Paragard IUD Lawsuits: What You Need to Know
Paragard intrauterine devices, or IUDs, are advertised as a safe, effective, and convenient birth control method. The makers of Paragard also claim that doctors could insert the IUD up to five days after intercourse as an emergency contraceptive.
Paragard is one of only two IUDs available in the United States Paragard, according to its manufacturers, offers women a nonhormonal alternative to birth control. Paragard supposedly has fewer side effects than hormonal birth control options. For example, Paragard does not carry a risk of blood clots, like some other birth control options.
Paragard has a unique, T-shaped design. Paragard is plastic, wrapped in a copper sheath. The copper sheath emits copper into the uterus. The copper creates inflammation, resulting in an inhospitable environment for conception.
Medical personnel can insert the device during an office visit. The device sits in the uterus and can be removed by pulling the string affixed to the bottom of the IUD. The arms of the device are designed to fold up when a medical professional tugs the string.
Sometimes Paragard does not work as planned and results in severe health consequences for the patient. For example, the arms can break off during the removal procedure, potentially resulting in an invasive and dangerous operation to remove the remnants.
The broken arms of the IUD are known to become lodged in the uterine wall. The broken arm could also migrate and penetrate other organs.
In some cases, surgery to remove the broken arm of the Paragard might involve a hysterectomy. Even if a hysterectomy is not indicated, the woman could experience severe side effects and might never be able to give birth.
A woman injured by a defective Paragard IUD may have the right to file a claim for legal damages. The manufacturer of Paragard may be held liable to pay damages for medical bills, lost wages, and mental anguish. Additionally, the spouse of a woman injured by a defective Paragard may also have legal rights to recover monetary damages.
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