Pursuing Legal Claims For Women Hurt By Their IUDs
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned about distributing and using unapproved IUDs (intrauterine devices). Women use IUDs as a form of birth control. Still, many IUDs have caused severe complications in thousands of women. Those complications can be long-term and, in some cases, deadly.
Our attorneys at Gardberg & Kemmerly, P.C. Attorneys at Law, believe that if you suffer any of these complications, you deserve to pursue compensation for any recovery costs. We have years of experience fighting for medical patients wronged by improper IUD insertion and product defects. We will do what it takes to help you seek the justice you deserve.
Common IUD Complications
Here are a few examples:
- Uterine perforation: A rare but severe side effect of having an IUD. If improperly inserted, the IUD can rupture the uterus and lead to sepsis.
- Embedment of the device in the uterine wall: If this happens, you may undergo surgery to remove it.
- Migration of the device: If your IUD moves after insertion, it could increase your risk of pregnancy. And, if the device moves so much that it falls out of place, you may have to have your doctor remove it.
- Pelvic inflammatory disease: Since IUD insertion can carry the risk of bacterial infection, those infections could lead to pelvic inflammatory disease. You may have pelvic inflammatory disease from your IUD if you experience pain during urination or sex, vaginal discharge, unusual bleeding or fever.
- Ectopic pregnancies: IUDs are supposed to be the most effective form of birth control. However, there are times when they don’t stop a pregnancy. If you become pregnant with an IUD, it can either lead to a miscarriage or what’s called an ectopic pregnancy. During an ectopic pregnancy, the egg fertilizes outside the uterus, where it cannot survive. And as it continues to grow, it could lead to life-threatening internal bleeding for the mother.
While some of these complications can seem small, some can require emergency or costly surgery to handle. These aren’t things you anticipate when getting an IUD and you shouldn’t have to suffer or pay to fix a mistake you did not cause.
What Causes These Complications?
There is no clear-cut answer. It can boil down to improper insertion or manufacturing errors. Whether your doctor incorrectly positions the IUD, doesn’t double check the placement or doesn’t factor in any preexisting conditions you have, their negligence could cause problems for you long-term. Regarding manufacturing defects, cracks or chips in the IUD could cause it to fall out of place and move around, leading to a number of problems.
No one wants to be proactive about their birth control and family planning, all to discover that the person or institution they trusted has failed them and caused potentially life-altering harm. You deserve better than this and we can help you seek justice.
You Can Seek An Injury Claim
Manufacturers of the IUDs have estimated that hundreds of thousands of women have used this product. If you or someone you know has been affected by any complications or is experiencing any of the above symptoms, you may have a personal injury claim. We can consult, protect your rights and guide you through the legal process.