December 5, 2012 – Last month, a product liability lawsuit was filed on behalf of a Florida woman who allegedly suffered a severe injury after being implanted with Bayer’s controversial Mirena intrauterine device (IUD). According to the claim, the plaintiff’s IUD became misplaced after migrating from the implant site and punching a hole in her uterus, resulting in the need for emergency corrective surgery to remove the device. Despite being marketed as a revolutionary advance in birth control technology, Mirena has repeatedly been linked to debilitating injuries and adverse health complications since being approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000.
Mirena Lawsuit Update 1/18/13: As the number of lawsuits filed over Bayer’s controversial Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) continues to grow, a motion has been filed to consolidate all such cases filed on the federal level before one judge as part of a multidistrict litigation (MDL). To date, Bayer faces at least eight federal Mirena lawsuits, all of which were filed on behalf of women who allegedly suffered complications such as perforation of the uterus, device migration, pain and infections, as well as other side effects after being implanted with the IUD. Click here to learn more.
Free Mirena Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered uterine perforation after being implanted with the Mirena IUD, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of Mirena and we can help.
What’s the problem?
The complaint, which was filed on behalf of Betsy Landers in New Jersey Superior Court in Morris County, alleges that the plaintiff was implanted with a Mirena IUD in 2008, and subsequently began experiencing severe pelvic pain in July 2010. Landers’ doctor was unable to locate the strings of the device, which are supposed to provide an easy method of removal.
Doctors then tried unsuccessfully to locate the IUD via ultrasound, forcing Landers to undergo laproscopic surgery to remove the device in December 2010. It was later found that Mirena had perforated her uterus, resulting in severe pain and permanent complications.
Manufactured and marketed by Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Mirena is a small, t-shaped contraceptive device that was initially promoted as a ‘hassle-free’ form of birth control. Mirena is designed to be implanted directly into the uterus, and is intended to remain in place for up to five years to prevent pregnancy. The device releases a continuous low-dose of levonorgestrel, a third-generation synthetic progestin designed to keep the recipient’s ovaries from releasing eggs for fertilization.
Although Bayer advertised Mirena as a safe and hassle-free way for women to stay protected against pregnancy without having to worry about missing a dose, a growing number of patients around the country have reported suffering severe side effects after being implanted with the IUD. Many recipients have experienced device migration, when Mirena moves from the implant site, which can lead to organ perforation, infections, abscesses, and other adverse health complications.
Landers’ Mirena lawsuit is the latest to join a growing number of similar claims filed in courthouses around the country, the vast majority of which are pending in New Jersey state court, which is where Bayer is headquartered in the U.S. This summer, the company filed a petition requesting that all Mirena lawsuits be consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) for pretrial handling. At the time the request was filed, there were at least 16 complaints pending in New Jersey state court, but Bayer indicated that it expected the number of claims to increase dramatically in the near future.
Do I Have a Mirena 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 Mirena lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Mirena perforation of the uterus cases in all 50 states.
Free Mirena Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered uterine perforation after being implanted with the Mirena IUD,, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Mirena suit and we can help.