WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — The first Mirena IUD bellwether trial is set for early 2016 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
The Mirena multidistrict litigation is a centralized action of more than 600 Mirena intrauterine device cases. Twelve cases have been tentatively scheduled for a March 2016 bellwether trial date. A bellwether trial acts as a first test for a large number of cases, such as those filed by Mirena IUD victims. The bellwether trial serves as a way to get a feel for how juries may or may not react to the case. It also allows for evidence to be shared amongst the other MDL cases and helps create a more streamlined process for hearing hundreds of substantially similar cases.
The existence of the Mirena MDL does not prevent injured patients from filing in other state or federal court, but it can help inform lawsuits in other courts filed by similar plaintiffs.
Dangers of the Mirena IUD
The Mirena IUD is a hormonal intrauterine contraceptive device manufactured by Bayer. The t-shaped plastic device is inserted into uterus and releases levonorgestrel, a birth control hormone. It is meant to be a long-term form of contraception that lasts approximately five years. It was approved by the FDA in 2000 and is one of two hormonal IUDs approved for use in the United States.
Mirena has been heavily marketed towards teens, young moms, and busy women because of its “set it and forget it” mentality. It is estimated that 8.5% of women in the U.S. use an IUD.
While Mirena has been found to be highly effective in preventing pregnancies, it can lead to dangerous health complications. The most dangerous side effect is caused by Mirena’s ability to move out of place and elsewhere in the uterus. This can cause a series of problems. The most serious is its ability to pierce through the uterus and damage neighboring organs, tissues, and blood vessels. This can cause scarring, bleeding, and even impede the organs’ ability to function. In order to repair this, an x-ray or ultrasound is needed to find the IUD and then surgery is needed to remove the device or repair the damage.
Another serious side effect of Mirena is ectopic pregnancy or pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Both can lead to infertility because they damage the fallopian tubes. The device can also cause pain, abnormal bleeding, migraines, difficulty having sex, nausea, and cysts. There is also the belief in the medical community that Mirena may cause breast or cervical cancer.
Our Mirena IUD Lawyers Can Help
Our dangerous device attorneys can help if you or someone you care about was harmed by the Mirena IUD implant. Lawsuits have been filed against the device makers by both patients and their families seeking compensation for injuries caused by the dangerous device. You may be entitled to a settlement. We do not charge any legal fees unless you receive a settlement and we pay all of the case costs. If your claim is not successful for any reason, you do not owe us anything. We put it all in writing for you. Our lawyers will help you file your lawsuit.
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