Side Effects and Risks of Mirena

An intrauterine device (IUD) seems like the perfect solution for the busy woman who doesn’t have time or inclination to take an oral contraception everyday. Mirena is a t-shaped IUD placed within the uterus by a healthcare provider to prevent pregnancy for up to five years, according to the manufacturer Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals. Mirena consists of two arms a stem, a reservoir for levonorgestrel hormone, and thin threads for monthly self-checks. But how does Mirena work and what are the associated risks?

The Mirena IUD releases small amounts of a hormone called levonorgestrel into the uterus. Mirena works by inhibiting sperm from reaching and fertilizing the egg, thinning the uterine lining, and thickening cervical mucus to prevent sperm from entering the uterus. Mirena is also reversible meaning it can be removed if women want to try to get pregnant right away.

There are a number of side effects and risks associated with Mirena including ovarian cysts, irregular bleeding and spotting, pelvic inflammatory disease, and more. Many women have cited issues with Mirena, filing lawsuits against Bayer. The most common complaints are device migration, ectopic pregnancy, uterine perforation, and pelvic inflammatory disease. With device migration and uterine perforation, surgery is typically needed not only to remove the device but also to repair damage done to the organs. Ectopic pregnancies, while rare, have very serious health consequences for both the mother and child.

Is the convenience of not taking a pill everyday worth the potential risks? In my personal opinion, no it is not. Although IUDs are very effective in preventing pregnancy when used correctly, the risks of device migration and uterine perforation among other dangerous side effects far outweigh the benefits of convenience. Women have a number of other options when it comes to birth control, including shots, the pill, and patches to name a few.

According to LawyersandSettlements.com, the most common complaint in the lawsuits involves uterine perforation and device migration; however, pseudotumor cerebri (PTC) and idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) have been cited as two side effects that have to do with a dangerous buildup of fluid around the brain, causing blurred vision among other issues.

In one case, a woman from New Jersey, Brittany Collins, filed a lawsuit against Bayer for PTC. After receiving the Mirena IUD in 2011, Collins shortly began to experience a number of side effects, including “severe headaches, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, dizziness, nausea, and pain in her neck and shoulders.” Collins was then diagnosed with PTC almost three years later, which means the plaintiff has had three lumbar punctures to relieve the buildup of pressure on her brain and optic nerve.

Plaintiffs argue that Bayer engaged in deceptive marketing by concealing information and backing a defective product without warning consumers of the potentially dangerous side effects. According to Spiros Law, P.C., the law firm has included Mirena as part of a mass tort lawsuit against Bayer.

Personal Injury: Types and Cases

Have you been personally injured? Personal injury law is very broad, encompassing many different situations and cases. Unfortunately, some people may have been personally injured and not even realize that they are eligible to receive financial compensation to help with the costs associated with their injury. After an injury or accident, many people might simply accept the fault as their own, even if that isn’t the case. To help prevent this, we will explore some of the many types of personal injury cases represented by the Spiros Law firm. This list is not comprehensive and some personal injuries might not be covered here. To be certain, you should contact a lawyer with any questions.

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice refers to any behavior by a medical professional that is unreasonable or contrary to common practice which results in either intentional or unintentional harm to a patient. This can include misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, unnecessary surgeries or medications, etc. Medical malpractice can be considered personal injury – if you believe you have a case, contact an attorney for more information.

Car Accidents

Personal injuries from car accidents may not be your fault. If another driver caused your accident, or if you were a passenger in a car and sustained an injury due to the recklessness or negligence of the driver, you may be eligible to receive financial compensation to help cover the costs of your injury.

Defective Drugs & Devices

Drug/medical device manufacturing companies have a responsibility to discontinue defective products and report any problems for the health of its customers. In some cases, companies and/or doctors knowingly distribute poorly made or dangerous drugs and medical devices. This can have serious and devastating results on patients’ health.

Trucking Accidents

Trucking accidents can be catastrophic and induced by many different things including reckless driving, companies over working drivers, overloading trucks, etc. If you were involved in a trucking accident and sustained an injury, you should contact an attorney to determine if you are eligible for financial compensation.

Nursing Home Abuse

Personal injury, unfortunately, even extends into nursing homes. Some people are physically, emotionally, and even financially abused in nursing homes. Injuries can come from beatings, berating, bullying, theft, neglect, etc. If you or someone you love has fallen victim to any injuries sustained in a nursing home, you might have a case for personal injury.

Product Liability

Product liability is similar to defective drugs/devices. Product manufacturers are liable to their customers and shouldn’t sell any products that might have adverse health effects. In certain cases, if companies fail to enact product recalls or if the product design was knowingly faulty, manufacturers can be held financially responsible for any damages that are caused.

Premises Liability

Premises Liability is a complicated type of law. It covers personal injuries that are sustained while on another’s property. These injuries can be caused by slips, falls, dangerous buildings, chemical poisoning, etc. If you were harmed on another’s property, you might have a case for personal injury.

What is Wrongful Termination?

