Nexplanon Lawsuit & Settlement Attorneys

Multiple forms of contraception exist today for both women and men. People use contraception for many reasons, including preventing the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases, regulating a woman’s menstrual cycle, clearing up acne, reducing the occurrence of ovarian cysts, or controlling discomfort from endometriosis. 

One form of birth control available for female use is the hormonal birth control implant. In the U.S., it’s called Nexplanon. An older version was called Implanon. Nexplanon is the new and improved birth control device. The product was revamped and now includes safety protocols such as the ability to show up on x-ray, because Implanon experienced migration issues. In ongoing litigation, women say the Implanon birth control implant moved spontaneously and couldn’t be located or taken out. Improvements were made by implant manufacturer Merck, and Nexplanon was created.

However, despite changes made to the product, issues remain with Nexplanon. Patients report side effects ranging from mild to life-threatening. You need the guidance of an experienced Houston defective medical device attorney at Reich & Binstock if you’ve been injured by a hormonal birth control device and think you have grounds for a Nexplanon lawsuit.

What Is Nexplanon?

Contrary to other contraceptives for women that employ a combination of hormones, the Nexplanon contraceptive implant exclusively uses etonogestrel (a synthetic progestin). It’s a flexible rod that’s approximately the size of a match and is inserted by a doctor just beneath the skin on a woman’s upper arm. The device releases small amounts of synthetic hormones for up to five years. It is extremely successful as a contraceptive, with a success rate that is even greater than that of regular birth control pills. It acts by blocking sperm from reaching the uterus and preventing ovulation.

Progestin slows or stops the release of eggs, and also thickens cervical mucus keeping sperm from reaching an egg. Touted as 99% effective at preventing unplanned pregnancies, Nexplanon can be removed at any time.

Nexplanon Side Effects

An increased risk of negative health effects comes along with the Nexplanon implant. These effects vary in severity. Some of the side effects are painful and life-threatening. In addition to blood clotting, these other side effects include:

  • Blood clotting
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Cardiac event(s)
  • Heart attack
  • Hospitalization
  • Death

Nexplanon Blood Clots

Blood clots are a normal part of the healing process. They form in the body to stop bleeding if you cut yourself or open your skin in any way (such as by skinning a knee). Nexplanon can cause a blood clot with no injuries to the body. This can be fatal.

Nexplanon use is associated with an increased risk of blood clots, specifically spontaneous deep-vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT is a disorder where blood clots form in veins, mainly in the legs. If left untreated, blood clots grow larger causing pain and lasting vascular damage to the legs’ blood vessels.

They can also break free into the bloodstream, eventually getting stuck in a major internal organ. A pulmonary embolism occurs when a venous blood clot in the lower body is pushed into the lungs. A blood clot in the arterial system might travel to the heart, brain, or another internal organ. Heart attacks, a cardiac event, or a stroke are possible and may cause hospitalization or death.

These issues are reported by many Nexplanon users. Anyone using Nexplanon has a chance of dangerous side effects. But smokers, those over 35, or diabetics are at a significantly increased risk of blood clots. Those hurt by the birth control implant benefit greatly from the legal advice and services of a Houston Nexplanon lawsuit lawyer.

Nexplanon Blood Clot Risks

There is a 40% increased risk of blood clotting with Nexplanon use compared to all other types of oral and medical contraceptives. That’s according to a Danish study published in the British Medical Journal in November of 2011. Regardless of blood clot history, this percentage applied to all women involved in the study between the ages of 15 and 49. No history of cancer, blood clotting, or pregnancies was reported by study participants.

Blood clots are more likely with contraceptive implants (the IUD is the exception), as well as patches and rings than with oral contraceptives. Overall, contraceptive implants, such as Nexplanon, pose the greatest risk of blood clots for all women.

Birth Control Implant Gone Wrong

Can Nexplanon break in your arm? It’s possible, but it’s not very likely. If an implant breaks, it requires surgical removal. If an implant falls out, a backup birth control method is needed until a new implant replaces it.

Also unlikely, but possible, some women experience pregnancy while using the birth control implant.

Nexplanon Lawsuit

Organon and its parent firm, Merck, are facing a Nexplanon lawsuit for the dangerous side effects that the birth control device causes. These health risks include blood clots, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, heart attack, and stroke.

These lawsuits aren’t part of a class action. It’s a class-action lawsuit when the legal move is made on behalf of a large group of people harmed in the same way by the same person or business. Damages are split evenly amongst plaintiffs if a settlement or verdict is negotiated or awarded.

How Much Compensation Can I Receive for a Nexplanon Lawsuit?

The severity of your injuries and the extent of any resulting disability determines the amount of compensation you may receive. Families of women who died from using a hormonal contraceptive implant may be entitled to launch a wrongful death Nexplanon lawsuit against the drug’s manufacturer and distributor.

One example of the damages received in a lawsuit included a half-million-dollar award. Court documents show that a Beaufort County, S.C. woman received this compensation after suing over what she claimed was an improperly placed birth control device. The suit alleged several trips to the doctor occurred until the implant was finally taken out.

According to the lawsuit, she suffered a permanent injury due to nerve damage in her arm. The South Carolina Insurance Reserve Fund lists a $600,000 settlement for this Nexplanon lawsuit.

Who Can Be Held Liable During a Nexplanon Lawsuit?

Depending on the facts of your case, you may be able to file a Nexplanon lawsuit against many defendants if you were injured as a result of a birth control implant device failure. Your Houston personal injury lawyer will help you prepare a claim.

Those with potential liability for injuries caused by the device migrating or causing serious health implications include:

  • Drug Manufacturers may be liable if the device was defective. For example, if the implant applicator did not function properly and caused an injury. In the case of pregnancy, it’s tough to prove an incorrect medication dosage since there’s a one percent possibility of becoming pregnant with Nexplanon. Instead, you could sue the drug manufacturer for any of the other serious side effects listed.
  • Medical facility, if the implant location gets infected soon after the procedure and it’s a known hospital-acquired infection. You would, however, have to show you followed treatment instructions that didn’t contribute to the infection.
  • Doctor or nurse implanting the device, only if proper medical safety procedures weren’t followed, the doctor failed to notify you of the potential side-effects, or the doctor failed to check for contra-indications before the implantation. Additionally, you could potentially sue the doctor or nurse if the device failed to implant and was not checked, or if the device had to be removed and caused post-surgery damage.

File a Nexplanon Lawsuit with Reich & Binstock Today

Have you or a loved one experienced serious or damaging side effects such as a heart attack, another cardiac event, or a blood clot from using the Nexplanon birth control device? If that’s the case, you’re not alone. Since the FDA approved Nexplanon in November 2011, many people have been negatively affected by it. If you’ve been hurt by the Nexplanon birth control implant, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our Houston personal injury law firm immediately for a free case evaluation. We are experienced in handling injury cases and we are here to help you with a possible Nexplanon lawsuit. Call the attorneys at Reich & Binstock at 713-622-7271 or fill out our contact form below.