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Injured by IUD Removal? Call (888) 398-2277 Now!

Have you or a loved one experienced complications following the removal of a Paragard® copper IUD? You may be able to join others currently taking legal action against the device’s manufacturer, Teva Pharmaceuticals. Bertram & Graf, L.L.C. is a Missouri law firm with an extensive background in successfully handling defective medical product claims. If you believe you may have a claim against Teva Pharmaceuticals, our Kansas City Paragard lawyers are standing by to help.

Call (888) 398-2277 to learn more during a free, no-risk consultation.

What Problems Are Associated with Paragard?

Paragard® is a copper IUD (intrauterine device) prescribed to women as a form of birth control. As it is the only non-hormonal IUD available in the United States, many people prefer it over hormonal IUDs and other contraceptives. While it has been safely used by many women since its release in the 1980s, recent incidences have shed a light on an uncommon but serious problem with the device.

In 2016, a Nebraska woman named Stephanie Ideus filed a lawsuit against Teva Pharmaceuticals because she had to get her Paragard IUD surgically taken out after the device broke and imbedded in her uterus during removal. Other women have since come forward with similar complaints. These women are claiming the manufacturer failed to warn about the potential breakage and are now filing lawsuits against Teva Pharmaceuticals, one of the manufacturers of the device.

Paragard Side Effects

The Paragard IUD has been FDA approved and is still considered to be generally safe for use. However, like most forms of birth control, Paragard is not without its side effects. While most of those listed below are normal, we do suggest seeing a doctor if you experience side effects for an extended period or that are extremely painful. Common side effects of Paragard listed on the IUD’s prescribing information includes:

  • Anemia
  • Backaches
  • Complete or partial expulsion of the IUD
  • Cramps
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Dyspareunia
  • Pain
  • Prolonged menstrual flow
  • Spotting
  • Vaginitis

Some rare side effects with more serious consequences may include:

  • Changes in one’s menstrual cycle
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Embedment of the IUD into internal organs
  • Expulsion of the device
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Perforation of the cervix or uterine wall during insertion
  • Sepsis

If you experience one of the side effects in the latter list above, see a doctor. However, understand that a lawyer will probably not be able to help unless you experience complications associated with IUD removal. Keep reading for more details.

When to Take Legal Action

So, how do you know when you have the right to sue? The investigation into the severity of Paragard’s defects is still under investigation, but here is what we know so far. The defective IUD multiple women have had issues with is the Paragard T 380A, manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals. The people who have already filed lawsuits (the plaintiffs) against Teva (the defendant) claim that the company failed to warn users of the contraceptive’s defects and to instruct doctors how to properly remove the IUD without causing breakage. To join the lawsuit, potential plaintiffs must have been required to have surgery following the failed removal of their Paragard T 380A. If you had to undergo one of the following procedures following a Paragard IUD removal, you may have a case:

  • Caesarian section
  • Hysterectomy
  • Hysteroscopy
  • Other exploratory surgery

Potential plaintiffs may also include women who still have fractured IUD pieces inside of them following the failed removal of a Paragard T 380A. Pieces of a Paragard IUD stuck inside the body may lead to further complications, such as:

  • Severe menstrual pain and cramps
  • Heavy bleeding and spotting
  • Infection
  • Inflammation (pelvic inflammatory disease)
  • Organ damage
  • Infertility

Get Started on Your Case Today

Mass torts such as this must be filed within a certain window of time, so reach out to an experienced Paragard lawsuit attorney immediately if you believe you may be eligible to join the lawsuit. An attorney will hear your situation, inform you of your rights, and help you figure out what to do next. If you would like to speak with one of our qualified attorneys here at Bertram & Graf, L.L.C., we are happy to answer all your questions during a case evaluation free of charge. Just give us a call when you’re ready.

Dial (888) 398-2277 or reach our to our firm using this online contact form to schedule your free consultation today.