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Defective medical devices, like Mirena, can cause serious harm

Many female West Virginia residents have turned to their doctor after having a baby to find the best possible birth control. Some have trouble remembering to take a pill every day, while others don't want to deal with the weight gain that is common with birth control shots. This leaves some of the more recent technological advancements that have been made available by pharmaceutical companies. Unfortunately, this also opens women up to the risk of defective medical devices.

One such birth control is the Mirena IUD, which is a plastic device shaped like the letter T. It is placed by a health care professional in the uterus. In order to prevent pregnancy, it will release a hormone that will help keep sperm from entering into the uterus. It is marketed to be a safe and effective birth control method that can function for as many as five years. Unfortunately, there have been many civil actions brought against the manufacturer over the years due to complications and injuries caused by the birth control system.

The IUD is known to perforate the cervix or uterine wall or migrate from the uterus. It may also lead to various infections and even result in pelvic inflammatory disease. Women may experience headaches, ovarian cysts and pelvic pain, which can lead to excessive bleeding and other dangerous health problems. When complications arise, the device must be removed. In severe cases, this can sometimes require surgery and repair of internal organs that have been damaged.

Companies that create and manufacturer products for consumers that cause injuries may be liable under the product liability law, which requires that products meet certain safety standards and expectations. Defective medical devices do not stand up to this rule. Women here in West Virginia who have been injured by Mirena or any other medical device may want to consider protecting their legal rights while understanding what legal options are on the table in order to recover due compensation for the harm caused.

Source: FindLaw, "Mirena Complications and Injuries", Accessed on April 13, 2015

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