Keller Postman represents women who were injured because of using the Paragard copper intrauterine device (IUD), a long-term birth control method. The suits accuse Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., Teva Women’s Health, Inc., The Cooper Companies Inc., and CooperSurgical Inc. of failing to warn users of the risk for breakage and serious complications.
The Paragard intrauterine device (IUD) is a long-term birth control product made of a plastic t-shape frame with copper coils wrapped around the arms and body. The IUD is placed in the uterus by a doctor and is intended to stay in place for up to 10 years.
As marketed, Paragard can be removed without surgery—but removal is not always safe, because Paragard is prone to break during removal. Paragard breakage often results in severe complications, including surgery and hysterectomy.
Thousands of women have now claimed they were injured after using Paragard, marketed by Teva Pharmaceuticals and then Cooper Surgical as a safe birth control product. Despite the mounting evidence that clearly shows the dangers of this device, Paragard remains on the market and without an adequate warning.
Keller Postman represents individuals throughout the United States who used Paragard and suffered a range of complications and injuries, including infertility and pain. Centralized in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia into a multi-district litigation (MDL), the lawsuits allege that various Teva companies, The Cooper Companies Inc., and CooperSurgical Inc. designed a defective product and failed to warn users of the risks posed by Paragard. The plaintiffs allege that their Paragard broke during removal. For some of these women, the breakage left behind pieces of the device. Removing the pieces then required surgery or other further medical intervention.
Keller Postman is helping to lead the Paragard multi-district litigation, as Partner Nicole Berg serves on the court-appointed Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee on behalf of Keller Postman’s clients and all claimants in the federal litigation. Our clients can be sure that we will do everything in our power to drive these lawsuits forward and win on their behalf.
Paragard still remains on the market without appropriate warnings. Although Cooper added some language related to breakage in 2019, the language is vague and not included as a “warning.”
Keller Postman hopes to raise awareness for the critical safety concerns surrounding this IUD, as we believe it is defective and unsafe for women. We intend to hold the manufacturers of Paragard accountable for their disregard for the health and safety of consumers.
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The Paragard IUD is a copper intrauterine device (IUD) used by thousands of women in the United States as a long-term birth control device. Unlike other IUDs, Paragard is the only IUD on the market that is completely hormone-free, as it specifically relies on copper to prevent fertilization. As a long-term birth control option, the FDA has approved the device to stay in place for up to 10 years.
Various internal injuries occur when a Paragard IUD fractures during removal (and the fragmented arms of the device break off inside a woman’s body). These fractured pieces may be left behind in the uterus, requiring further medical intervention to remove. The fragmented pieces can also move to other organs, resulting in major health issues, including severe and chronic abdominal pain, vaginal bleeding between periods, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), pelvic infection, and infertility. If a woman becomes pregnant, the fractured pieces left behind in her body may even cause issues with pregnancy (including an ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, or premature birth).
A doctor may attempt to do a hysteroscopy, which involves the insertion of an endoscope into the uterine cavity through the cervix. However, if the fractured pieces of the Paragard IUD are embedded, this procedure may not be successful.
In severe circumstances, a doctor may need to resort to more extreme methods of treatment, including a full hysterectomy (which results in infertility), a larasocopy (requires a small incision), or a laparotomy (a surgical opening of the uterine cavity).
If you used the Paragard IUD and it fractured during the process of removal, you may qualify for a lawsuit. To be clear, the manufacturers of the Paragard IUD failed to warn consumers of design defects and potential risk that the device could break during removal, resulting in serious complications.
This litigation will eventually be resolved through a negotiated settlement with defendants. Unfortunately, the compensation that plaintiffs will receive is currently unknown and difficult to forecast. However, as soon as we can predict the compensation that victims will receive, we will share an update here.
We unfortunately cannot predict with any certainty how long it will take for cases to resolve, as litigation is unpredictable. There is no way to know just yet. But we will keep this page updated and also ensure that our clients are notified with any key developments.
In Re: Paragard IUD Products Liability Litigation Plaintiffs’ Leadership Team: The United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia lists the full plaintiffs’ leadership team, including Keller Postman Partner Nicole Berg, who sits on the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee and is helping to lead this litigation.
As Reports of IUD Breakage Piled Up, [Paragard] Maker Changed Label But Many Women Still Unaware: In this feature by ABC 7’s Spotlight on America, they interview women who were unaware of the dangers posed by the Paragard IUD and suffered severe complications. They also report that breakage is the fifth most common adverse reaction when it comes to Paragard, among other findings.
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