ParaGard IUD: Is There a Recall?

In the last few years, many women have come forward with lawsuits over the damage done by Paragard IUD. The lawsuits allege that the contraceptive device is defective and carries a high risk of breaking upon removal, leading to a variety of injuries. Despite a mounting number of lawsuits, there has been no recall of Paragard IUDs over issues of the devices breaking during removal.

What Is Paragard IUD?

The Paragard intrauterine device (IUD) has been around for over three decades. It was first approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1984. Paragard is implanted into the uterus and uses copper to prevent pregnancy. It is a long-term pregnancy prevention device that can be effective for up to ten years.

Despite its many years in production, it wasn’t until the past few years that lawsuits began to pop up in relation to the safety of this contraceptive device. Many claims have been made against Paragard manufacturer Cooper Surgical.

While the company claims that Paragard is a completely safe form of contraception, the lawsuits state that the company knew about the breakage risk upon removal and failed to warn doctors or patients about the potential for complications and injuries.

State of Lawsuits

The lawsuits against Cooper Surgical over the potential dangers are still in the early stages. No trials have been scheduled, and no settlements have been reached. In December of 2020, dozens of lawsuits against Cooper Surgical regarding the dangers of Paragard were consolidated into a Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) in the Northern District of Georgia under Judge Leigh Martin May.

While these cases were consolidated into an MDL, there is no active class action lawsuit for Paragard injuries. Each plaintiff still retains their own individual lawyer, and settlements will be decided on a case-by-case basis. Only a few of the cases are expected to go to court to serve as bellwether trials to help give both sides an idea of the value of each individual claim so that most cases can be settled outside a courtroom.

The Rise in Lawsuits

It is unclear exactly why there are suddenly so many lawsuits being filed against CooperSurgical in regards to Paragard when the device seemed to be used without problem for decades. One part of the equation could have to do with the rising popularity of IUDs. In the early 90s, only about 1.5% of women used an IUD as their contraception of choice. Now that number is approaching 10%.

With so many more devices in use, it makes sense that the number of incidents would increase. However, that would only account for an overall rise in number from a previously smaller amount.

The more likely answer for the current problem is that manufacturers may have changed out one or more of the materials used in the manufacture of these devices that has made them more susceptible to breaking. However, this is purely speculative.

Whatever the cause, there is no doubt that the use of Paragard has resulted in a variety of serious injuries.

Injury Claims

There are a wide variety of injury claims being made in regards to the removal of Paragard. In the various lawsuits, patients have claimed injuries including:

  • Pain
  • Infection
  • IUD migration
  • IUD pieces lodged in organs
  • Perforation of the uterus or cervix
  • Inflammation and allergic reaction to IUD pieces broken off in the body
  • Need for surgery to remove broken pieces
  • Need for hysterectomy, laparoscopy, or laparotomy
  • Infertility

File a Claim

If you suffered an injury resulting from the attempted removal of your Paragard IUD, you should schedule a free consultation with a product liability lawyer to discuss your options. You can begin a legal claim of your own or wait to see if a class-action lawsuit is filed against Cooper Surgical relating to Paragard. Whatever you decide to do, it is important to have legal advice, so you can make sure you don’t harm your case in any way.

There is a statute of limitations to file a claim, so the sooner you consult an attorney, the better. Don’t miss out on your chance at compensation to pay for the damages done and help to get your life back on track.

About the Author:

Wilma Wiliams is a law school graduate and a part-time freelance blogger, focused on various legal topics such as personal injury, and bankruptcy. She’s passionate about educating the public on fighting for their rights, which is why she’s currently collaborating with Ask LLP: Lawyers for Justice, whilst actively sharing a part of her experience as a former lawyer.

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