Deciding to have children is a major decision, with a variety of factors that need to be considered. While you may want a family someday, there are numerous contraceptive options available to help prevent getting pregnant until the time is right for both you and your partner. Unfortunately, some of the devices currently available on the market could be health threatening, while putting your future ability to have children in jeopardy. Medical malpractice lawsuits can help those who have been injured by dangerous medical aids and devices to obtain compensation for the damages they have suffered. Recent headlines indicate the California courts may have opened the door to a new batch of lawsuits against birth control manufacturers, on behalf of women who were exposed to serious and potentially long term adverse effects as the result of using these products.
Essure Contraceptive Device
According to an August 2016 report from Modern Healthcare, a California state court recently ruled that close to a dozen lawsuits filed by women who had been using the contraceptive implant Essure could proceed with lawsuits against the product’s parent company, Bayer, Inc. The lawsuits are based on claims from over 200 women in California alone who state the device resulted in severe pain, swelling, and in some cases, injuries to internal organs that required extensive medical care while threatening the victim’s ability to have children in the future.
Essure is made of a nickel coil meant to block fertilization, Inserted into the fallopian tubes, it acts as a form of temporary sterilization, and an estimated 900,000 women throughout the United States currently rely on the device as their primary means of birth control. In response to consumer concerns and extensive studies conducted on patients implanted with the device, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now requiring the manufacturers of Essure to include a black box warning on the package, information patients of the potential health risks the product could pose.
Other Contraceptive Devices Could Endanger Your Health
While Essure is the latest contraceptive device to face legal issues over health concerns, other products on the market have also faced scrutiny due to the potential damages they can result in for patients. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Office on Women’s Health, other health risks posed by contraceptive devices include the following:
- Depo Provera: Given by injection, Depo Provera has shown to cause an increased risk of osteoporosis or even breast cancer in some patients;
- Implanon: An implantable rod that prevent fertilization, Implanon has been shown to carry an increased risk for ovarian cysts, as well as severe depression which could result in suicidal tendencies;
- Mirena: This intrauterine device (IUD), has been shown to put users at increased risks for developing uterine tears and pelvic inflammatory disease, as well as resulting in permanent infertility.
Contact an Experienced Florida Medical Malpractice Claim Attorney
If you or someone you care about has suffered injuries or complications as the result of a dangerous or defective medical device, such as Essure or another type of contraceptive, contact Hogan Frick today. Our experienced medical malpractice attorneys understand the impacts these types of injuries can have on victims, and can advise you on how to get compensation for the damages you suffered. Serving the Orlando, Gainesville, Ocala, Kissimmee, and Lakeland areas, call or contact us online today for a free consultation.