Mirena Lawsuits – Class Action.org Alert
Women who experienced certain side effects after being fitted with a Mirena intrauterine contraceptive device (IUD) may have legal recourse. A number of women have reported that that Mirena IUDs may move from their original position following insertion, leading to a host of complications including infection and organ damage. Several of these women have taken legal action and are actively pursuing compensation for their injuries through Mirena lawsuits.
Did you suffer these side effects after being fitted with Mirena? If so, you may be able to file a claim against Bayer in light of claims that the pharmaceutical company left many unaware of Mirena's side effects and risks. To find out if you can seek compensation for medical bills and other damages resulting from your Mirena side effects, fill out our free case review form today
Mirena Organ Perforation, Embedded in Uterus
It has been alleged that Mirena can perforate the uterus, embed itself in the uterus or migrate outside the uterine cavity. In cases where Mirena punctures the uterine wall, the device can travel to the abdominal cavity, leading to bladder or intestinal perforation, adhesions, organ damage and internal scarring.
According to reports, some instances of uterine perforation with Mirena were not detected during the initial insertion or shortly thereafter. Often difficult to diagnose, uterine perforation may not present any symptoms. In other cases, the visible strings attached to the Mirena device may disappear, and the patient may suffer from abdominal or pelvic pain. Approximately 2 in 1000 women fitted with Mirena and similar IUDs have reported uterine perforation.
It has been alleged that some women may be more susceptible to uterine perforation. According to reports, women who are lactating, have had an abortion, are in the post-partum period or have an atypical anatomy of their uterus may be more at risk for perforation. Additionally, women who have undergone a C-section or other cervical surgeries may have a greater risk as their cervix may have been injured, resulting in scar tissue and weakened cervical tissues.
What is the Status of the Mirena Lawsuits?
A number of lawsuits have been filed in several states against Bayer, which is seeking that the cases be consolidated to New Jersey where the pharmaceutical company is headquartered. Consolidation of the lawsuits would allow the cases to be resolved more consistently and efficiently, but would not create a class action. When cases are consolidated, they are handled by one judge who handles all pre-trial matters; this saves both time and money and helps ensure the cases are resolved both consistently and efficiently. To be consolidated, the cases must share similar allegations. Class actions, on the other hand, are typically filed by an individual who is suing on behalf of himself, as well as those in similar situations. Each individual in consolidated motions retain their right to go to trial, where as those included in a class action can only do so if they "opt-out" of the suit and proceed on their own. This is rarely done because damages suffered by individual class members in a class action lawsuit are typically too minor to warrant a separate, individual action.
Mirena Problems: Were Women Misled?
The filed Mirena lawsuits are alleging that the device lead to serious injuries, including perforation, infection and hemorrhaging. It has been alleged that women were not fully informed of these risks and were misled about the effectiveness and benefits of the IUD. Mirena was marketed to "busy moms" through a direct marketing tactic which Bayer referred to as "Mirena Parties." These "parties" were held at a consumer’s home or private establishment by a nurse and a representative from the social networking website which was working with Bayer. The nurse would read from a script which indicated that Mirena could help women "look and feel great" and reconnect with their partners, as well as increase intimacy.
The FDA sent a warning letter to Bayer stating that the script was misleading and overstated the efficacy of the IUD. The agency also said that the script minimized the risk of Mirena and falsely stated that the IUD required "no daily, weekly or monthly routine." Some claim that the misleading information presented at these parties led some women to choose the IUD for its alleged "convenience."
Compensation for Mirena Perforation Victims
Women whose Mirena IUD has embedded itself in the uterus or perforated the uterus will need to have the device surgically removed. Depending on the damage caused by the perforation, the patient may also need a complete hysterectomy. As a result of the perforation and its complications, it has been alleged that these women have suffered from significant pain and incurred costly medical bills for surgical procedures and other treatments.
Potentially, Mirena users who experienced organ perforation and related complications may be able to make a claim against the IUD’s manufacturer to seek compensation for these and other losses. For more information on your eligibility for legal action, please complete this form for a free case evaluation. There is no cost or obligation associated with this consultation.