Women around the country are filing lawsuits against manufacturers of the Essure permanent birth control device for a variety of injuries, including ectopic pregnancies. The device was recalled in 2018, after being placed in over 750,000 people 16 years before when it was introduced.
Bayer, the company that manufactured Essure, stated that they recalled it because of a 70% sales decrease. They experienced this drop in sales right after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required a black box warning to be added to packaging, indicating that the product inside may have serious or possibly life-threatening side effects.
What is the Essure Implant?
The Essure medical implant is a device marketed as the first non-surgical female sterilization option, as opposed to tubal ligation and hysterectomy procedures.
Introduced in 2002, the device consists of metal coils and plastic and is placed in the patient’s fallopian tubes to create scar tissue that will block sperm from entering. The Essure implant is intended for permanent birth-control, while intrauterine device (IUD) implants are temporary and easily removable.
Ectopic Pregnancy Lawsuits due to Essure implants
The FDA received approximately 30,000 issue reports about Essure from 2002-2017. Many of these issues, such as ectopic pregnancies, are outlined in lawsuits filed by patients who were implanted with the device. These cases state that many of the injuries and complications suffered by users were due to manufacturer Bayer’s lack of pre-market safety research, and some report they purposefully neglected to disclose any injuries.
Lawsuits explain that the newly innovated Essure was fast-tracked through the FDA review process, and therefore did not conduct proper safety testing before releasing it to the public. Bayer was also responsible for training doctors on how to implant the device and provided no information about any adverse effects.
A 38-year-old mother of three children filed a lawsuit against Bayer after suffering a life-threatening ectopic pregnancy caused by Essure. Her case describes a variety of ailments including depression, migraines, as well as ectopic pregnancy, which occurs when a fertilized egg grows outside of the uterus. Not only did Essure cause this complication, but it was implanted without consent when the patient thought she was having a tubal ligation procedure.
How We Can Help
Women who suffered an ectopic pregnancy after getting an Essure implant deserve justice. Those affected by ectopic pregnancies and other complications and injuries from Essure below may be eligible for a lawsuit:
- Unintended pregnancies
- Breakage of inserts
- Migration of inserts
- Nickel poisoning
- Severe menstrual pain
- Autoimmune disorders
- Severe abdominal or pelvic pain
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Perforation of the uterus, fallopian tubes, and/or other organs
Recipients injured by the Essure implant are filing lawsuits against manufacturers for both their negligence and the harm they caused. Our team of attorneys at Kwartler Manus, LLC. is dedicated to helping those who have been hurt by these companies’ mistakes. If you or a loved one have experienced an ectopic pregnancy or other complications listed above, contact us online or by phone at (267) 457-5570 to help you get the compensation you deserve.