The Essure implant is a permanent birth control device which is inserted in a patient’s fallopian tubes. The device has been linked to several negative health effects, including miscarriages, severe bleeding, autoimmune problems, chronic pain, hair loss, and even death.
If you’ve suffered injuries or illness stemming from Essure, contact Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law to learn more about your legal options. Our firm is actively investigating claims involving this device and its harm to users.
Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law is focusing on cases involving women who have had Essure implanted and, over the last two years, have faced any of the following…
- The device was embedded or migrated, OR
- Client had to have a hysterectomy, OR
- Client had an unintended pregnancy, OR
- Client had to have a surgical removal or repair
Injuries Caused by Essure
Complaints against Essure have included:
- Persistent pain
- Excessive bleeding
- Unintended pregnancy
- Autoimmune problems
- Hair loss
- Tooth decay
- Migration of the coils into the pelvis or abdomen
- Perforation of the uterus or fallopian tubes
- Allergic reaction
The complications related to Essure stem from many different aspects of the device. In some cases, the device was ineffective, resulting in unwanted pregnancies. In others, the nickel used in the device caused allergic reactions and autoimmune problems. Some patients suffered significant injuries because the device malfunctioned. Many women were forced to have surgery to have the device removed.
How the Essure Implant Works
The device is implanted into the fallopian tube with a catheter. Once implanted, the coil expands and polyethylene terephthalate fibers cause inflammation and scar tissue. That scar tissue blocks the fallopian tubes.
Bayer’s Troubled History with Essure
The Essure device was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002 and touted by its manufacturer as a safe, non-surgical method of sterilization. Over 750,000 of these devices have been sold, and up to 30,000 complaints of adverse health events have been filed with the FDA.
Bayer acquired Essure in 2013 and has consistently stated that the product was safe for users. However, the manufacturer stopped sales outside of the U.S. in September 2017 and, in July 2018, announced it would halt all sales of Essure, citing a decline in sales.
Bayer’s Essure has been the source of controversy due to the high number of complaints made by women suffering from a wide range of health problems. Essure Problems, a Facebook group consisting of 37,000 users, was launched in 2011 and has provided an online community for women to share their experiences.
The Essure device is prominently featured in a Netflix documentary, The Bleeding Edge, made by Oscar-nominated documentary filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering. The documentary examines regulatory oversights and questionable corporate practices in the medical device industry. The heartbreaking stories of Essure’s victims are the centerpiece of the film.
Meanwhile, Bayer has faced a stream of litigation due to Essure. More than 16,000 plaintiffs have filed lawsuits related to the device.
At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, we are committed to helping our clients get the compensation they deserve for injuries suffered due to Essure. Contact us today for a free consultation about your case.
Holding Bayer Accountable
CNN reported in July 2018 that from 2013 to 2017, Bayer paid $2.5 million to 11,850 doctors for services related to Essure. While payments of this sort aren’t illegal, they are highly questionable ethically. Bayer wasn’t blind to the thousands of complaints about Essure when they purchased the device’s original manufacturer in 2013, yet the company continued to influence physicians and patients to use their product.
We believe that Bayer should be held accountable for the harm Essure has caused users. If you or a loved one has been harmed by Essure, don’t hesitate to contact Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law. Our legal handles a wide range of medical device-related cases, and we know what it takes to help our clients.
Damages Caused by Dangerous Medical Devices
In addition to the conditions caused by faulty medical devices, users might also experience several other consequences. Complications could lead to extensive, ongoing medical treatment, which can be incredibly expensive. These complications might also lead to time missed at work and lost income.
The pain and suffering experienced by injured women can have profound impacts on their quality of life. Chronic pain strains relationships, causes depression, and affects work performance. For women who were led to believe they were choosing a safe form of birth control, the harm suffered by Essure and the repeated denials from Bayer about the safety of the device are unacceptable.
We encourage you to reach out to Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law today for help. Terry Bryant is a Board Certified attorney and former judge in Texas. We have helped clients across the state with cases involving harmful medical devices. Put our experience to work on your behalf.
Call 1 (800) 444-5000 now for a free consultation.