Warshafsky Delivers Bitter Pill to Pharmaceutical Companies
Every day, women around the world put their trust in the large pharmaceutical companies that manufacture their birth control pills and devices. The widely held assumption is if a big drug company is advertising their products on TV they must have been tested and shown to be safe.
Unfortunately, this isn’t exactly the case.
The truth is many companies knowingly misrepresent and withhold information on the dangers of their birth control products. If you have suffered any of the horrible problems associated with these products, or if someone you care about has died from them, Warshafsky Law is here to help you secure the maximum compensation possible. Not just for your losses, but for all the pain and suffering you have endured.
More importantly, we’re here to help send a message to these big pharmaceutical companies. Specifically: Women aren’t going to give them a pass for their lies and recklessness.
A Tale Of Two Birth Controls, And Thousands of Lawsuits
In the United States, two of the most popular birth control methods on the market come from the German pharmaceuticals giant, The Bayer Group: Mirena and YAZ.
Mirena IUD Lawsuits
Mirena is an intrauterine device (IUD) which has been in used in Europe since 1991, (as well as China and Mexico). In 2000, the device was approved by the FDA for use in the USA and quickly became a popular choice for birth control.
Since going on the market, however, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has had over 45,000 reports of problems. Some of the most common issues reported are:
- Extreme bloating
- Recurring lightheadedness and nausea
- Dislocation and spontaneous expulsion of the device
- Vaginal hemorrhaging
- Perforation of the uterine wall or intestine
- Life-threatening ectopic pregnancies (pregnancies occurring outside the uterus).
What makes Mirena so dangerous is its tendency to move from the uterus into other parts of the body. One young woman (one of many) was concerned about the growing number of problems caused by the device and wanted hers removed. What should have been a simple surgery became far more complicated when the surgeon found the device wasn’t in her uterus anymore—it had migrated into her abdomen. Another surgery was required to take it out!
Most Mirena lawsuits are based on injuries caused by the device migrating within the body. Perforations of the uterus and intestinal wall are most common, along with ectopic pregnancies. What makes these cases so outrageous is that the manufacturer had full knowledge of these problems before the product was launched in the United States, yet downplayed the complications as “uncommon” in an attempt to conceal just how harmful the product could be.
Amazingly, the Mirena IUD is still on the market and, yes, still causing problems. At a cost of $800, the device has generated well over a billion dollars of revenue for Bayer—more than compensating for their pricey ad campaigns and ever-growing legal bills.
YAZ Birth Control Pill Lawsuits
Bayer’s YAZ birth control pill (along with its lower dose version Yasmin and the generic version Ocella) hit the US market in 2006 with a splashy ad campaign touting it as a birth control/acne treatment/premenstrual syndrome (PMS) reliever all wrapped up in one. Young women flocked to it.
Then the problems started.
It wasn’t the usual headaches, nausea or cramping which are sometimes associated with birth control pills. These problems were far more serious. Young, healthy women were suddenly having major circulatory system problems. Among them, pulmonary embolisms, deep vein thrombosis and blood clots. Some even died from them.
Perhaps one of the saddest reports involved a young college student who was prescribed YAZ to treat a bad acne problem. Her well-meaning, but ill-informed doctor wasn’t aware of the high incidence of deadly blood clots in European women who were on YAZ—even though they occurred years before the product was even launched in the U.S. No one had any idea just how serious the risk was because Bayer kept it hidden.
Shortly after the girl went on YAZ, she developed a blood clot in her brain and went into a coma. Her parents kept her school backpack full of textbooks slung over her desk chair at home, hoping one day she’d wake up and life would go back to normal. But she never came out of the coma. After 5 years, she passed away.
The adverse reactions caused by YAZ were linked to a new type of synthetic progesterone known as drospirenone. The drospirenone in YAZ causes elevated levels of potassium, which can lead to an increased risk of blood clots, heart arrhythmias, strokes, embolisms and sudden death. To date, use of YAZ, Yasmine and Ocella has been linked to at least 50 deaths.
Despite paying over $402 million in settlements by 2012, the money Bayer Pharmaceuticals rakes in from YAZ, Yasmine and Ocella sales makes their payments on lawsuits seem like pocket change. Although the FDA required Bayer to add a long litany of warnings to their website and product literature, YAZ is still on the market, doctors are still prescribing it, and women are still taking it.
INJURED? It IS About The Money.®
Milwaukee Personal Injury Attorneys on Filing a Birth Control Lawsuit
If you or someone you care about has suffered serious side effects from Mirena or YAZ (including Yasmine or Ocella), you are entitled under Wisconsin law to pursue legal action to recover any medical expenses you incurred, as well as lost income due to missing work and compensation for pain and suffering.
The Milwaukee personal injury offices of Warshafsky Law are staffed by attorneys who aren’t afraid to take on Goliath. Unlike other personal injury law firms who are quick to settle for whatever an insurance company offers to make a lawsuit go away, Warshafsky Law prepares every case from day one as if it will go before a judge and jury.
And what a difference it makes!
Our willingness to take cases to trial has resulted in some of the largest financial awards in Wisconsin history and a growing number of society changing judgments—judgments so large they force entire industries to change the way they do business.
The insurance companies we litigate against in court know our reputation. They also know if they want to avoid the very real possibility of a massive jury award by settling out of court, they need to offer considerably more than the pittance they offer “settlement mill” law firms.
Whether your case resolves through settlement or through a judgment from the court, you can be assured of the maximum financial compensation possible for your injuries.
Free Case Evaluation and No Payment Until You Are Compensated
hen people choose their Wisconsin personal injury lawyer based on the endorsement of a football player or actor, they risk choosing an attorney who has never won more money in a courtroom. Settlement mills forward your paperwork and take a cut of your damages.
Hundreds of times we have prepared cases like yours beyond the brink of trial. Facing unlimited liability AND an expensive jury trial, insurance companies fess up what your case is worth. They HATE when you choose Warshafsky. Insurance companies know: it IS about the money.
Warshafsky Law offers free, confidential consultations with a personal injury attorney to determine if you have a case and to explain the process of filing a personal injury lawsuit. There is no obligation whatsoever to hire us.
If you decide to let us represent you, we ask for no payment from you until the case has been concluded and you have received compensation. Additionally, our “No Win, No Fee” policy ensures that if we do not succeed in winning your lawsuit, you don’t owe us a thing.
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