Essure, manufactured by Bayer and Conceptus, Inc., is a form of birth control that is permanent, irreversible and is inserted through a non-surgical procedure in women who choose this method.
Many women have filed lawsuits against Bayer and Conceptus claiming that a design defect causes the device to fracture or move in a woman’s body. When this happens, it can cause a puncture in a woman’s uterus and fallopian tubes.
The attorneys at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers have been taking clients who had the Essure device implanted in their bodies and then suffered injuries such as:
- Revision surgery
- Organ damage
- Chronic pain
What About the Essure Lawsuits?
So far, over 16,000 lawsuits have been filed against Bayer and Conceptus by women who have suffered injuries such as severe abdominal damage when the Essure device migrates around their bodies.
The allegation states that: if the client and their doctor were made aware of the risks involved with Essure, they might have chosen another type of birth control. The other options include:
- Tubal ligation
- Tubal fulguration
- Having clips applied
The main issue occurring in the Essure lawsuits is that the birth control device was negligently designed. The design causes it to break apart and harm a woman’s fallopian tubes and uterus.
What About the Side Effects and Injuries Has Essure Caused?
Then Food and Drug Administration has said that the short-term risks of Essure include mild to moderate pain, cramping, pelvic discomfort, heavy bleeding, and back discomfort.
The long-term risks of Essure include:
- Ectopic Pregnancy
- Puncturing of the Uterus or Fallopian Tubes
- Allergic Reactions, especially in women who are sensitive to polyester fibers, nickel, titanium, stainless steel, platinum, and silver-tin.
- Joint Pain
- Autoimmune Disease
The FDA stated in the period from 2002 to present they have received over 26,000 reports of problems due to Essure. Additionally, most of the stories have been voluntary and most from the women who’ve used Essure.
The women who made reports to the FDA reported problems with:
- More substantial and menstrual irregularities
- The Essure device moving
- The Essure device breaking
- The device not working as expected
The Food and Drug Administration has said that the use of Essure devices has caused at least 18 miscarriages. However, a private consulting firm puts that number closer to 300 women.
Is There Compensation Available in an Essure Lawsuit?
If the Essure device you had implanted has caused you to be injured, you may be able to recover the following damages:
- Future and Past Medical Expenses
- Future and Past Pain and Suffering that resulted from the defective Essure device.
- Lost Wages
- Other Economic Losses Caused by Your Injuries
- Punitive Damages if available
Are the Essure Lawsuits a Class Action?
It depends. In a class-action lawsuit, a few people represent the interests of the many. The court rulings are going to be binding on all people who are part of the class-action trial. Also, all the people in the class-action lawsuit are required to accept the settlement.
The attorneys at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers, prefer to represent each client based upon their set of circumstances. We do this so every client gets to settle their case.
Are There Any Warnings or Recalls Associated With Essure?
The Food and Drug Administration held a meeting on September 24, 2015, of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee.
This meeting was convened to listen to expert clinical and scientific opinions as well as patients sharing their experiences regarding the benefits and risks of Essure. The result at the end of that meeting was that the Food and Drug Administration ordered Bayer to conduct a post-market surveillance study into the benefits and risks of Essure.
Then again in November of 2016, the Food and Drug Administration required all the manufacturers of Essure to put a black box warning on all packages containing Essure to warn doctors and their patients of the potential risks they may face by choosing to use Essure.
In April of 2018, the Food and Drug Administration started to restrict the sales of Essure to medical providers that agreed to review the risks of Essure with their patients before they were implanted with the Essure device.
As a result of the above, in July of 2018, Bayer announced they would stop selling Essure in the United States by the end of 2018.
If you or a loved one was implanted with the Essure device and have suffered injuries, you could be entitled to monetary compensation. The Georgia attorneys at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers have the experience and knowledge in handling Essure Cases. They may be able to help you get the monetary compensation you deserve.