Essure Birth Control Lawsuits
Pharmaceutical conglomerate Bayer is facing more than 16,000 lawsuits as of April of 2018 stemming from women who have been harmed as a result of side effects from using the birth control device Essure. The lawsuits allege Bayer knew of potential health risks of the drug that were not disclosed. If you or a loved one took Essure and has suffered health complications as a result, contact the Cambridge-based law office of Altman & Altman LLP today to get started on a claim.
Thousands of women who have used the Essure birth control device claim that they have suffered serious medical complications and dangerous side effects as a result. These have included:
- Requiring a hysterectomy
- Pain and bleeding including heavy periods
- Sensitivity and allergies to nickel
- Unwanted pregnancies
- Weight gain/bloating
- Autoimmune disorders and clinical depression
- Organ perforation
- Ectopic pregnancies
Essure is a medical device that is implanted without surgery into the reproductive system of a women as a birth control measure. The device is described by Bayer as a “soft, flexible insert” that contains no hormones and is made of the same material used in heart stents and other medical devices.
However, it has become apparent through the voluminous number of lawsuits that these supposedly innocuous devices can become incredibly hazardous to a woman’s health. Lawsuits describe a litany of different complications, the most alarming of which involve the device dislodging from its intended place and becoming stuck elsewhere in the reproductive system.
Sometimes the Essure device becomes so stuck that emergency hysterectomies have been required to remove the device. Woman have even died as a result of complications stemming from these incidents.
The physical toll that this can have on women is apparent through the many symptoms, including debilitating pain, heavy bleeding and possible organ perforation (puncturing) which may occur as a result of a malfunctioning device. However, not as visible is the emotional toll that such side effects can have – such as an otherwise healthy woman losing the ability to have children, or facing an unintended pregnancy because the device did not work as advertised.Bayer Had a Responsibility to Warn of all Possible Consequences
Although none of the many lawsuits have been settled at this time, pharmaceutical companies such as Bayer are well aware of their responsibility to properly advertise and warn potential users of their products about any and all possible side effects of using said products. In this case, if Bayer failed to warn women of the possibility of the device causing such significant physical harm, they clearly exercised gross negligence in failing to present all necessary information before producing, promoting and selling a potentially harmful product.
At Altman & Altman LLP, our personal injury attorneys have over 50 years of experience advocating on behalf of our clients who have been injured due to forces outside of their control. Women trusted Bayer to provide a birth control alternative to the traditional birth control pill, and Bayer potentially abused that trust by failing to warn them about any and all negative consequences.
If you or a loved one at any point utilized a Bayer Essure birth control device and suffered any negative consequences or harmful side effects as a result – even if you have since ceased using the device without further incident – you may be entitled to financial compensation if the lawsuits rule in favor of the plaintiffs filing them. Such compensation could go towards paying off expenses associated with the injuries sustained by using the product.
At Altman & Altman, we believe that people have a right to know what they are getting in a product, and when companies purposefully omit information that could potentially cost somebody their ability to have a baby or even their very life, we take these matters very seriously.
Please contact us online or call for a free consultation to go over the details of your case today at 617.492.3000 or toll-free at 800.481.6199. We are available 24/7.