The Essure lawsuit continues to move forward. Essure is a permanent birth control method that Bayer advertised as an alternative to a tubal ligation. Dozens of Essure lawsuits were filed against Bayer because of injuries and pregnancies that occurred after women chose to use the device. Now, a legal decision has been made in how the Essure lawsuits will be handled.
What Is Essure?
Essure is a permanent birth control implant for women that Bayer marketed as an alternative to tubal ligation. It’s considered less invasive since the procedure of putting the implant into the body isn’t as major as a tubal ligation. The Essure implant is placed into the fallopian tubes. The copper coils are meant to cause scar tissue to build up in the fallopian tubes to stop the egg that is released by the ovaries from traveling down the fallopian tube and entering the uterus.
Despite the promise initially shown by the device, thousands of women developed serious issues that were reported to the FDA. Among some of the reported injuries include severe pelvic and abdominal pain, allergic or hypersensitivity induced reactions to the device, the development of autoimmune disease, abnormal bleeding, and even pregnancy. The removal of the device may result in an invasive medical procedure.
Essure Lawsuits Begin
Essure was approved for use by the FDA in 2002. Since that time, more than half a million women elected to receive the device. Since 2002, the FDA has received over 5,000 reports of injury. Essure lawsuits are now pending against its manufacturer citing defective design, negligence, failure to warn the public about the risks associated with the device, breach of implied and express warranty, fraud, willfully concealing the dangers of the device, misrepresenting the device’s safety and effectiveness, and improper training of medical professionals on how to implant the device. Essure lawsuits were first filed in 2012, and continue to be filed by victims.
What’s Next for the Essure Lawsuits?
In California, Judge Winifred Smith (Alameda County) recently issued a case management order for dozens of California Essure lawsuits. A case management order explains to the lawyers involved how the Judge would like the division of labor handled for such a large number of cases regarding the same product and claims made against it.
The Essure lawsuits are not a class action. Rather, Judge Smith is administering some of the matters on a joint basis in order to speed up the resolution for the victims. Streamlining the case management of the Essure lawsuits will benefit both the court system and the parties.
Were You Injured by an Essure Implant?
If you or someone you love was injured or became pregnant after receiving an Essure implant, call Goldwater Law Firm. We’re ready to evaluate your case for no charge. Consultations are free and totally confidential. Goldwater Law Firm has a track record of successful representation of people who have been hurt or injured because of a defective medical device or medication. To learn more about how Goldwater Law Firm may be able to help you file an Essure lawsuit, contact us today.