Over 1,000 personal injury lawsuits have been filed against Merck, the manufacturer of the NuvaRing birth control device. These personal injury lawsuits were filed in several state courts and federal courts. The plaintiffs (i.e. injured victims) are claiming that the manufacturer of NuvaRing failed to adequately warn consumers of the risks associated with the device.
The risks include a disturbingly high risk of developing blood clots. How did this happen? Well,
NuvaRing’s claim to fame is that it was a flexible, plastic ring that you only had to use once a month, as opposed to every day like traditional birth control. The NuvaRing would slowly release a low dose of two hormones - progestin and estrogen. This combination is reportedly responsible for the increased risk blood clots (aka deep vein thrombosis) and other horrific NuvaRing side effects.
When you suffer a blood clot, the damage can be extensive, even deadly. For example, a 20-year-old college student was using the NuvaRing device when, one day (more than a year after she first began using NuvaRing), she suddenly became extremely ill and began spitting up quarter-size chunks of blood onto the cement. This student had to be rushed to the hospital where she spent 10 days being pumped with anticoagulants to thin her blood, according to Yahoo News. She was diagnosed as having developed a blood clot in her lung, a condition that could have been fatal if she wasn’t treated immediately.
Unfortunately, situations like the one described above are not uncommon. Many women who took NuvaRing thinking it would be a safe and effective birth control device learned the troubling truth that the device could have deadly side effects.
If you or a loved one have suffered NuvaRing side effects, consider contacting an attorney to discuss your legal options. Just because other victims have filed lawsuits does not mean you are precluded from taking legal action.