Court Documents Indicate Just Over 3,000 Mirena Lawsuits Have Been Filed in State and Federal Courts on Behalf of Women Who Allegedly Sustained Serious Injuries After the Mirena IUD Became Dislocated in Their Uterus.
Southern Med Law, a law firm representing women in Mirena IUD lawsuits, notes that the number of such claims that allege injury due to spontaneous migration of the birth control device has grown beyond 3,000 filings. According to court documents, at least 1,212 federally-filed Mirena lawsuits are now pending in a multidistrict litigation established in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York. (In re: Mirena IUD Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2434.) An additional 1,790 cases alleging similar injuries are pending in a consolidated litigation underway in New Jersey Superior Court, Bergen County. (In Re: Mirena Litigation; Case No. 297)
“Consolidated litigations such as those underway for Mirena lawsuits in New York and New Jersey are established to coordinate discovery and other matters in a large number of lawsuits that involve similar factual allegations. In light of the thousands of Mirena filings involving allegations of spontaneous migration, it’s clear that the consolidation of these cases was appropriate” says Southern Med Law.
According to court documents, all of the Mirena IUD lawsuits currently pending in these two proceedings allege complications that occurred after the device became dislocated from its proper position in a woman’s uterus, long after the IUD was correctly placed there by a healthcare provider. These alleged injuries include, but are not limited to:
• Perforation of the uterine wall
• Ectopic pregnancy
• Intrauterine pregnancy
• Pelvic inflammatory disease
• Severe infection/sepsis
• Abdominal pain
• Severe bleeding
According to court documents, Mirena (levonorgestrel intrauterine system) is a progestin-only IUD that releases low doses of the hormone directly into the uterus, where it can remain for up to five years. The IUD, which was approved for contraception by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is recommended for women who have already had a child. In 2009, the FDA approved the device to treat heavy menstrual bleeding in women who use IUDs as their method of contraception. Mirena lawsuits also note that the FDA sent a warning letter to Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals that same year accusing the company of utilizing misleading promotional materials. Court records indicate that the lawsuits cite this letter to support allegations that Bayer has a history of downplaying Mirena’s serious risks and exaggerating its benefits.
[fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm184747.htm, April 17, 2013]
[fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/EnforcementActivitiesbyFDA/WarningLettersandNoticeofViolationLetterstoPharmaceuticalCompanies/UCM197229.pdf, December 30, 2009]
“Many of the women who have contacted our Firm about Mirena lawsuits have had to undergo invasive medical procedures to treat alleged complications related to spontaneous migration, and some claim to have sustained permanent damage as a result of their injuries. Mirena users who may have had a similar experience could be entitled to receive compensation for the medical expenses and other damages related to this illness,” says Southern Med Law.
As both an attorney and practicing gynecologist, Southern Med Law’s Dr. François Blaudeau possesses a unique understanding of the medical and legal questions relating to Mirena IUD lawsuits. If you or a loved one suffered serious complications allegedly associated with spontaneous migration of a Mirena IUD, please contact the Firm as soon as possible to learn more about your legal rights. You can arrange for a free, no obligation Mirena lawsuit review by calling Southern Med Law today, at 205-547-5525.
About Southern Med Law
Southern Med Law is a patient and consumer advocacy organization providing legal representation to the victims of negligent personal injuries, medical malpractice, dangerous drugs, faulty medical devices and defective products. Led by Dr. François Blaudeau, an attorney and a practicing obstetrician/ gynecologist, the legal staff at Southern Med Law possesses a deep understanding of the complex medical and legal questions at issue in all manner of product liability and personal injury claims. They’re not afraid to take on the nation’s largest corporations in their pursuit of justice, and are committed to ensuring that all victims have access to the type of aggressive legal advocacy that assures success.
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