Paragard, a small T-shaped plastic intrauterine device (IUD) that uses copper instead of hormones, is a popular contraceptive device implanted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of this device in 1984, and it has been claimed safe and effective by manufacturers Teva Pharmaceuticals and the CooperSurgical for over three decades.
However, recent lawsuits claim that the arms of the Paragard IUD device break upon removal, leaving foreign objects in the body and causing severe bodily harm that may require surgery.
Injuries from Paragard IUD include:
- Chronic abdominal pain
- Vaginal bleeding
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
- Perforation of the uterus or cervix
Claimants also allege that the manufacturers of Paragard knew about the product defect but did not adequately warn patients or doctors about device breakage and potential injury risks.
Thousands of women have relied on Paragard as their method of contraception, and now countless patients nationwide are demanding compensation due to this potentially dangerous design defect.
Timeline of Paragard Lawsuits Filed
The Paragard multidistrict litigation (MDL) was initially formed on December 16, 2020, to centralize ParaGard IUD claims in the Northern District of Georgia under Judge Leigh Martin May. Since then, multiple cases have been added to the MDL and as of May 16, 2022, the MDL has 1,121 cases pending. Additionally, as of March 31, 2022, there have been 4,517 reported cases of Paragard device breakage according to data provided by the FDA Adverse Events Reporting System (FAERS) Public Dashboard.
Paragard Lawsuit Settlement Amounts
At this time, there have not been any Paragard settlements announced. Plaintiffs currently file individual lawsuits, which are consolidated into the MDL. The MDL judge will oversee a consolidated “group discovery” process between the plaintiffs and defendants. The group discovery process will focus on the design defect of Paragard and what the defendants knew. When this process is complete, a bellwether trial will begin. Bellwether trials involve a select number of cases against the defendant to serve as a representative sample of the larger group. The outcome of this will determine the future of these cases and how much others can expect to receive.
For more information about Paragard lawsuits and eligibility for a settlement, speak with the Paragard lawsuit attorneys at Grimes Teich Anderson as soon as possible by calling 800-533-6845. Along with our network of national law firms, we can evaluate your case.
Paragard Lawsuit Attorneys Who Are On Your Side
At Grimes Teich Anderson, we understand the physical pain and financial hardship a defective medical device can cause. When your trust in a pharmaceutical company is broken, you deserve justice. Our attorneys and our national associated firms are dedicated to fight for you and the compensation you need to recover.
If you or someone close to you has sustained serious injuries from a Paragard IUD, contact the Paragard IUD lawsuit lawyers at Grimes Teich Anderson right away by submitting a form on our website or calling our office toll-free at 800-533-6845.