Complications Leading to the Essure® Lawsuit
Essure® is a permanent birth control device that has been linked to serious patient complications, including the deaths of four women who received this tubal implant. Many injured patients are seeking compensation from the manufacturer in the Essure® lawsuit. Our San Diego, CA, law firm is representing women and families that have been harmed by implantation of this defective medical device.
Bayer and other pharmaceutical giants can be held liable for injuries and death caused by their faulty or dangerous products. If you have suffered after having an Essure® device implanted, you may be eligible for compensation. Please contact our firm today to schedule a free consultation.
Essure® is a tiny metal coil that is surgically placed in the fallopian tubes. Over a three-month period, the device causes scar tissue to form, which is thought to work as a natural barrier between sperm and ovum and prevent conception.
Essure® was U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved in 2002, and Bayer acquired the product in 2013 after merging with the original manufacturer. Today, more than 900,000 women use Essure® according to Bayer, which promotes the contraceptive device as more than 99 percent effective for permanent prevention of pregnancy.
Reports of Complications
In 2013, the FDA ordered Essure® labeling to be updated and warn patients of complications, including chronic pain and device migration. The agency had already received thousands of reports of adverse health events at that time, and patients have continued to come forward.
Many complications associated with Essure® can only be corrected by the surgical removal of the device, and many patients required even more invasive procedures.
Patients have experienced severe pain and other symptoms, including heavy bleeding, painful intercourse, chronic pelvic pain, and fatigue. Many complications associated with Essure® can only be corrected by the surgical removal of the device, and many patients required even more invasive procedures. Devices that have become dislodged can migrate to other areas of the body and cause severe injuries. Many patients have required a hysterectomy after experiencing complications from Essure®.
There have also been reports of patients experiencing sensitivity to nickel, as well as numerous unwanted pregnancies and fetal deaths. A few patient deaths have been reported, including one said to have been caused by a bacterial infection at the implant site. So many women have been affected, a support group of almost 30,000 Essure® patients has been formed on Facebook.
In September 2015, the FDA conducted an inquiry to further evaluate Essure® concerns, and ordered additional clinical studies and the addition of a new black box warning for patients.
A number of U.S. lawsuits have already been filed, including one in September, 2015, by a California woman. She complained of constant pain and heavy bleeding from a faulty Essure® device, which will require another invasive surgery to remove. Another case filed by a Connecticut woman who complained of bleeding, blood clots, hair loss, discomfort during sex, and depression. She was forced to undergo a hysterectomy to remove the Essure® device.
Lawsuits accuse Bayer of failure to warn, negligent misrepresentation, and other liability claims. Plaintiffs in similar cases involving medical device injuries have collected significant compensation awards to cover their medical expenses, losses, and suffering.
Seeking Legal Counsel
Our attorneys have decades of experience with product liability cases. We aggressively take on large corporations with a strong record of success. If you and your family have suffered because of Essure®, please contact us today to schedule a free consultation.