A lawsuit alleging that the Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) causes pseudotumor cerebri (PTC) can be time-barred based on where you are filing the lawsuit. For example, Mirena IUD lawsuits are time-barred in California under a two-year statute of limitations. A woman in California has filed a Mirena IUD lawsuit recently, but was aware as early as May 2011 that the birth control device may be linked to her side effects, a federal judge has ruled. The judge in this case referred to the plaintiff’s May 26, 2011 Facebook post in which she stated that she believed her PTC symptoms may be related to receiving the Mirena birth control device. These types of filing limitations can have dramatic effects on your ability to gain compensation during a Mirena IUD lawsuit.
Mirena and Intracranial Hypertension
Mirena is designed to prevent pregnancy by slowly releasing the hormone levonorgestrel into the woman’s uterus for up to five years. Evidence linking Mirena to PTC and idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) is cause for serious concern because currently the device lacks warnings about these serious neurological side effects. These neurological conditions are caused by the buildup of cerebrospinal fluid inside the skull.
The buildup occurs because of the body’s failure to absorb excess fluid into the bloodstream. This condition could cause permanent loss of vision and severe headaches. While some cases involving loss of vision may be reversed, a number of cases are irreversible. There is treatment available to cure the headaches, but plaintiffs who have filed lawsuits around the country allege that the symptoms go away with treatment but tend to recur. Some of the common symptoms of PTC/IIH include blurry vision, loss of vision, headaches, tinnitus or ringing in the ears, nausea and vomiting.
Rhode Island Statute of Limitations
“Statute of limitations” refers to the maximum amount of time after an event that legal proceedings can be initiated. For example, in Rhode Island, the statute of limitations on most personal injury, product liability, wrongful death and medical malpractice cases is three years. What this essentially means is that you have three years from the date of injury, illness or death in which to file a claim.
The California Mirena IUD case is an example of how failing to recognize the statute of limitations could potentially jeopardize your claim, which might otherwise be valid. It is critical to file a claim not just before your statute of limitations runs out, but with plenty of time to spare. These types of lawsuits are complex and require securing of evidence, expert testimony and witnesses who can help substantiate your claim.
Contact a Mirena IUD Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one have suffered serious Mirena IUD side effects, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. We are currently working with experienced Mirena IUD lawyers, who don’t charge a legal fee unless you win an award or settlement. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call our toll free number 24/7 or fill out a contact form on our website.