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Women Injured During ParaGard Removal May Have Lawsuit Claims

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Dallas, TXWomen who had the ParaGard IUD contraceptive device inserted and then suffered injuries from the removal process may have grounds for a lawsuit against the medical device manufacturer.

"Women who have had this device inserted should be aware that when it comes time for it to be removed, risk of break-up may lead to injuries," says attorney Dr. Shezad Malik, who is also a medical doctor. "If that happens, those patients may have a claim for damages."

TEVA Pharmaceuticals manufactures ParaGard, a T-shaped, copper-releasing intrauterine contraceptive device approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1984.

ParaGard is a non-hormonal IUD, which makes it an alternative to hormonal IUD brands such as Mirena, Skyla or Liletta. The copper released by ParaGard acts as a spermicide, producing an inflammatory reaction in the uterus that is toxic to sperm, which helps prevent fertilization.

The ParaGard IUD is approved as being effective for up to ten years. However, when that ten years expires and a health care professional attempts to remove ParaGard, complications may occur.

"Occasionally, ParaGard may be hard to remove because it is stuck in the uterus," according to ParaGard's patient instructions. "Surgery may sometimes be needed to remove ParaGard."

"If someone develops injuries due to break-up during the removal process, they may have a claim," says Dr. Malik. Women coming to the end of their ten-year ParaGard IUD cycle may notice that they've been injured, he says.

On record with the FDA is a 2015 Medsun report of a woman who had the ParaGard IUD inserted and upon removal, eight and a half years later, the copper coil was found to be missing from the long portion of the IUD. "Copper was present on "T" arms of device and both arms were intact," according to the report.

"If a device is defective and breaks up, any injuries that occur from the allegedly defective device entitle the injured person to compensation," says Dr. Malik.

Potential adverse reactions to ParaGard include embedment, perforation, pelvic infection, ectopic pregnancy, septic abortion and intrauterine pregnancy, according to ParaGard's patient instructions pamphlet.

A woman may have a claim if she had to have a hysterectomy due to ParaGard injuries or if the device or fragments migrated, puncturing the colon for instance. Malik says, "It would have to be something that requires invasive surgical intervention.

"Time is of the essence when it comes to a person filing a personal injury lawsuit for ParaGard IUD injuries," says Dr. Malik, since most states have a two-year statute of limitations on personal injury claims. "They want to file a claim before time runs out."

Dr. Malik represents individuals in personal injury cases through his law office, The Dr. Shezad Malik Law Firm, in Dallas, TX.

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Referral from my firm – Landver Law Corporation APC

Here is where I saw your information:

https://www.lawyersandsettlements.com/articles/link-between-female-birth-control-pseudotumor/interview-link-between-female-birth-control-22168.html

I have a potential referral. The potential client had a child and then became pregnant again and had an abortion. Immediately following that abortion, she had an IUD device inserted. The device was placed incorrectly and she was in a lot of pain. She then got pregnant again. At this time, the provider removed the IUD device but she had a forced abortion due to the manner in which the device was sitting. She is now afraid to have another IUD device placed.

The IUD Device was Paraguard. The way the doctor placed the device it was lodged in the wall of her cervix.

Client got sick, nauseous, sharp pain, bleeding. They did a hysteroscopy which showed the bad placement. The paraguard also potentially due to the bad placement didn’t work and she became pregnant and was told in order to remove the paraguard they had to do another abortion on the baby.

She was refused to remove the paraguard without doing the abortion. She didn’t have an option to choose whether or not to have the baby and would have kept the baby had the hospital given her an option to do it. The hospital that did the abortion is MLK.

Let me know if you are interested. Speak with Teni or Alina regarding the referral.

The client is in Southern California.

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I am currently suffering from the paraguard. I went to get it out after 6 years and it was unsuccessful. I was experiencing pain, prolonged bleeding and considering another child. I am now told that I am going to have to undergo a hysterectomy due to the IUD being embedded into my uterus. Now not only will I suffer extra pain, being off work for 6 months not paid, and I will no longer be able to have another child. Please let me know if you can help me.

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I had paragard iud placed in me at 11-9-10
I started having high fevers and pukeing my period was late and I never started it.i was bleeding a flow of blood and it was enough to cover a pad or 2. I had a big bump on my right side by my ovarie I went menopause can’t have kids now because of iud sumtimes have a hard time going to poop I think I had a miscarriage while the paragard iud was in cause I didn’t start my period unless I have cyst on my ovaries but paragard is non hormonal I have pain sumtimes in my right side the gynecologist cut my bump with a medical knife and gave me a shot and I didn’t know what the shot was for he gave me a shot in my back the copper coil was missing from the paragard iud I had heart problems when my heart beat was beating fast I was in n out of hospitals and they didn’t know what was wrong

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HI LAST MONTH I DISCOVERED I WAS PREGANANT WITH A PARAGARD IUD INSIDE OF ME. I WENT TO ER AND THEY REMOVED IT, BUT A ARM WAS MISSING FROM THE DEVICE. I AM STILL PREGANANT AND I STILL HAVETHE ARM SOMEWHERE IBSIDE MY CERVIX. THE DOCTORS CANNOT FIND IT. IM TERRIFIED OF WHAT CAN BE HAPPENING TO MY DEVELOPING BABY AND MYSELF AS A RESULT OF THIS BROKEN DEVCE. I WAS TOLD BY THE OBGYN HE DIDNT WANT TO GO DIGGING AROUND AND CAUSE ME A MISCARRIAGE BUT IM SCARED THAT ITS STILL INSIDE OF ME

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I had my IUD removed in 2002 while being removed one of the arms of the T was left in my uterus. I still have the IDU which now looks like a 7 in a jar as proof. I am dealing with ringing in my brain that cannot be figured out, maybe this foreign object in my body is part of the problem. I have to have a vaginal Ultrasound every year to make sure that piece of the copper does not move or migrate, but I don't want to wait for migration and cannot afford to go fishing to get it out. I was told by my physician that I could wear this IUD for ten years. I was not smart enough to know that a uterus could possibly grow over that IUD and make it difficult to remove. I say this is not right and wonder what course if any I have. Thanks in advance.

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While my doctor put the copper IUD in, I feel extreme pain and asked if I would quit. My doctor ignored me. Two days later they found out there is a hole on my uterus and the IUD is outside my uterus. They had to send me to ER to surgical remove it.

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