When people go to their doctor’s office to receive a medical device or when they use a prescription drug, they trust that the device or drug will help them the way it advertised.
They trust that the manufacturer has done their job to make the device as safe as possible and would not put out a poorly-made product. Sometimes, however, that trust is misplaced and people end up injured from defective devices. This has happened to several women who used the ParaGard IUD.
Have You Suffered Harm from the ParaGard IUD?
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According to the Guttmacher Institute, an estimated 3.8 million women rely on IUD devices to prevent pregnancy. This comprises about 6.4 percent of all American women between the ages of 15 and 44. The ones who specifically use the ParaGard IUD should be aware of recent reports of injury and what they should do if this happens to them.
What is a ParaGard IUD?
ParaGard is an IUD made from copper. When working properly, it will provide the woman wearing it with long-term birth control.
The ParaGard IUD is T-shaped and is inserted it into the uterus by a physician. The copper in the device purposely creates an inflammatory reaction which prevents pregnancy. It can be used to prevent pregnancy for up to 10 years.
Many women seek the ParaGard IUD because it is the only copper option in the United States. Since it does not contain hormones, many people prefer it. Without birth control hormones, women do not have to worry about the common hormonal side effects, such as blood clots.
This does not mean, however, that the ParaGard IUD will always be safe. A number of people have faced complications from these devices.
What medical issues have people been facing with the ParaGard IUD?
In some cases, parts of the ParaGard have broken off when removed by the doctor. When this happens, it can cause damage to the uterus. Often, patients require surgery to remove any broken pieces. Sometimes a full hysterectomy is required. These surgeries can cause considerable mental and physical anguish for patients, and the unexpected medical costs can be very burdensome for patients and their families.
Anyone who has encountered issues like this should reach out to us. Our seasoned attorneys have years of experience working with patients injured because of defective medical devices or drugs. We believe strongly in bringing those responsible to justice and fighting for our clients. If this type of injury has occurred to you or someone else you know, reach out and speak to us to learn more about how we can help.
What should someone do if they have been hurt by the ParaGard IUD?
Anyone who has been hurt by ParaGard should speak to an attorney. Injuries like these can be devastating; women can face life-long complications from the injuries caused by ParaGard, including the inability to bear children. Those who have had a hysterectomy will also have to deal with hormonal issues. When someone designs a medical product, they have an obligation to produce a safe product that will not harm patients. When something has not been designed properly and causes this type of grievous, long-term injury, patients have the right to seek compensation. Anyone who has been injured by a Paragard IUD should seek legal counsel. We can help you determine whether you have a legal case and what you can expect from the process. Patients who have been injured by the ParaGard IUD should follow these steps:
Seek medical treatment from a trusted physician and focus on healing and recovery.
Speak with a lawyer. A firm like Pogust Goodhead, with years of experience helping patients injured by defective drugs and medical devices, can help.
Gather any paperwork you have. Document as much as you can, including the dates of your doctor appointments, when the doctor realized the problem, and what needed to be done for your treatment. Your attorney will be able to guide you and find anything else that might be useful, such as physician testimonies.
Although the ParaGard IUD works reliably for many women, some also face life-altering side effects from defective devices. If you have been injured by a ParaGard IUD, you should reach out and speak to us.
We understand how difficult it can be to overcome these injuries and the hardship they can cause sufferers and their loved ones. Our compassionate attention and advice will help you determine whether you have a legal case. If you were injured by a defective medical device, you deserve to have someone representing you who will make sure you get the help you need. Do not delay. We look forward to helping you.