When Essure first came on the market, health care providers were excited to offer a solution to patients who were seeking permanent birth control. But the medical community and the public soon learned that Essure wasn’t as safe as its manufacturer, Bayer, said it was.
Essure & Migration – What Are The Risks?
When a patient has Essure implanted, doctors are literally putting small metal and fiber coils into the fallopian tubes. The implant is then supposed to work with the body to create a natural barrier through which sperm are unable to pass.
One of the major issues with Essure is that these little metal pieces don’t want to stay in the fallopian tubes, literally perforating the tissue and moving throughout the abdomen causing pain and also damage to other internal organs.
In one case, the female patient began to experience severe abdominal pain. She had chosen Essure as a method of permanent birth control because she had hoped to avoid any sort of surgery. Instead, she had to undergo an abdominal exploration, during which her surgeon discovered that the implant had left its intended position and was in her omentum.
This patient was actually lucky – the metal coil could have easily gone into a much more important organ – like a kidney or the liver. If the coil had pierced a vital organ, the damage could result in the death of
What Other Risks Are Associated With Essure?
According to the FDA, in addition to migration and the need for possible surgery, Essure presents the following risks:
- Abdominal pain
- Allergic reactions
- Hair Loss
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Painful intercourse
The side effects of Essure have cost many women thousands of dollars in medical treatments that they otherwise wouldn’t have needed. It has also impacted their quality of life.
More Than 18,000 Essure Lawsuits Continue To Move Forward
Whenever a medical product causes serious harm to a patient and the potential side effects weren’t disclosed to the medical community and public, those who sustain harm have the right to take legal action.
More than 18,000 lawsuits are filed against Bayer, alleging that the company failed to disclose the possible side effects of Essure and failing to protect women throughout the country.
These plaintiffs are each hoping that taking legal action they will be able to recover full compensation for all of their losses, including medical expenses, lost wages, physical pain, and emotional trauma. This compensation may come from a verdict after trial or through a settlement.
At this time, Bayer has not made any attempt to settle Essure cases. However, depending on how trials proceed, the company may change its approach in the future.
How Much Will Each Plaintiff Recover?
If a plaintiff is awarded compensation through a verdict or their legal team negotiates a settlement, the amount they obtain will be based on their actual losses. For example, if they required surgery because their Essure implant migrated and that surgery cost $120,000, they may be awarded that amount.
To determine how much you may be able to recover, contact our legal team for a case review.
How Long Will The Essure Litigation Go On?
The reality is that with such a large number of lawsuits filed, it may take years for the plaintiffs involved in the ongoing litigation to obtain compensation. However, this may be the only way to recover any kind of compensation.
The lawyers at Birth Control Problems understand how frustrating the legal process can be for a client who is suffering. Our team will do everything we can to make this process smooth and we are happy to answer all questions that may arise.
Our goal is client satisfaction, which we believe can only be achieved through communication.
Call now to learn more about your legal rights.