MASS TORT LIEN RESOLUTION
Paragard IUD Lien Resolution
Paragard is a hormone-free, T-shaped birth control device that doctors place in the base of a woman’s uterus. Once implanted, a layer of copper on the device prevents sperm from reaching and fertilizing an egg. Although according to the manufacturer, the device can last up to 10 years once placed inside the uterus and is removable, plaintiffs allege that the device can break during removal, leaving plastic shards that get stuck in the uterus, requiring surgical removal.
Complications with Paragard may include infertility, death, IUD breakage upon removal, surgeries, and hysterectomy. Following its original FDA approval in 1984, Paragard was given only to women in monogamous relationships with one child. After 2005, recommended patients were expanded to women of all states of reproductive life from the age of 16 to menopause. With the plaintiff’s population consisting solely of women of varying ages, all types of healthcare lien such as Medicare, Medicaid, private health insurance, and military health insurance, are possible in this litigation.