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Paragard IUD Attorney

paragard iud attorneyParaGard is an intrauterine device (IUD) that can be used as a form of long-term birth control and is made by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries. The IUD is shaped like a T and made of copper and plastic. It is implanted into the uterus and produces an inflammatory reaction that is toxic to both sperm and eggs. According to the Mayo Clinic, ParaGard can prevent pregnancy up to 10 years after insertion. This makes it an attractive option for women of all ages. But many women have also been injured by their ParaGard IUD. 

In particular, a number of women have reported that their ParaGard IUD device fractured during removal. If you have experienced any of the following complications you may be entitled to compensation. You may have been injured if the device broke in your uterus. You may have been injured by the device migrating to an unintended location. You may have been injured from surgical complications from removing the device. Women have also reported developing ectopic pregnancies. The defective medical device attorneys at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. are here for you. They can evaluate your case free of cost and let you know if you have a legal claim that can be pursued. You can contact us anytime at (516) 908-9792.

How Can The ParaGard IUD Break? 

ParaGard IUDs can be tricky to safely remove. A woman must go to see her doctor and get an explant procedure. Doctors must gently pull the monofilament threads that hang down the cervix and into the vagina. The two arms of the device are flexible and supposed to bend upwards. But the plastic used to create the IUD can become brittle over time and bend in ways that it was never designed to. Surgery is not the only time when the IUD device can break. There are reports of the device breaking on its own leaving sharp pieces of plastic and metal in the cervix.

Retrieval of the broken pieces may require doctors to perform secondary surgeries. Doctors can go into the cervix through a hysteroscopy. But in many circumstances this might not be enough if the broken pieces are deeply embedded inside the cervix. Some women will need to undergo a type of c-section known as a laparotomy. Women who undergo this procedure will need to abstain from pregnancy for two years. In extreme cases, injured women may need to undergo a full hysterectomy to remove the broken pieces. 

What Are Symptoms of ParaGard IUD Breaks?

The most likely time for the device to break is during the removal process. Women should insist on seeing the whole device after it has been removed. If the device is not intact after the removal procedure, this could indicate a break during the removal process. There are a number of symptoms that women should look for that could potentially point to a ParaGard IUD break.

  • Acute or chronic stomach pain
  • Unusual vaginal discharges
  • Atypical menstrual cycles
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Infections in the pelvic region
  • Infertility

If you have experienced any of these symptoms while on ParaGard, it is important that you contact your physician to determine if there may be a link. Women who have suffered a ParaGard break have also reported emotional trauma. This is especially true for women who have had to undergo a hysterectomy thereby removing their ability to ever become pregnant. Women who have been injured by their ParaGard device may be able to file a civil claim.

Liability For Injuries Caused By ParaGard IUDs

All medical device companies have a legal responsibility to make products that are reasonably safe. To this end, they must do adequate testing of their device before it can be sold. They must also warn patients about the potential dangers associated with the use of their product. Product liability claims will typically be based on claims of design defect, manufacturing defect, and failure to warn. Teva Pharmaceutical Industries is the maker of the ParaGard IUD and has been sued on the following grounds. 

  • ParaGard IUDs had a defective design. Unlike other birth control IUD devices on the market, the Paragard IUD T 380A has arms that stick out at 90-degree angles from the center cylinder. A different design could have arguably prevented many of the arms from breaking off. 
  • ParaGard IUDs had a manufacturing defect. Plaintiff attorneys have argued the poor construction of the device arms have caused them to become brittle over time and more susceptible to breaking. 
  • ParaGard IUD labeling failed to warn about the risks of the device. The packaging for the IUDs did not fully inform doctors of the substantial risk of the device arms breaking during the explant procedure. 

Women have been very seriously injured by ParaGard devices. Many have also been unfairly burdened with the cost of extensive medical procedures to remove broken pieces of the IUD. Plaintiff attorneys have managed to consolidate the lawsuits through multidistrict litigation (“MDL”). If you have been injured by one of these devices, it is important that you seek legal counsel quickly in order to preserve your rights.

Getting Help After A ParaGard IUD Injury

The personal injury attorneys at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. are here to help you if you’ve been injured by a ParaGard IUD. They have decades of experience helping accident victims and have recovered nearly $1billion for their deserving clients. There is a reason that so many families have chosen to be represented by our attorneys. They will do everything in their power to get their clients a fair and just resolution of their claim. 

Have you or someone that you care about been injured by a ParaGard IUD? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here for you. We care deeply that accident victims get the medical and financial support that they need to recover. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into your case we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (212) 385-4410.


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