Paragard IUD Injury Lawsuits

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Paragard claims are being litigated in a special MDL court in the Northern District of Georgia. Women who've suffered the following injuries should inquire:

  • Uterus or cervix perforation
  • Surgical removal of IUD or pieces
  • Infection or inflammation due to IUD
  • Other serious injuries related to the IUD.

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Paragard is a small, T-shaped plastic intrauterine device (IUD) that is implanted in the uterus to prevent pregnancy. Unlike other IUDs, it’s coated with copper instead of the hormone levonorgestrel, making it the only non-hormonal IUD available. 

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Paragard IUDs Linked to Serious Injuries

The manufacturers, Teva Pharmaceutical/Cooper Surgical, claim it can be easily removed with a nonsurgical procedure during a routine office visit. 

However, reports indicate Paragard can break upon removal, causing serious injury and the need for surgery. Patients have reported a number of complications, including:

  • Uterus or cervix perforation
  • Broken IUD pieces lodged in organs
  • Surgery to remove missing IUD pieces
  • Hysterectomy, laparoscopy or laparotomy surgeries
  • Inflammations, allergic reactions or infection from IUD pieces left in the body
  • Broken IUD pieces that cannot be removed.

The FDA’s Adverse Events Reporting System, which tracks patient side effects, shows nearly 3,200 Paragard breakages and over 100 hospitalizations since just 2013. 

Now, lawyers are helping those injured by Paragard file lawsuits since the company failed to warn of the dangers and misled patients about its safety.

Is there a Paragard Class Action Lawsuit?

While there is no single class action lawsuit for Paragard injuries, a federal judicial panel has ruled that those affected may band their individual cases together in a specialized court to seek damages against the manufacturer.

In December 2020, the Judicial Panel for Multidistrict Litigation consolidated all federal Paragard cases to MDL 2974 (IN RE: Paragard IUD Products Liability Litigation) in the Northern District of Georgia under U.S. District Judge Leigh Martin May. Currently, there are over 200 cases pending in this court. 

This form of venue, called a multidistrict litigation court (MDL), is actually more beneficial for consumers than a class action lawsuit. In a class action lawsuit, one group of lawyers often gathers together class participants who must share whatever is awarded. However, the individual participants in a MDL are able to select their own lawyer, exercise more control over their case and whether it settles, and reap higher award amounts for their separate lawsuit.

The latest news from this Paragard MDL is that the Court has instructed lawyers to select bellwether test cases for trial. These cases will establish values moving forward and put pressure on the manufacturer to settle. 

DrugNews works only with lawyers that have been selected for the influential Paragard MDL Plaintiff Steering Committee.

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Timeline of Paragard Lawsuits

Latest Information on Paragard IUD Litigation

Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation reports 202 pending lawsuits in the Paragard MDL.
Judge May signs order selecting lead counsel for Paragard litigation.
Paragard lawsuits are consolidated to MDL 2974 IN RE: Paragard IUD Products Liability Litigation in Northern District GA under US District Judge Leigh Martin May.
Bayer faces similar litigation over its Mirena IUD, eventually paying over $12 million to settle injury claims.
Nebraska resident Stephanie Ideus becomes one of the first to file a lawsuit against Teva Pharmaceuticals & Cooper Surgical after her Paragard IUD broke, leaving her uterus injured and requiring surgery.
Paragard is first released for sale.
The FDA approves Paragard for use as an IUD contraceptive.

Is There a Paragard Recall?

So far, Teva Pharmaceuticals has not issued a recall of the Paragard IUD for breakage issues and the device is still on the market.

In April 2014, the company recalled two lots of Paragard devices due to concerns over whether they were sterile, but did not address the growing number of FDA reports about breakage or organ perforation. 

Fortunately, courts have ruled that those injured by Paragard may file claims for their damages. Lawsuits allege the device has design defects, and the manufacturer failed to properly warn of the dangers of serious injury and need for surgery from breakage. 

Consumer advocates hope the increased publicity over Paragard dangers will help minimize injury to future IUD patients.

Choosing a Paragard Lawyer

If you or a loved one have suffered a broken Paragard IUD resulting in migration, tissue perforation or needing surgery, it’s important to have your case examined by a legal expert to see if you have the right to recover damages.

Our qualified medical device injury lawyers will fully investigate your case, reviewing medical records, safety warnings and recent studies that your doctor may not normally discuss.

Most states allow you several years to file a lawsuit after you suffer an injury or discover it may be linked to a dangerous product. However, you should begin the process as early as possible to make sure your lawyer has time to get necessary records and prepare your case.  

DrugNews works only with attorneys and law firms that have successfully handled tens of thousands of lawsuits involving injury or death from drugs and medical devices. And, we can connect you directly to a lawyer or patient advocate today, so you’ll be able to decide if you want to proceed.  

We make it easy to get help, find out if you qualify, and quickly file a claim. Our service is offered at no cost to you, and you won’t pay anything to your attorney unless you receive an award. Also, our qualified lawyers can handle most aspects of your case without you ever having to leave your home.  

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