What is Essure?
Essure is a medical device made of nickel and shaped like a coil that is permanently inserted in the patient’s fallopian tubes to prevent pregnancy. Essure is marketed as the only permanent birth control option available to women in the United States.
How does Essure work?
The Essure insert is placed inside the patient’s fallopian tubes and is meant to work with the body to form a natural barrier, keeping sperm from reaching any eggs and therefore preventing pregnancy. It takes time for the natural barrier to form, so patients are encouraged to use an alternative form of birth control until their doctor verifies Essure is working correctly.
When do complications arise?
Various problems occur when Essure migrates or “uncoils” from its original insertion point to other parts of the body. Once dislodged the device may cause severe pain and other serious side effects within a woman’s body requiring surgical removal. In addition, women have reported numerous side effects with Essure even if migration or “uncolinling” did not occur.
What complications are associated with Essure?
· Abdominal pain
· Chronic pain
· Embedment in the uterine wall
· Hormonal changes
· Internal bleeding
· Irregular periods
· Lower back pain
· Memory Loss
· Pain during intercourse
· Pelvic pain
· Weight gain
· Vaginal bleeding
What should I do if I use Essure and am experiencing side effects?
If you are having complications it is important to seek medical advice. Also, keep all records including appointment dates and times, medical expenses, and medical records. This information is important if you want to legally pursue your case.
Can Essure successfully be removed?
The Essure device may be removed by a doctor. In some cases Essure may only be removed through painful surgical intervention, including a hysterectomy.
How do I know if I have a case?
The attorneys at Stephan Zouras, LLP will help you determine if your situation merits a lawsuit. We understand the emotional and physical pain associated with product negligence and are committed to providing free legal evaluation in a compassionate, confidential manner.
If I have a case, am I suing my doctor?
No. The claims are against the makers of the Essure device, Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, for failing to test the device prior to going to market and for designing a defective product.
How much does an Essure lawsuit cost?
At Stephan Zouras, LLP we work on a contingency fee basis, meaning as a client you do not pay any attorney fees unless we recover money damages on your behalf. With a successful outcome, we receive a percentage of the recovery which is outlined in our client agreement.
How much money should I expect?
Once a successful outcome has been determined, your total compensation will be based on your injuries and other damages. You may be compensated for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, permanent disability, spousal loss of consortium and emotional distress.
Is there a deadline to file a lawsuit?
Yes. There is a statute of limitations, which is usually 2-3 years. Depending on which state the injury occurred determines the timeframe. Because we represent clients across the United States, the legal team at Stephan Zouras, LLP can help you with state specific laws.
Are there other Essure lawsuits?
Yes. There are currently several lawsuits filed and we anticipate many more. Thousands of women have filed complaints with the FDA. The FDA Obstetrics and Gynecology Devices advisory panel was recently criticized for not adhering to gold-standard studies when testing the Essure device.
Why should I choose Stephan Zouras, LLP as my legal counsel?
We are aggressive advocates who care about our clients, their families, and the sensitivity associated with physical and emotional pain. We strive to maximize our clients’ recovery while attending to their individual needs. Our track record of success speaks for itself. With over $100M in settlements and verdicts, we work diligently to get our clients the results they deserve.
Contact us for a free and confidential consultation to determine if our firm is right for you.