Essure Birth Control
Essure was originally approved by the FDA as a Class III medical device in 2002. This implant could technically be considered a form of tube litigation, although it does not involve tying the tubes together like other methods. The Essure medical implant device is designed to block the eggs from moving through the patient’s fallopian tubes as a preventative measure against fertilization or implantation.
Essure Side Effects, Complications and Injuries
According to the FDA, the agency has received over 26,000 adverse effects reports about Essure birth control as of January 2018. Medical complications associated with the Essure implants have caused death to a number of patients. Some of the more common injuries and side effects caused by the Bayer Essure birth control implant include:
- Abdominal pain
- Allergies to nickel
- Autoimmune disorders
- Device breakage
- Device displacement
- Heavy Periods
- Severe Pelvic Pain
- Weight Gain
- Additional surgeries
- Hair loss
- Brain fog
- Rashes or itching
- Severe or chronic pain
- Unintended pregnancy
- Weight fluctuations
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Fetal death
- Device breakage, migration or expulsion
- Perforation of the uterus, colon or another organ
- Migraine headaches
- Menstruation problems
Can Essure Be Removed Or Reversed?
Essure is a permanent medical implant that is not designed to be reversed. This type of hysteroscopic sterilization does not require any incisions. The implant is a soft, metallic spring-like device that is wound in synthetic fibers. The metal component is comprised of a nickel titanium outer coil that expands and a stainless-steel inner coil.
The device is implanted into the patient’s fallopian tubes, where the synthetic fibers surrounding the inner and outer soft, metal coils are designed to encourage scar tissue growth that will create a barrier preventing sperm from reaching the eggs.
However, complications often arise if the device breaks a part inside the patient. Attempts to remove the device with hysterectomies still lead to medical complications or health issues for many patients. Even when the implant is successfully removed, the contraceptive effects may not be reversible.
After a year or so, many patients have needed to undergo additional surgeries to have the Essure implant removed or to have their internal organs repaired. A number of female patients have undergone hysterectomies to have the device removed and continue to suffer complications. Some patients have died as a result of these complications.
Women suffering after receiving the birth control implant need to have a doctor properly diagnosis their injuries. Physicians can help identify the causation link between the victim’s suffering and the Essure device. Whenever possible, patients should be examined by a doctor as soon as possible if the symptoms associated with the implant start to occur.
A doctor should examine the Essure device to identify defects or potential hazards impairing the victim’s health. Bayer’s decision to take Essure off the market was primarily because of the all the pressure they were getting from victims and regulating authorities worldwide over the variety of health complications and injuries the device caused.
If you have suffered through additional surgeries or subsequent injuries caused by the Essure implant, contact a lawyer today to discuss your options.
Essure Cases, Settlements and Verdicts
All of the Essure lawsuits are still in early stages of the litigation, so there haven’t been any settlements or verdicts reached yet. So far, most of the lawsuits have been consolidated in states such as California which has the largest number of Essure lawsuits currently pending.
Judge Winifred Y Smith of the Alameda County Superior Court in California who is presiding over claims of 13,000 women who have been injured by the Essure birth control device has made an order on March 27, 2018 for the attorneys representing the victims to agree to one master complaint to guide all the victims against the defendant, Bayer Corporation.
Judge Smith has also signalled her intention to speed up the lawsuit process and move these cases more quickly to trial. The developments in the California courts has recently caused an explosion of lawsuit filing across the country who will likely be following the same procedures of Judge Smith and the California courts.
Essure patients in every state are suffering from health complications and it is important to learn the legal rights to compensation victims have from the harmful complications caused from the Essure birth control device.
Women all over the country have been traumatized and injured by Essure, but the fight against Bayer over this device is still in the early stages. There has been no shortage of grassroots movements, protests and advocacy groups pushing this issue to the forefront.
The latest Essure lawsuits were filed in Pennsylvania federal courts during February and April 2018. The first Essure cases to go to trial are probably going to be the California lawsuits. The first cases to go to trial can often set the precedent for many of the other lawsuits that will soon follow.
Plaintiffs in these Essure lawsuits may receive compensation for:
- Lost time from work
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship
- Medical bills
- Loss of quality of life
The more attention Essure lawsuits get and the more successful these cases are in court, the more likely other victims are to be compensated for their losses. If you feel you may be one of the women suffering because of an Essure birth control implant, contact a lawyer immediately to discuss how you can pursue legal restitution to recoup your losses.
Essure Class Action Lawsuits
There haven’t been any class action Essure lawsuits filed in the US. Lawyers in theses cases have been filing personal injury lawsuits instead. According to Bayer, as of April 2018, there have been two lawsuits in North America pursuing class action certification. Bayer’s financial reports show there are now over 16,000 Essure lawsuits filed independently, but no multidistrict litigation cases have been approved by federal courts yet.