Mirena Brain Injury Lawsuit Lawyer
Please note: Our law firm no longer accepts Mirena cases.Mirena IUD maker Bayer HealthCare faces more than 100 lawsuits from women who were diagnosed with a rare but serious brain injury that increases pressure inside the skull. Pseudotumor Cerebri or Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension can cause chronic headaches, progressive vision loss, even blindness. A pseudo tumor can develop near the base of the skull and require a stent for draining and a lifetime of subsequent care.
Mirena Tumor Lawsuits
Matthews & Associates Law Firm is investigating Mirena tumor lawsuits in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. If you or someone you love was diagnosed with a brain injury after taking Mirena, contact a Mirena brain injury lawyer now for a no-obligation, free legal case consultation. Please use this form or the box top right of this page to contact our Defective Medical Device Litigation Team. Or simply call us toll-free at (888) 520-5202.
What is Mirena?
A Mirena IUD is a birth control implant made and marketed by Bayer. Mirena is designed to reduce a woman’s chances of becoming pregnant by slowly releasing a synthetic progestin, the hormone levonorgestrel. Mirena contains 52-mg of levonorgestrel, and is advertised to be effective for up to five years.
Mirena Brain Injuries
Mirena presents risks because levonorgestrel has been linked to dozens of cases of a rare but serious brain injury called pseudotumor cerebri. This injury elevates levels of cerebrospinal fluid, which increases pressure inside the skull. The malady has several names:
• Pseudotumor Cerebri
• Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
• Benign Intracranial Hypertension
• Secondary Intracranial Hypertension
Study Links Intracranial Hypertension and Levonorgestrel
The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) in 1995 published a study linking Norplant with 56 cases of intracranial hypertension. Similar to Mirena, Norplant is an intrauterine device that releases levonorgestrel.
Mirena PTC Lawsuit Filed in Tennessee
In October 2015, a woman filed a Mirena Lawsuit in Tennessee against Bayer HalthCare after she was diagnosed with pseudotumor cerebri (PTC). She had been implanted with the Mirena device. Her case was filed in federal court in Tennessee on September 29 (Case No. 2:15-cv-02645).
100+ Lawsuits for Mirena Brain Injuries
In early 2014, Bayer was notified of nine lawsuits that accused the company of downplaying risks that link Mirena with brain injuries. Attorneys petitioned a panel of federal judges to centralize the litigation in May 2014. In August 2014, the judges denied the petition on grounds that there were not enough cases. Then in December 2016, with at least 116 lawsuits in 17 district courts nationwide, lawyers filed another petition to centralize the cases into one federal court.
Brain Injury Diagnosis & Treatment
Diagnosis can be difficult in these cases. The brain injury can be diagnosed only by a spinal tap (lumbar puncture), in which a large needle is inserted between two vertebrae in the lower back. The needle draws a small amount of cerebrospinal fluid. Some serious cases may require surgery to drain excess fluid from the skull.
Intracranial Hypertension Symptoms
Several symptoms can present with intracranial hypertension, including:
• Migraine Headaches
• Tinnitus – whooshing noise in the ear
• Blurred vision
• Double-vision or ‘Halo’ Vision
• Neck, Shoulder, Back Pain
• Nausea, Vomiting
• Papilledema (swelling of the optic disc)
• Optic nerve damage