Employees can be fired for almost any reason, because employment is usually “at will.” But the key word there is almost, because there are certain reasons that are just not acceptable. If an employee has been fired because of an unacceptable reason, it can be said that he has been a victim of wrongful termination.

The website of the Leichter Law Firm mentions that those who have been wrongfully terminated may have legal options, but they should seek legal help immediately, because most of the time, there is only a specified period in which they can take their case to court.

But how can wrongful termination occur? Below are some of the most common ways.

Breach of Contract or Policy

If a person has been terminated in a way that violates the contract he has signed with the employer, he may have a wrongful termination case in front of him. The same can be said for an employee who has been terminated in a way that violates the employment policies of the employer.

Discrimination

One of the most controversial aspects of employment is discrimination. An employee can be said to be wrongfully terminated if he has been fired directly because of his inherent features, such as age, ethnicity, race, and sex, or personal preferences, such as gender and religion. It can also be argued that those who have been fired because of pregnancy have been wrongfully terminated.

Malicious Termination

There are also instances wherein employers act maliciously for their own benefit, often resulting into the detriment of the employees. For example, if an employer fabricates reasons to terminate you so it can replace you with someone who is willing to accept less pay, you may be a victim of wrongful termination.

Retaliation

Retaliation is mostly about abuse of power, wherein the employer terminates an employee who is starting to become a legal threat to the organization, such as those who expose their employers’ illegal activities and those who file workers’ compensation claims.

Swimming Pool Defects and Their Dangers

Swimming pools are popular recreational areas, especially during the summer. For this reason, many people are also vulnerable to accidents and injuries. Many of the swimming pool accidents that occur are caused by defects on the swimming pool itself.
According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, pool owners or managers may be legally responsible for the damages and may be required to compensate you for the medical expenses related to the injury, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other accident-related expenses.

Common Defects
Defects may involve the swimming pool itself or the equipment or service that complement it. For the swimming pool itself, the defects may involve the drains, pumps, and pool filters, putting swimmers in danger of suction entrapment, drowning, and explosion and shrapnel injuries.

Defective equipment may include diving boards, ladders, and slides. Even slippery swimming pool edges and the lack of barriers can be considered defects. Slippery edges can cause slip and fall accidents, and the victims may sustain injuries in the head, neck, back, arms, legs, or hips. The lack of barriers make the pool too accessible for children and the elderly, putting them at risk of falling and drowning.

Service problems around pool areas include inadequate security, lack of supervision for the physically limited, such as the children and elderly, and the lack of available safety equipment and warning signs.

Common Injuries
Drowning is the most common issue associated with swimming pool accidents, but it is important to note that not all swimming pool accidents involve drowning. Swimmers may also be vulnerable to injuries to the head, neck, shoulders, and back, because of slip and fall accidents and unsafe diving practices. Muscle and joint issues, such as sprains, can also be sustained because of slippery substances on the edge of the pool or on the floor of the pool itself.

Some injuries are also not that animated, such as those that involve chlorine, other disinfectants, and water-born bacteria. This may cause irritation to the eyes, skin, and on the worst instances, to the lungs.

Surgical Error – Often a Consequence of Negligence

Many medical facilities owners, like owners of hospitals or clinics, believe that keeping a roster of good doctors, specialist and highly-qualified nurses, continuous technological development that will lead to service upgrade, and making sure that patients are diagnosed correctly and given timely treatment, are the best means to display commitment in the provision of quality patient care.

This is not the case in many other medical institutions or facilities, however, as can be proven by the fact that these institutions have, time and again, been said to be having bad doctors or that these are just poorly managed due of the frequency of medical mistakes which result to injuries and patient death. Due to the lack of authentic concern to patients and the errors made in patient care, many hospitals, doctors, and other medical professionals, have been the addressees of many legal claims for damages.

Medical malpractice, which refers to acts of negligence by a health care professional or provider that result to i sub-standard treatment which, in turn, results to injury or death to a patient is one frightening reality in the United States that occurs much frequently than any one may realize. It can be maddening to know that this malpractice if nothing more than a consequence of negligence or carelessness of medical experts – a grave failure to provide the quality care that they promised to give and which patients rightly deserve. In 2010 alone, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services made a report regarding the death of about 180,000 Medicare patients; this is a small figure, though, according to a study that the Journal of Patient Safety printed, wherein figures ranged between 210,000 and 440,000.

One particular example of medical malpractice, which continues to cause great harm to patients is surgical error. Errors committed in the surgical room includes surgery performed on a wrong patient, incorrect surgical procedure, surgery on the wrong site, incorrect dosage of anesthesia, improper suturing, mishandling of surgical instruments, foreign objects inside body cavity, and post-surgical complications.

West Palm Beach personal injury attorneys know that negligent surgeons are capable of performing life-altering surgical errors that may leave a patient permanently injured or in need of expensive corrective treatment. Thus, if a mistake is committed, it may be for the good of the victim (and others who may end up as victims) to hold the negligent medical staff responsible for the injury that he/she has caused.