The ParaGard intrauterine device (IUD) is giving rise to increasing numbers of legal claims as more and more women complain that the device breaks while being removed. The “arms” of the T-shaped IUD reportedly have a tendency to fracture, leaving women with a free-floating foreign object within their uterus or, worse, embedded within the uterine wall.
Surgical intervention is often required to correct the damage caused by the defective device. Such procedures include:
Additional injuries such as infection, scarring, organ damage, and the permanent loss of the ability to have children can result.
Thus far, dozens of lawsuits alleging these defects and injuries have been filed throughout the United States with many more anticipated to be filed in the near future. In December of 2020, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation will consider whether to establish an “MDL” to centralize all such litigation before one judge. If the Panel chooses to create the MDL, injured women and their attorneys will be able to combine their efforts to investigate and litigate the claims involving the ParaGard device.
Chappell, Smith & Arden, P.A. is a law firm experienced in MDL products liability litigation. Attorneys Maggie Raines Chappell and Graham L. Newman have represented numerous women in such types of litigation including the talcum powder/ovarian cancer litigation and the transvaginal mesh/bladder sling litigation.