Courts all over the country have been filling up with Mirena IUD lawsuits. Most of these cases claim that the long term birth control device created a perforated organ or the woman developed an ectopic pregnancy. However, one lawsuit that was filed Maryland on March 11, 2016 is different. In her paperwork, the plaintiff states that her use of the device led to the development of idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH).
Daphne Houck is the woman who filed the lawsuit against Bayer Pharmaceuticals. According to Houck, she first realized she was in trouble when she started getting pressure headaches which triggered a variety of vision problems that range from vision loss to an inability to tolerate much light. Eventually, her doctor made the diagnosis of papillary edema which meant her optic nerves were swollen.
Houck was sent to the hospital where MRI’s and CT Scans were used to check for intracranial abnormalities that might explain her symptoms. The timing of her conditions developing and the implantation of the Mirena IUD device makes everyone suspect the device is responsible for her condition.
Intracranial hypertension is a serious medical condition that develops when cerebrospinal fluid increase. The more the fluid levels increase, the more pressure builds up on the skull, which creates symptoms that mimic brain tumors. Symptoms frequently range from migraines to vision problems, to tinnitus, and swollen optic discs. In some cases, intracranial hypertension results in permeant blindness.
Houck has filed the lawsuit on the grounds that Bayer failed to warn her that using the Mirena IUD device could trigger the perfect situation for intracranial hypertension to develop. She’s accusing the company of breach of warranty, negligence, failure to provide adequate warnings, and defective design. In addition to wanting her medical expenses covered, Houck is also seeking punitive damages.
Although most press coverage of Mirena IUD lawsuits focus on organ perforation and ectopic pregnancy, Houck’s lawsuit isn’t the first of its kind. Drug information research indicates that many women have filed lawsuits that their Mirena IUD triggered migraines and intracranial hypertension.
If you have used a Mirena IUD and feel that it has compromised your health, the best thing you can do for yourself, after seeking medical assistance and having the IUD removed, is arranging a consultation appointment between yourself and an experienced attorney. Based on the information you provide the attorney; they will advise you as to whether or not you have a solid reason to file a Mirena IUD lawsuit. It you do, they’ll guide you through the process, from the moment you decide to file the paperwork until the moment you get you settlement.
Don’t spend a great deal of time trying to decide if you want to take legal action against Bayer. As many women are starting to learn when they go to court, judges all over the country are willing to dismiss the case if the woman waited to long to file the paperwork. Since the statute of limitations can vary from one state to the next and the wording can be difficult to understand, the sooner you get the paperwork filed, the better off you’ll be.