Mirena IUD Injury Lawsuits
Written by AskTheLawyers.com™ on behalf of Brandon L. Beagley with Sloan Firm.
Intrauterine devices (IUDs) like Mirena, Skyla, Liletta, Paragard, and Kyleena have increased in popularity over the last several years. However, with the increase in popularity of these contraceptive devices has come an increased number of lawsuits regarding complications allegedly caused by these products. Bayer Pharmaceuticals’s Mirena IUD has faced recent lawsuits regarding pseudotumor cerebri, also referred to as “false brain tumors”, and organ perforation, a risk often associated with IUDs that can have serious ramifications for a woman’s future health and fertility.
If you have experienced these or other injuries as a result of the Mirena or another IUD, reach out to a product liability attorney to discuss your options for recovery.
Mirena is one of several hormone-based IUDs.
IUDs are T-shaped devices made out of flexible plastic which, after being inserted into the uterus, provide birth control. Most IUDs are hormone-based contraceptives, with the exception of Paragard which relies on the inflammatory reaction between copper and sperm/eggs to provide birth control. Hormone-based IUDs release small amounts of progestin over time to prevent pregnancy and are effective for 3-5 years depending on the IUD. The Mirena IUD is designed to prevent pregnancy for up to 5 years after insertion.
There are currently two main injuries associated with Mirena IUD lawsuits:
- Pseudotumor cerebri: This is a condition in which pressure on the brain increases, causing headaches, blurred vision, and other symptoms associated with brain tumors. This condition is also referred to as idiopathic intracranial hypertension. Pseudotumor cerebri actually means “false brain tumor”, and is named such for the similarity of the symptoms. While pseudotumor cerebri does not always cause long-term consequences, it can cause periods of blindness and over time can result in permanent vision loss. This condition is thought to occur when the hormone inside Mirena, levonorgestrel, results in an abnormal elevation of cerebrospinal fluid in the skull, increasing pressure on the brain and resulting in the pseudotumor cerebri.
- Organ perforation/IUD migration: Unlike the false brain tumors discussed above, organ perforation and migration of the IUD are not related to the hormones in the device, but rather the physical design of the device. When an IUD perforates the wall of the uterus, it can affect not only a woman’s long-term fertility, but can allow the IUD to migrate outside of the uterus and cause damage, perforation, and scarring to other internal organs as well. In this situation, surgery may be required to remove the device, and damage to the woman’s affected organs and ability to become pregnant can be permanent. While this particular risk is associated with IUDs in general, victims in the Mirena lawsuits allege that Bayer did not adequately inform them of this risk before they agreed to the insertion of the device.
The claims surrounding these injuries are built heavily upon the allegation that Bayer Pharmaceuticals did not inform patients of the possibility of pseudotumor cerebri and organ perforation/IUD migration. Lawsuits regarding these two injuries are being handled separately, as not all women who experience one also experience the other.
The effects of an IUD injury can be far-reaching.
Unfortunately, when pseudotumor cerebri is left untreated, over time it can result in permanent vision loss, not to mention debilitating headaches, blurred vision, and periods of blindness in the meantime. Organ perforation and IUD migration can cause internal complications, in addition to scarring of the uterus and potential infertility. Considering the severity of these conditions, it’s not surprising that the women filing these lawsuits are currently seeking damages for past/present/future medical bills and lost wages, in addition to pain and suffering.
If you have been injured by an IUD, talk to an attorney.
If you have suffered from pseudotumor cerebri, organ perforation, IUD migration, or another condition you believe may be related to a Mirena or alternate IUD, reach out to a product liability attorney to discuss your options for recovery. It is important to talk to an attorney as soon as possible; after a certain window of time referred to as the statute of limitations has passed, you may no longer be eligible to make a recovery.
The statute of limitations for product liability cases can vary from state to state, so it’s important to research the law in your area. For example, the statute of limitations for product liability cases in Texas is generally two years from when the victim became aware of their injury.
An experienced product liability attorney can help assess your case and begin an investigation into the cause of your injuries to determine who should be held responsible. These attorneys offer free consultations and work on a contingency fee basis, allowing injured parties to focus on healing and recovery without worrying about finances. To learn more about the Mirena IUD lawsuits or to file your own, reach out to a product liability attorney as soon as possible.