Many women have utilized a NuvaRing in the hopes of preventing an unexpected pregnancy. However, instead of simply being a contraceptive, this product caused long-term injuries to several women. No one should have to carry the burden of dealing with a serious injury due to the negligence of a product manufacturer. If you suffered a severe injury due to the use of a NuvaRing, contact an experienced Baltimore NuvaRing injury attorney.
At Bennett & Heyman, P.A., our legal team is prepared to offer you the legal representation you deserve to pursue compensation for your injuries. The manufacturer of NuvaRing should not be permitted to place a product on the market that endangers the lives of women searching for alternate means of contraception. To schedule a free legal consultation to discuss your claim, call Bennett & Heyman, P.A. at (410) 429-7660, or contact us online.
How NuvaRing Works
NuvaRing is a form of contraceptive manufactured by Merck Sharp & Dohme B.V., a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Incorporated. To use a NuvaRing, a patient must place the NuvaRing in their vagina for 21 days, remove the ring, and replace it with another ring after 7 days. The manufacturer makes a promise that the device does not have to be arranged in a particular position to prevent pregnancy.
Once a NuvaRing is inserted into the vagina, it releases a continuous dose of the female hormones estrogen and progestin. The continuous dissemination of these hormones is supposed to prevent the release of an egg from the ovaries. The manufacturer of NuvaRing claims that the device has a 98% chance of preventing pregnancy during sexual intercourse.
To learn more about the side effects and injuries caused by NuvaRing, continue reading and speak with an experienced Maryland personal injury lawyer.
Side Effects and Injuries Caused by NuvaRing
Practically every form of contraceptive will cause some side effects that the user may experience. However, the risks of using NuvaRing far outweigh the risks of other types of contraceptives. The following is a list of side effects and conditions that can be triggered by using NuvaRing.
Deep Vein Thrombosis
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a form of a blood clot that typically occurs in a person’s thigh or lower leg. This condition can cause the affected area to swell and become extremely uncomfortable and painful.
DVT becomes especially dangerous if the clot breaks loose and travels to a person’s lung; this is known as a pulmonary embolism. When this happens, a person is opened up to the possibility of other issues, like severe heart problems.
To treat DVT, an individual may have no choice but to use blood thinners to manage the clots. If DVT is severe, the patient can remain on blood thinners for years or even permanently.
Gallbladder disease is a condition that severely interferes with the gallbladder’s function of producing bile to break down fat in your stomach. The most prevalent symptom of having gallbladder disease or developing gallstones is experiencing severe pain in your abdomen where the organ is located. This pain is typically caused because a person consumed food filled with fat or grease.
Other symptoms of gallstones include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Severe fatigue
- Yellowing of the eyes or skin (i.e., jaundice)
If a person develops gallbladder disease, they will likely need surgery to remove the organ from their body. It can take weeks to heal from this operation, which can be troublesome for a person when trying to manage their employment and finances.
A stroke occurs when blood flow to a portion of the brain is impeded, causing a brain attack that will kill off brain cells due to oxygen deprivation. A stroke can cause certain functions of the brain to be diminished or eliminated depending on the circumstances. For example, if a person suffers a stroke in the area of the brain responsible for storing memories, they can have memory issues for the rest of their life.
The use of a NuvaRing has been linked to strokes that occur in the user’s neck or their brain. This is a potentially fatal side effect of a product that is only designed to prevent pregnancy.
There are various other side effects and conditions linked to NuvaRings that are not listed in this article. Our firm can help you seek justice against the manufacturer of NuvaRing and possibly the prescriber of this contraception.
Work with Our Experienced Baltimore Product Liability Lawyers on Your NuvaRing Claim
If you or a family member was injured when using a NuvaRing, contact an experienced Baltimore product liability lawyer today. The injury lawyers at Bennett & Heyman, P.A. possess decades of combined legal experience, and we will utilize this experience to help you fight your case. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal options, contact Bennett & Heyman, P.A. at (410) 429-7660.