New York, New York (PRWEB) July 05, 2013
Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of victims injured by defective drugs and medical devices, has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Colorado woman who alleges that Bayer’s Mirena IUD contraceptive is to blame for her injuries. The suit was filed on June 3, 2013 in the Superior Court of New Jersey Law Division, Morris County (Case No. BER L-04044-13). Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals was named as Defendant.
According to the Complaint, the Plaintiff was implanted with the Mirena IUD in July 2010. At that time, there was no reason to suspect that the IUD had perforated her uterus. The lawsuit points out that Bayer’s warning label only mentions the risk of spontaneous migration happening after the device is first placed in the uterus. In June 2011, the Plaintiff went to her doctor’s office complaining of pain. That same month, she underwent a hysteroscopy with laparoscopy for IUD removal. The doctors found that Mirena had perforated the woman’s peritoneum. The lawsuit is seeking compensation for severe and permanent physical injuries, substantial pain and suffering, and economic loss due to medical expenses and lost wages. The lawsuit alleges that Bayer knew that the Mirena IUD was defective but failed to warn of the risks.
The lawsuit alleges that Bayer has a history of misrepresenting Mirena. In 2009, the company was contacted by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Drug Marketing, Advertising, and Communications (DDMAC) for making unsubstantiated claims about the device while failing to mention its risks in the company’s “Simple Style” program. The department criticized the company for a number of statements, including the assertion that Mirena helps women “look and feel great.”
Bayer’s Mirena IUD is designed to prevent pregnancy for up to five years. It is a small, plastic device that is attached to two strings. Once placed inside the uterus by a healthcare professional, it releases the hormone levonorgestrel. According to an October 2009 U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) press release, the most serious side effects associated with the Mirena IUD include:
- Perforation of the uterine wall
- Embedment of the device in the uterine wall
- Intrauterine pregnancy
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Group A streptococcal sepsis
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
Recently, the Supreme Court of New Jersey reconsidered its previous decision and has moved to centralize Mirena IUD lawsuits in Bergen County, where Superior Court Judge Brian R. Martinotti will manage them.
Partner Raymond C. Silverman has been appointed Co-Lead Counsel in the Mirena IUD multicounty litigation centralized in Bergen County, New Jersey. In addition, Matthew J. McCauley, Senior Litigation Counsel at Parker Waichman LLP, was previously appointed Co-Lead Counsel in in the Mirena IUD multidistrict litigation in New York. Mr. McCauley also co-chairs the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Mirena IUD Litigation Group. The Group is actively involved in exchanging educational materials and medical literature in order to best represent victims.
Parker Waichman LLP continues to offer free lawsuit consultations to victims of Mirena IUD birth control. If you or a loved one experienced complications following the use of this device, please visit the firm's Mirena IUD Side Effects page at yourlawyer.com. Free case evaluations are also available by calling 1 800 LAW INFO (1-800-529-4636).
Parker Waichman LLP
Gary P. Falkowitz, Managing Attorney