PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia jury may soon hear evidence that coil-maker Bayer Healthcare refused to warn consumers about the known risks of Essure and used deceptive advertising techniques to promote the product.
A federal judge ruled in late March that five women who claim they were harmed by Essure sterilization coils can go ahead with their lawsuit against Bayer. U.S. District Judge John Padova will allow the plaintiffs to amend five other claims, including negligent manufacturing and physician training, so that they may pass through the legal screening stage as well.
Whether the cases involving the five women ultimately go to trial or are settled, the outcome will be a blueprint for thousands of women who dealt with serious side effects after Essure-related procedures.
After receiving over 5,000 complaints, the Food and Drug Administration recently affixed a “black box” warning to the medical device. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA) also recently introduced a bill in the House of Representatives requiring the Food and Drug Administration to revoke Essure’s premarket approval.
Essure Birth Control Side Effects
The device maker touts this gadget as a safer and less-invasive option to some permanent birth control methods, like tubal ligation (tube tying). The steel coils create scar tissue that essentially closes the Fallopian tubes, and Bayer aggressively markets the device as the only permanent birth control method that does not require a surgical procedure.
But thousands of women are suffering from post-implantation side effects, including:
- Persistent Vomiting and Cramping: Rather understandably, many female bodies have a hard time accepting stainless steel implants inside reproductive organs.
- Fallopian Tube Perforation: One study concluded that perforation is the “most frequent” Essure serious side effect.
- Device Expulsion and Migration: Some reproductive organs completely reject Essure implants, and either eject them or force them to other internal organs.
In many cases, if side effects develop, it is impossible to remove these devices and doctors must perform hysterectomies. Damages in defective medical device cases include both compensatory damages for economic and noneconomic losses, as well as punitive damages.
Our Essure Birth Control Device Lawyers Can Help
Our defective medical device attorneys can help if you or someone you care about was injured during or after an Essure implantation procedure. Lawsuits have been filed against the device makers by both patients and their families seeking compensation for injuries caused by the defective medical device. You may be entitled to a settlement.
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Start Your Essure Birth Control Lawsuit Claim
Our Essure birth control lawyers will help you file your lawsuit. To get started, you can:
- Submit the Free Case Review Box on this page, or
- Call (866) 280-4722 any time of day to tell us about your case.
We will listen to your story and answer your questions. If you have claim, we will start immediately.
WARNING: There are strict time deadlines for filing Essure birth control lawsuit claims.