Matthew J. McCauley, Senior Litigation Counsel at Parker Waichman LLP, co-chairs the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Mirena® IUD Litigation Group.
(PRWEB) February 28, 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 an Arkansas woman who alleges that her Mirena IUD caused substantial injuries. The suit was filed on January 22, 2013 in the Superior Court of New Jersey Law Division, Morris County (Docket No. MRS L-0222-13). Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has been named as Defendants.
According to the Complaint, the Plaintiff received the Mirena IUD in November 2007. She initially appeared to tolerate the procedure well and there was no evidence to suggest that the device had perforated her uterus. At a follow-up exam in August 2008, her IUD was still in place. In January 2011, the Plaintiff went back to her physician and requested that the device be removed as she desired pregnancy. However, her doctor was unable to find the strings and could not remove the IUD. A hysteroscopy was performed but the IUD could still not be located. Finally, a CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis revealed that the IUD was present along the right side of the uterus. The Plaintiff underwent laparoscopic surgery in October 2011 to retrieve the Mirena IUD. The lawsuit alleges that the Plaintiff suffered injuries and damages and are a direct result of the Defendant’s negligence and wrongful conduct. She is suing for severe and permanent physical injuries, substantial pain and suffering, and economic damages.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 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)
A petition has been 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.
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.
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