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Over two-thirds of women in the United States use some form of birth control according to the CDC. Female birth control is one of the most common ways to prevent pregnancy. Intrauterine devices (IUDs) are a popular choice of birth control for women, but they aren’t without possible complications. IUD injury and side effects are possible.

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IUD Injury Lawsuits

Can you sue an IUD manufacturer or doctor for an IUD injury? This article can help you understand when or if an injury may qualify for a claim.

Haggerty Silverman & Justice is not able to help with most IUD product injury claims. Some patients may qualify for a medical malpractice claim.

Known Risks And Side Effects

Many medical procedures and medical devices have risks and side effects. The different types and brands of IUDs have known risks and side effects. Injuries caused by known risks and side effects are generally not eligible for compensation.

Patients should know and understand the risks of the procedure and device before having an IUD installed. The responsibility to know and understand the risks of any procedure falls on the patient. When a patient agrees to a procedure, they acknowledge the risks. However, if the doctor is negligent the patient may have a medical malpractice claim.

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Medical Mistakes

When a person agrees to have an IUD installed, they also agree there are certain risks of the procedure itself. A doctor has the responsibility to perform within the standard of care. If the doctor makes a mistake or is negligent during the installation or removal of an IUD, it could cause an injury. The following are possible examples of medical mistakes or malpractice with IUD installation and/or removal:

  • installing the IUD too deep or too sharp of an angle
  • installation of the IUD in a pregnant patient
  • failing to verify the IUD is properly installed
  • migration of an improperly installed IUD

It is important to note these situations alone do not qualify for a successful injury claim. A patient will need to prove a serious or permanent injury. Additionally, the injured patient will need to prove the injury is the result of the doctor’s mistake or negligence.

When medical mistakes or negligence cause a serious or permanent injury, the patient should seek the help of a medical malpractice attorney.

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What is an IUD?

An intrauterine device (IUD) is a removable implant that is placed inside the uterus. The t-shaped device is made of plastic and can prevent pregnancy for up to 10 years.

Two Types of IUD

Progestin IUD

Progestin IUDs are an all-plastic device that uses the progestin hormone. There are 3 brands of progestin IUDs. Mirena, Skyla, and Liletta are all progestin hormone IUDs.

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Copper IUD

A copper IUD does not use hormones to prevent pregnancy. Instead, this device is made of plastic and copper. The copper prevents pregnancy. In the US, there is one approved copper IUD – ParaGard.

Known IUD Side Effects

Patients can experience side effects after an IUD is implanted. The most common side effects are:

  • pain upon implant
  • cramps
  • fainting
  • heavier periods
  • irregular bleeding
  • spotting
  • ovarian cysts

Known IUD Complications

While the common side effects are not considered serious, severe complications can occur. These complications can include:

  • broken IUD
  • surgery to remove broken pieces
  • lost or missing pieces
  • hysterectomy
  • embedded pieces within the uterine wall
  • pregnancy

These complications can be very dangerous for a woman. Additionally, they are painful and can cause permanent damage. You can learn more about IUD complications, side effects, and injuries on WebMD.

Informed Decision

IUDs do work to prevent pregnancy. But, is the benefit worth the risk? Each patient makes an informed decision based on the risks and benefits. When medical device makers fail to disclose known risks, patients can’t make an informed decision about their health.

Do I Have An IUD Injury Lawsuit?

Your IUD, and nearly every medical device, has disclosed warnings so patients can make an informed decision. You should have read the warning information to understand the known risks, complications, and possible side effects of your specific IUD before the procedure. As a patient, it is your duty to read and understand the possible risks and side effects as disclosed by the product manufacturer. Check if your problem is/was listed. If the warnings include your specific problem, you probably won’t have grounds for a successful lawsuit.

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When to Talk to Injury Attorney

Haggerty Silverman & Justice is a personal injury and medical malpractice law firm serving people in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland. If you have questions about a possible claim, contact our office for a free consultation.