ParaGard IUD Lawsuit: Information Users Should Know

Since 2010, the Food and Drug Administration has received over 1,600 complaints regarding Paragard IUD breakage, with substantial instances deemed serious. These breakages can lead to a number of serious injuries that have life-altering effects. Here, the product liability attorneys at The Law Offices of Peter Angelos discuss the impact of the ParaGard breakages, and how consumers may be entitled to financial compensation. 

What Is a ParaGard IUD?

The Paragard Intrauterine Device (IUD) is a medical product designed to be implanted into a woman’s uterus to prevent pregnancy. This is a long-term but reversible form of contraception. Intrauterine devices are often referred to as a non-hormonal IUD option. The ParaGard device consists of a T-shaped plastic frame with copper wire coiled around it. The device is then inserted into the uterus, and the copper wire creates an inflammatory reaction that is toxic to the sperm and eggs (ova)—preventing pregnancy.

The device was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1984 and marketed four years later. It has since been widely recommended for use. The device is currently the only copper IUD available in the U.S., and unlike other IUDs such as Mirena, Paragard is hormone-free.

Dangers Associated With Paragard

According to a study published by the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Paragard users may experience higher expulsion rates and unwanted pregnancies in comparison to other IUDs. Common injuries associated with the Paragard IUD include:

  • Heavier and longer menstrual periods
  • Bleeding or spotting between periods
  • Stomach pain, cramps, or back pain
  • Severe menstrual pain

Users of copper intrauterine devices like Paragard are more likely to experience expulsion of the device compared to other types of IUDs. Full or partial expulsion could require surgery to remove the entire device, rendering the birth control ineffective. Other dangers associated with Paragard IUD removal include:

  • Device embedded in the uterus
  • Perforation of the uterine wall
  • Movement or migration of the device, leading to organ damage
  • Device breakage during surgery
  • Inflammation and injury from copper left in the body
  • Scarring inside the uterus
  • Possible hysterectomy or uterus removal

Paragard IUD Lawsuits Filed

Several women have begun filing lawsuits seeking compensation for their injuries against the current and former manufacturer, claiming neither company provided adequate warnings about the potential risks involved. 

On September 24th, 2020, a group of plaintiff attorneys filed a petition with the Judicial Panel for Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) to transfer the ParaGard IUD lawsuits to the United States District Court for the Central District of California for pretrial consolidation and coordination. The petition is based on the fact that there are currently 55 lawsuits pending in 29 different judicial districts across the United States, and that a multidistrict litigation (MDL) is relevant due to how similar these cases are. Earlier this month, oral arguments were held over the consolidation of all ParaGard intrauterine device (IUD) lawsuits, following which the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) issued a transfer order this Wednesday, December 16, 2020, confirming centralization in the Northern District of Georgia.

Seek Help With the Team of Baltimore Attorneys at Peter Angelos, P.C.

Medical devices are supposed to be used to aid or prevent adverse reactions from disease or infection. When these devices fail to work properly, such as in the Paragard Intrauterine Device (IUD) case from Teva Women’s Health Inc, consumers may be at risk for serious medical complications. While unfortunate, the severity of these complications may lead to irreversible, long term damage for women. At Peter Angelos, P.C., it is our top priority to ensure that our clients are properly represented and compensated for the negligence of these medical device manufacturers. To discuss your rights with the qualified attorneys at Peter Angelos, P.C., schedule a free consultation today.