actions against the manufacturers to recover financial compensation for their injuries, including:
- Medical bills
- Lost earnings
- Pain and suffering
The timeframe to file a lawsuit is as short as 1 or 2 years in some states, so if you think you might have a claim you should consult with an attorney as soon as possible.