After many deaths and many thousands of serious injuries, action is finally being taken against the pharmaceutical company Bayer. Bayer acquired the Conceptus Company which is responsible for the original manufacturing and distribution of Essure.
Essure is an innovative plan for birth control that involves implanting a device that will promote scarring in the fallopian tubes. Los Angeles Essure lawsuits have been on the rise since it has become clear that this device was designed and implanted with a lack of understanding of how it would affect the health and even cause death for women across the planet.
If you have used this device and suffered injuries because of it, you will need the service of mass tort attorneys in Los Angeles. Call Dalimonte Rueb Stoller today at (833) 44-DRLAW to learn how we can help..
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Essure was approved and made available for the public in 2002, its approval was conditional on future studies to ensure it was safe for use. But, these studies were never completed. All the while, the use of these products revealed some serious flaws and hair-raising findings.
30,000 complaints or formal reports had been submitted to Conceptus within the first 10 years of Essure being tested on a large customer pool. Despite this, Conceptus made no effort to warn the general public, the medical community, or the FDA. Failing to notify the general public of the considerable risk associated with the use of this product.
Bayer, the company that acquired Conceptus and is now the manufacturer of Essure, has stated that its product is 99.8% effective in its intended use. But, according to the experts at Contraception, these figures are considerably inflated. There are a wide range of factors surrounding the use of this device that can impact its function and lead to an unplanned pregnancy. Furthermore, the device itself can become dislodged or placed properly and this may result in insemination and pregnancy.
So far, Conceptus has been unable to submit any clear statistics on the use of their product as it has only been in the 22 to 44 age bracket. Furthermore, all investigations ceased after 5 years and there was no further investigation done.
Lawsuits Against Essure
More than 16,000 lawsuits were filed against Bayer and Conceptus. These lawsuits were made by women who had used the Essure birth control system and suffered abdominal damage from it.b Attorneys argue that if any of the patients had been made aware of these risks they would have opted for an alternative method of birth control.
What Are Some Risks From Essure?
The FDA has been able to gather some information concerning the risk associated with the Essure device. Some of the short risks involved with its use include vaginal bleeding, cramping, and back pain.
But, it is the long-term risks that are far more frightful. Some of the long term risks involved with Essure include:
- Unintended pregnancy
- Potentially fatal ectopic pregnancy
- Migration of the device
- Puncturing of the uterus or fallopian tubes
- Allergic reaction
- Autoimmune Issues
- Joint pain
Surgical removal of the device may be necessary. If the device were to fracture, it is quite likely that the individual will need multiple surgeries to remove the device. It is often that the removal of the device will also require a hysterectomy. Many women chose the Essure device in an effort to avoid needing to remove the uterus.
Since there have been over 26,000 reports of failures by these Essure products to function as intended the FDA has now taken action against the manufacturers of this device. Most of the reports made have come from women who chose the Essure device over other options because they believed it was a safer choice.
There were many serious problems associated with Essure implants including heavier menstruation, recurring headaches, abdominal pain, device migration, and weight gain
Has The FDA Issued Any Warnings Or Recalls For Essure?
In 2015, the FDA took action. They arranged a meeting with the experts of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee. Here they discussed various case files, scientific and clinical options, and other important details surrounding the use of the Essure device. After this meeting, the FDA issued a mandate that Bayer survey the market. More specifically, Bayer would need to conduct a study that investigated the risks and benefits of the product more carefully.
Further action was taken in November 2016 when the FDA required Bayer to place a black box on all their products warning users that the Essure device can cause abdominal pains, perforations, and other injuries and complications.
Can I Get Compensation if I File a Lawsuit Against Essure?
If you have suffered injury from the use of an Essure device seek legal recourse right away. It is quite likely that you are entitled to compensation. Some of the damages you will be entitled to may include:
- Past and future medical bills
- Past and future pain as well as suffering
- Economic losses associated with your injuries
- Wage loss if from time spent away from work
- Punitive damages, when appropriate
How Much Can I Get From A Los Angeles Essure Lawsuit?
It is hard to give a simple answer without further knowledge of the case. At the moment there are no large group settlements in place from the Essure manufacturers. The litigation to a case like this may take many years to complete. Furthermore, your lawyers will have the responsibility of proving how your injuries and suffering could have been prevented and this could take a very long time.
Only an experienced professional in Los Angeles, CA, will be able to take a look at the details of your case and give you a clearer idea of what your chances are for full compensation.
Contact an Essure Lawyer for a Free Consultation
If you have had any issues associated with an Essure implant, it is imperative that you take the right steps to receive compensation and representation. By working with a Los Angeles class-action law firm experienced in this type of case you can bolster your case and have a better chance of obtaining the compensation you really deserve.
Don’t hesitate to make your free consultations at the law offices of Dalimonte Rueb Stoller. Our specialists in medical law will help you understand your case and what you can do to prepare your lawsuit.