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Mirena IUD Side Effects And Liability Update

Posted October 24, 2023 | Personal Injury Blog

Mirena is an intrauterine device (IUD) that utilizes the hormone levonorgestrel. Women use it for many reasons. These include birth control, menstrual pain, endometriosis, and anemia.

Mirena IUD side effects

Bayer Pharmaceuticals is the manufacturer of Mirena. In recent years, thousands of lawsuits have been filed against Bayer. These cases are made by Mirena users who have experienced physical harm and other complications due to the device. Many of these lawsuits claim Bayer failed to adequately warn them about the potential risks and side effects.

As of October 2023, a new update regarding Mirena IUD lawsuits has developed.

Previous Lawsuits Against the Mirena Intrauterine Device (IUD)

The Mirena IUD has been the subject of numerous lawsuits over the years. Starting in 2012, the first legal actions against Bayer, the manufacturer of Mirena, began to emerge.

Women have reported various injuries associated with Mirena use. These injuries range from uterine perforation to organ damage. Many of these lawsuits allege that Bayer knew about these risks yet failed to adequately warn consumers of the dangers of using it. 

It seems that Bayer’s negligence has thus caused some women to experience unnecessary pain and suffering.

Mirena IUD class action lawsuit ruling of 2021

Multicounty litigation (MCL) groups similar cases from various counties to be discussed in a single court. MCL is used to streamline legal proceedings.

In 2016, multicounty litigation was in progress regarding perforation and intracranial hypertension claims. Judge Rachelle L. Harz recommended the termination of the MCL. Subsequently, in April 2021, the multicounty legislation in New Jersey was officially concluded. This led to the dismissal of over 1,000 cases.

It is worth noting that many firms are no longer pursuing claims against Mirena due to these multiple case dismissals. However, those suffering for Bayer’s negligence may be eligible to join pending class action lawsuits or file their own personal injury claims to perhaps eventually be grouped into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) case.

The October 2023 Update on Mirena IUD Lawsuits

October 2023 brings another update on the ongoing Mirena IUD lawsuits. One notable case is the class action lawsuit filed in March 2022. The case is identified as 5:22-cv-01603, Sidhu v. Bayer US LLC.

Last year, Priya Sidhu filed her lawsuit for compensation because of the harm she experienced while using the Mirena IUD. In particular, the lawsuit states that women face a high risk of developing breast cancer when using a Mirena IUD.

Bayer sought to have Sidhu’s lawsuit dismissed that same year. They contested the studies cited by the plaintiffs regarding the risk of breast cancer associated with the Mirena IUD.

Bayer also argued that the plaintiffs lacked the right to file a claim due to a lack of injuries. They then suggested that the class action should be restricted to California residents.

Yet, on October 5, a US district judge rejected most of Bayer’s arguments.

What Did the October 2023 Mirena IUD Lawsuit Allege?

The lawsuit states that Bayer withheld information about studies showing an elevated risk of breast cancer for users. Allegations also include unjust enrichment, fraud, and violation of California’s Unfair Competition Law.

The plaintiffs argue that Bayer’s deceptive advertising misled them into believing Mirena was a safe option despite being aware of the risks due to various studies already conducted. They state that Bayer intentionally neglected to warn current or potential users of these risks.

Plaintiffs argue that if they had been warned about using this IUD device, they may have opted for different methods. They claim that they at least would have taken additional precautions.

Certain parts of Priya’s lawsuit were dismissed, such as the allegations of fraudulent sales and violations of California consumer laws. However, much of the lawsuit was approved to move forward.

Common Mirena IUD Injuries and Complications

The following are just a few examples of the types of injuries and complications caused by Mirena IUDs:

  • Perforation: One risk of using Mirena IUDs is uterine perforation, which is when the IUD punctures the uterine wall during insertion or later. If this happens, it can lead to severe complications, such as infection, scarring, and the need for surgical removal of the device.
  • Migration: Mirena IUDs can sometimes move from their intended position within the uterus. This may result in pain, discomfort, and the potential for the device to become lodged in other parts of the reproductive system.
  • Embedment: Embedment occurs when the IUD becomes deeply lodged in the uterine wall. This makes removal more challenging and potentially causes pain and discomfort.
  • Risk of cancers: Some lawsuits allege that Bayer knew of the increased risk Mirena IUD users have of developing certain cancers. Yet, they failed to adequately warn users of the potential risks.
  • Organ damage: Another category of lawsuits focuses on cases where Mirena has caused damage to other organs in the body. The device may migrate from its original position and cut through surrounding organs. This leads to significant health complications.

Do You Qualify to File a Mirena IUD Lawsuit?

Have you experienced complications or injuries caused by a Mirena IUD? Are you wondering whether you qualify to file a lawsuit? The answer depends on several factors, including the laws in your jurisdiction.

In general, eligibility for filing a Mirena IUD lawsuit requires that you have (1) used or have the device implanted, and (2) suffered harm from it. You must prove that your injuries were caused directly by the Mirena IUD.

To determine whether you qualify, you should consult a personal injury attorney. Look for an attorney who is knowledgeable in medical device litigation. He or she will be able to evaluate your situation and guide you through the legal process.

Who Can Be Sued for Mirena IUD Complications?

Determining who may be legally responsible for your Mirena complications depends on various factors specific to your case.

Bayer Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of Mirena, could be liable for any harm caused by their product. As the company that designed and produced the IUD, they are obligated to ensure its safety. They must provide adequate warnings about any potential risks.

Healthcare professionals prescribing or inserting the Mirena IUD may also bear some responsibility. These individuals include doctors who failed to inform you of the risks of using Mirena.

Seeking Justice for Mirena IUD Victims

At Fielding Law, we are dedicated to pursuing justice for the victims of Mirena IUD complications. Do you believe you have suffered uterine perforation, organ damage, or other severe complications due to Mirena IUD use? Our compassionate legal team can help you understand your rights and guide you through filing a lawsuit.

Remember, time is limited when filing a claim against Bayer Pharmaceuticals. There’s a statute of limitations to consider; an attorney can explain this to you further.

Bayer should be held liable for their negligence in designing and distributing Mirena IUDs, so there’s no time to lose. Don’t hesitate to contact Fielding Law today for a confidential consultation. Your health and well-being matter to us.

By seeking legal recourse, you can hold responsible parties accountable. You can also seek financial compensation for your pain and suffering. Call(877) 880-4090 or complete our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.

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Text edited by Mitchell Fielding, a personal injury lawyer and partner at Fielding Law. Mitchell is known for his hard work ethic, friendly personality and dedication to the law. You can find out personal injury law offices in Taylorsville, UT and Mesquite, TX.