Product Liability Lawyer In West Virginia
Bayer has opted to discontinue selling the defective medical device, Essure, a birth control implant. As of July 20th, 2018, many women in West Virginia are still dealing with unanticipated side effects of this once popular birth control method. While women wished to have control over when or if they wanted to start a family, the side effects seen with this device were overbearing. Women who used this product weren’t given all of the information needed to make an informed decision as to whether or not it was right for their needs. As a result, many Essure lawsuits across West Virginia have been filed.
What is Essure?
A non-surgical form of birth control, Essure offered a permanent way to prevent pregnancy, making it an attractive method for women to choose when to have a baby. Many women found that they could return to their regular routines almost immediately after the procedure. There was no healing or recovery time required thanks to the easy insertion process.
The device was nothing more than two coils that inserted into the patient’s fallopian tubes. The coils brought about scar tissues and the closing of the fallopian tubes. The idea was that when the tubes were closed, pregnancy could not occur. The only drawback believed to be associated with the device was the need for another form of birth control until this scar tissue formed.
Undisclosed Side Effects
Many women became pregnant after having the device installed, while others reported they had painful cramping, pain in their abdomen, allergic reactions, and more. Other women found that they suffered from nausea and vomiting as well as bloating and irregular periods, continuous discomfort, and itchy skin.
Now known to migrate, some women found that their fallopian tubes or uterus were perforated after the insertion of Essure. The device has also broken in some cases causing ectopic pregnancies. Some women even lost their lives following the use of the device.
Legal Action Taken by Women
Numerous women are now suing the company, stating that Bayer did not disclose all possible side effects. These lawsuits were first filed back in 2015, but continue on to this day. Federal preemption, however, is making it difficult for those who do choose to sue. The FDA allowed the use of Essure after putting it through rigorous clinical testing and the agency’s Pre-market Approval Process. This process shields Bayer from any product liability lawsuits that may arise.
Any woman who used Essure and experienced side effects should contact Pat Jacobs for a free consultation. You deserve to get the compensation that you need and will be a great help to ensure that this harmful product does not end up back on the market.