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The serious, dire warnings of the television commercials soliciting callers for “IUD” litigation and “Mirena lawsuits” are unavoidable. But what is an “IUD” and what is the litigation about?

The phrase “IUD”, as it is commonly used, is an abbreviation for “intra-uterine device”, a type of birth control method where a small piece of plastic, shaped like a “T” , is inserted into a women’s uterus to prevent pregnancy. The IUD’s available in the United States contain either copper or hormones, which interfere with pregnancy by impacting the way the sperm move, preventing them from joining with the egg. Along with other potential benefits, this method of birth control can be the least expensive and longest lasting, with some sources indicating the copper IUD can last for over 10 years.

Unfortunately, the intended benefits have not always been realized by the patients, the members of the public that are implanted with the products. Complications and side effects from the use of the IUD’s include puncture of the uterus, infection, death, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), bleeding, inflammation, infertility, abscesses, permanent pelvic pain, and a myriad of other horrific, life-altering issues.

The bulk of the litigation assert product liability claims against the manufacturers, and those involved therein, claiming essentially that the products were unsafe and/or unfit for their intended purpose. Further claims may arise from any acts or omissions by medical practitioners that caused or contributed to the injuries suffered by the patient.

Many times, a single set of facts or circumstances can give rise to multiple types of litigation or claims. Because some claims are worth more than others, or face limitations that others do not, it is important to consult with an experienced attorney to develop of course of action that will maximize your ability to fully recover for your injuries. At Heiting & Irwin, our attorneys have over 100 years combined experience representing the interests of people who have been harmed by the actions of others. We offer free consultations, a warm and inviting office, and a friendly staff to anyone interested in speaking about a potential legal matter. If YOU would like to speak with someone about your circumstances, please call our office at (951) 682-6400 for a free consultation.

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