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IUD Injury Lawsuits

Intrauterine Devices (IUD) are a popular choice of women for birth control. But, some women experience dangerous complications. IUD injury lawsuits may be able to help women wrongfully harmed by these devices. But, not everyone qualifies for a lawsuit. If you are researching IUD lawsuits, we have some helpful information.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Not all IUD complications or injuries will be eligible to file a claim. Read below to discover more about IUD injury claims.

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What Is An IUD?

An IUD is a small “T” shaped device placed inside the patient’s uterus. A doctor or nurse installs the IUD in a quick procedure. The device works to prevent pregnancy by creating an environment inhospitable to conception.

IUDs have a 99% success rate of preventing pregnancy, but the devices are not 100% effective. There are 5 brands of intrauterine devices approved for use in the US. IUDs were approved by the FDA in the United States in 1984.

Types Of IUDs

IUDs are split into 2 types. Women interested in an IUD birth control can choose from progestin (hormone) or copper (non-hormonal) devices. IUD as a form of birth control is more popular than it has ever been. With the rise in popularity comes an increase in women who experience complications. What are the advantages and disadvantages of an IUD as a form of birth control?

Advantages Of An IUD

For many women, an IUD offers many advantages to other forms of birth control. The insertion of the device is very quick and may only be slightly uncomfortable for most patients. Devices can last from 3 to 12 years. Additionally, a patient may opt to have the device removed if their family planning needs change.

Effective Form Of Birth Control

IUDs are one of the most effective forms of birth control. Planned Parenthood states IUDs are one of the best birth control methods out there – with a 99% success rate. Since they are very long-lasting, there is no need for a daily or monthly reminder, as opposed to oral contraceptives and other forms of hormonal birth control.

Problems With IUDs

While IUDs are a good form of birth control for most women, other women have experienced complications from the contraceptive device. It is important to know all of the risks and factors associated with the device. Patients must educate themselves on the risks of any medical procedure and/or device to make an informed decision.

Disadvantages Of IUDs?

If IUDs are a great form of birth control, why are oral contraceptives still more popular in the United States? While there are many benefits to using an IUD as a form of birth control, there are some downsides to the device.

Medical Installation

The IUD installation and removal process is a medical procedure. Like any medical procedure, there is a chance the procedure won’t go according to plan. There may be complications outside of the doctor’s control or the doctor may make a mistake. This is true of the installation and/or removal of the IUD.

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Known Complications With IUDs

There are known problems, complications, and risks associated with IUDs. A patient must understand the possible problems, complications, and risks for the IUD before it is installed.

Known complications include several dangerous situations that can cause permanent harm. IUD complications can include (but are not limited to):

  • infection
  • perforation
  • migration – movement to another area of the body
  • missing device
  • expulsion
  • broken device – after insertion or during removal
  • infertility
  • surgical removal

These are some of the known complications that are disclosed to patients before they undergo IUD installation. It is the responsibility of the patient to understand the disclosed risks before they undergo the procedure to install the IUD. 

Patients who experience known complications typically do not have grounds for a successful IUD injury claim. If you suffer from known and disclosed complications or IUD injury, we are not able to help you with an IUD injury lawsuit.

Do I Qualify For An IUD Injury Lawsuit?

There are some situations where an injury or complication is the result of medical malpractice. This type of injury is not caused by the device itself, but with the medical provider during the installation or removal of the IUD.

Medical Malpractice IUD Injury

When is an IUD injury medical malpractice? Situations that qualify as medical malpractice may be eligible for an IUD injury claim. These situations can include:

  • IUD installation on a pregnant patient
  • insertion too deep or at too sharp of an angle
  • failure to verify IUD is properly installed
  • migration due to improper installation

The above situations alone are not enough for a valid medical malpractice claim. Patients will also need to prove they have a serious and/or permanent injury as a result of the malpractice.

Medical Malpractice Attorney In Pennsylvania

Kane & Silverman is a personal injury law firm with medical malpractice attorneys in Pennsylvania. If you have questions about a medical malpractice injury contact us for a free consultation with a medical malpractice attorney.