Legal Guide

Lawsuit related to side effects of Paragard

When you are hit with unfortunate and harmful side effects of something, especially when the harm affects your quality of health, it can be difficult to handle, especially when it comes to pursuing restitution from the company that was responsible for the harmful effects. When you go through this process, it is an absolute must to have a lawyer who specializes in handling these kinds of cases and lawsuits. Recently, one such medical device that caused such harm — the Paragard intrauterine device (IUD) — has been reported to cause a variety of harms to people who used the IUD. These include infections, potential sterility, uterus puncturing, and having it break apart inside of their body.

What does the Paragard IUD do, and what about it caused harm?

The Paragard IUD is shaped like a T, inserted by a doctor into the uterus in order to prevent pregnancy. The IUD has a copper wrapping that is designed to act as a spermicide. The above-mentioned side effects are the most major ones reported, though the manufacturer notes that these, as well as others, including allergic reactions, anemia, backaches, cramping, fainting, pain during sex, and vaginal discharge. There is also the issue of the IUD failing to stay in. In this case, the person may find themselves completely unaware of this, resulting in the user becoming pregnant, despite thinking that they would have been safe from that happening. Invasive surgery may be required at some point in order to get it out, depending on if it gets stuck and cannot be removed with ease otherwise. In multiple cases of pain relating to the presence of the Paragard IUD, the pain proved to be unbearable.

How can a person harmed by the Paragard IUD seek compensation?

If you feel that you have been harmed by the Paragard IUD, you should get in contact with an attorney right away. The longer you wait to get going on this, the more difficult it may prove to be to get any real compensation or show that they were even damaged by using the Paragard IUD. Not only that, but you may find yourself seeking compensation so late that the statute of limitations has run out, making any such lawsuit unlawful and be thrown out if attempted. Statute of limitations laws will vary from state to state, so it of the utmost importance that a person understand exactly what the laws in their area, so that they will not miss the mark. In Texas, for instance, the statute of limitations for filing suit over defective medical devices like the Paragard IUD is two years to the date of the victim's original injury. The Paragard IUD was originally manufactured by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., but it was purchased in 2017 for $1.1 billion by The Cooper Companies, which present owns and manufactures the medical device.

How much money would a person affected be able to be compensated from a settlement?

The amount of money a person affected by the Paragard IUD could earn is going to depend on how much it has affected them. For example, someone who became sterile from having inserted the Paragard IUD will most likely receive a higher degree of compensation when compared to people who merely was experiencing back aches. Not that back aches are not problematic, but becoming sterile is something that, in most cases, is not able to be undone, at least not quickly or simply anyway. Permanent damage, a form of damage that will affect someone not only physically but mentally and emotionally, is something that cannot be truly compensated financially. This aspect of compensation relates to pain and suffering more so than anything else. The more common costs are easier to determine — for instance, verifiable expenses that one went through as a result of the Paragard IUD can be compensated, if it can be proven that the Paragard IUD was indeed responsible. People participating in a Paragard lawsuit can also file for lost wages, if they can show that the pain or other effects from the Paragard IUD prevented them from going to work. For some, an individual lawsuit may be considered the best avenue to have the lawsuit go successfully, while others may find it preferable to do a class action lawsuit. We will do what we can do ensure that you are able to figure out which one is best for you.

In order to properly assess how much an individual may be able to demand for their damages, the best thing they can do is to contact our attorneys in order to discuss the finer details of a Paragard lawsuit, the details of their harm, as well as whether it would be viable to file suit over the Paragard IUD. You can contact us by phone at (713) 973-8888, where we will offer a complimentary consultation to get you started. You can also fill out our online form if you are more comfortable doing it that way. Terry Bryant wants to ensure that anyone who contacts him and his firm will feel safe and cared for, and reassured that they are putting their lawsuit in the right hands.

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