A petition has been filed to consolidate Mirena IUD lawsuits into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in federal court.
(PRWEB) March 01, 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 Arizona woman who alleges that her Mirena IUD caused substantial injuries, including a uterine perforation that forced her to undergo laparoscopic surgery. The suit was filed on January 31st in the Superior Court of New Jersey Law Division, Morris County (Docket No. MRS L-0312-13). Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has been named as Defendants.
According to the Complaint, the Plaintiff received the Mirena® IUD in August 2008. At first, she appeared to tolerate the procedure well and there was little evidence to suggest that the device had perforated her uterus. Last February, however, her physician was unable to see the strings and the IUD could not be located via ultrasound. A CT scan of the pelvis showed that Mirena was within the posterior cul-de-sac outside of the uterus. The Plaintiff alleges severe and permanent physical injuries, substantial pain and suffering, and economic damages. Furthermore, she alleges that these damages are a direct result of the Defendant’s negligence and wrongful conduct. Allegedly, the Defendants never warned about the risk of spontaneous migration.
The lawsuit points out that this is not the first time Bayer has been accused of misrepresenting Mirena. 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.
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.
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