The lawyers of Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., are now reviewing claims from women across the country who suffered abdominal damage that may be linked to the Essure permanent birth control device implant.
Why Are Essure Lawsuits Being Filed?
Women and their families have filed Essure lawsuits in courts across the country. The claims are against Conceptus, the company that first manufactured the Essure birth control device, and Bayer, the company which now produces it.
The lawsuits assert many different types of claims, including:
- A design defect causes the device to separate, break or migrate. The device may, in turn, perforate organs and cause other painful complications.
- The manufacturer failed to address this defect or to provide an adequate warning about it to doctors and patients.
Many Essure lawsuits are now being litigated in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. However, Essure lawsuits are not centralized in a single court.
What Is the Essure Birth Control Device?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Essure birth control device in 2002. Because no other device on the market sterilized women without the need for surgery or general anesthesia, the FDA fast-tracked Essure’s review, The New York Times reports. Bayer bought the device in 2015. The company now manufacturers and sells it in the U.S.
The Essure device consists of tiny metal coils and polyester fibers. A doctor inserts the coils through a woman’s vagina and cervix and places it in her fallopian tubes. A doctor can implant the device in a manner of minutes. It remains permanently implanted.
The device causes inflammation and scar tissue growth around the coils. The scar tissue stops sperm from passing through the fallopian tubes and fertilizing eggs.
Around one million women in the U.S. currently live with an Essure birth control implant, according to news reports.
What Problems Are Linked to the Essure Birth Control Device?
The FDA has received more than 10,000 reports of injuries and pregnancies associated with the Essure sterilization device, The New York Times reports.
Essure remains on the U.S. market. However, in November 2016, the FDA ordered Bayer to:
- Add a “black box warning” to the device’s label, which is the most serious kind of warning.
- Provide doctors with a three-page checklist to review with patients. The checklist covers the device’s many risks as well as its benefits.
- Conduct a post-market surveillance study through 2023. The manufacturer was supposed to submit the first report in March 2017.
The “black box warning” reflects the many problems that women experienced after receiving an Essure implant. Those problems include:
- Perforation of the uterus and/or fallopian tubes
- Movement of the device into the abdominal or pelvic cavity
- Persistent pain
- Allergic or hypersensitivity reactions.
As the Times reports, many women have needed surgery to get the device removed. Unintended pregnancies, miscarriages, autoimmune disease and heavy menstrual bleeding are other Essure-related complications.
What Compensation Can You Pursue in an Essure Lawsuit?
You should report any Essure-related complications to the FDA. Your report can play a role in the agency’s monitoring of the device’s safety and effectiveness.
Additionally, you should seek help from an experienced defective medical device attorney. You may be eligible to recover compensation that includes:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost income and diminished future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium (or harm to your spousal relationship).
Our Essure Injury Lawyers Can Help You Today
The product liability attorneys of Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., know the tremendous physical, emotional and financial harm that women and their families may have suffered due to the Essure birth control device. We are committed to seeking just compensation for them.
If you believe that you or a loved one suffered Essure-related injuries, contact us today. We work with clients across the country. We can conduct a free case review.
We can thoroughly investigate your case, consult with medical experts and develop a strong individual claim on your behalf.
We bring more than three decades of defective medical device litigation experience to our clients. Our record includes more than $400 million recovered on behalf of our clients.
More Information About the Essure Birth Control Device
- Update on the Status of FDA’s Evaluation of the Essure System, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)\
- Bayer’s Essure Contraceptive Implant, Now With a Warning, The New York Times
- Lawsuit: Essure Didn’t Warn Women of Serious Medical Complications, ABC10 News (KXTV)