(PRWEB) January 30, 2013
Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of victims injured by defective medical devices, has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Minnesota woman who suffered severe complications, including an ectopic pregnancy, allegedly due to using the Mirena® IUD. The suit was filed on January 4th in the Superior Court of New Jersey Law Division, Morris County (Case No. MRS L-0060-13). Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has been named as the Defendant.
According to the Complaint, the Plaintiff received the Mirena® IUD in April 2006. At first, she appeared to tolerate the procedure well and there was no evidence to suggest that the device had perforated her uterus. By January 2009, however, her physician was unable to see the strings connected to the IUD. A real-time sonography of the pelvis was performed, showing that the Mirena® IUD had partially perforated through her uterus on the right side. The scan also revealed an ectopic pregnancy, which appeared as a mass-like lesion next to the right ovary. The Plaintiff underwent laparoscopic surgery to retrieve the perforated IUD and a right salpingectomy to remove the ectopic pregnancy.
The lawsuit alleges that the Plaintiff’s injuries and damages are a direct result of the Defendant’s negligence and wrongful conduct. She is alleging severe and permanent physical injuries, substantial pain and suffering and economic loss.
The suit also notes that this is not the first time Bayer has been accused of misrepresenting the Mirena® device. In 2009, Bayer 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.
An ectopic pregnancy is a life-threatening condition in which a pregnancy forms somewhere outside of the womb. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has stated that it is one of the most serious side effects associated with the Mirena® IUD, along with:
Recently, a petition was filed to consolidate Mirena® IUD lawsuits into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in federal court. Plaintiffs’ attorneys requested that the cases be centralized in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, before the Honorable Patricia A. Gaughan (In Re: Mirena IUD Product Liability Litigation, Case No. 1:12-CV-2780).
Matthew J. McCauley, Senior Litigation Counsel at Parker Waichman LLP, 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 as 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