A woman from Winston-Salem, North Carolina has filed a lawsuit against Bayer HealthCare over harmful side effects she allegedly suffered after being implanted with the Essure birth control device.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one was injured by Essure birth control, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
Update: Illinois Woman Alleges Complications From Essure Implant
August 1, 2016 – A woman from Edwardsville, Illinois, who received the Essure birth control device is one of at least 89 women across the country to file a lawsuit against Bayer alleging serious side effects including pain, bleeding, unwanted pregnancy and other complications. The complaint alleges that Essure is made of stainless steel which may become more reactive with oxygen, causing rust, and that other metals in the contraceptive could cause irritation and toxicity. The suit further claims the device includes a type of plastic which is not compatible with implantation.
What’s the problem?
In 2010, 34-year-old Monica O’Neal was done having children and wanted to have her tubes tied. But her doctor told her that Essure, a non-surgical procedure in which tiny metal coils are placed inside the fallopian tubes to block conception, was the perfect alternative. Unfortunately, what she was got was more pain than she could have imagined.
“I woke up in excruciating pain and I can remember feeling like, I’m having a baby,” O’Neal said. “I’m cramping extremely bad. I’m hunched over. Each time I tried to stand up, it hurt more.”
Since Essure was approved in 2002, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has received over 5,000 adverse event reports associated with the contraceptive. Side effects linked to Essure include extreme back and pelvic pain, bleeding, organ perforation, migration of the device, ectopic / unwanted pregnancy and miscarriage.
However, despite these problems, Essure has not been recalled and continues to be implanted in unsuspecting women around the country.
“There’s women who suffer from the same complaint,” O’Neal said. “I’m thinking well it’s not just me then, this really needs to come off the market.”
According to Bayer, about 900,000 women in the U.S. have undergone the Essure procedure and most are fine. But for the thousands of others who’ve reported serious side effects, you might wonder why they haven’t filed lawsuits. That’s because of a special preemption status Essure received when the FDA approved it in 2002. Plaintiffs can’t sue Bayer for the device, but they can sue for failing to warn about its potential health risks.
North Carolina Moms Take on Essure: CBS News Video
Do I Have an Essure Lawsuit?
The Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Essure lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you suffered complications after undergoing the Essure birth control procedure, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a class action suit and our lawyers can help.