January 2, 2013 – In what appears to be the latest in a wave of similar litigation, a Kentucky couple has filed a product liability lawsuit against pharmaceutical giant Bayer alleging problems with its popular Mirena intrauterine device (IUD). The complaint, which was filed last month in the Western District of Kentucky, claims that Mirena’s design is inherently flawed, and that the IUD migrated away from the implant site, resulting in serious injuries to the plaintiff. A large number of similar complaints have been filed against Bayer in recent months, most of which claim that the company was negligent in designing Mirena, and for failing to warn about the risk of debilitating injuries that may be caused by using the device.
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?
According to allegations raised in the new lawsuit, plaintiff Kara Sweet was implanted with the Mirena IUD in December 2010, and began experiencing severe abdominal pain and cramps just over a year later. An ultrasound examination revealed that the device had migrated from the implant site, and become lodged between her uterus and rectum. As a result, Sweet required emergency surgical intervention to remove the IUD, which was found near the right posterior portion of the cul-de-sac, next to the broad ligament.
Manufactured and marketed by German pharmaceutical giant Bayer, Mirena is a small, t-shaped contraceptive device designed to protect against pregnancy for up to five years. It was granted approval by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000, and has been promoted by Bayer as a hassle-free form of birth control for on-the-go women. However, despite its considerable effectiveness as a contraceptive device, Mirena has been increasingly linked to a large number of serious side effects, which have been reported to include:
- Device migration
- Perforation of the uterus
- Embedment in the uterine lining
- Erosion of adjacent areas such as the vagina
- Inflammation of the membrane that lines the abdominal cavity and internal organs (Peritonitis)
- Intestinal perforations or obstruction
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
- Ovarian cysts
- Irregular spotting or bleeding
- Painful menstruation
- Pelvic pain
- Breast tenderness
- Streptococcal sepsis
- Ectopic Pregnancy
- Intrauterine pregnancy
- Wrongful death
Earlier this year, Bayer issued a request to centralize all Mirena lawsuits filed in New Jersey state court, which is where the company’s U.S. headquarters are located. At the time the motion was filed, there were at least 16 such claims pending in courthouses throughout the state; however, Bayer indicated that it expected the number to rise considerably in the near future, as Mirena lawyers continue to review and file additional complaints.
Sweet’s Mirena lawsuit accuses Bayer of defective manufacturing and design, failure to warn, strict liability, breach of warranty, negligent misrepresentation, and fraud. Her husband Brandon is also suing the company for loss of consortium. The claim seeks both compensatory and punitive damages.
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 uterine perforation 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 perforation of the uterus suit and we can help.