Birth control is a substance, device, or product used to prevent conception and pregnancy. Birth control products typically aim to regulate a person’s reproduction hormones.
In some cases, certain birth control products have been linked with various health and injury risks to consumers. These can include injuries to the person using the birth control, as well as potential injuries to the infant as well. Some birth control injuries can include:
- Headaches and migraines
- Stomach or abdominal pain
- Damage to internal organs
- Reproductive harm
- Various other injuries
Birth control injuries vary from the type of contraception or treatment method used to prevent pregnancy. Also, some of the injuries may be more long-term than others and might manifest or appear differently depending on the person.
What is an Example of a Birth Control Product Defect?
Many birth control injuries may be related to product defects. For instance, Qualitest Pharmaceuticals recalled its packages of birth control pills because of an alleged defect.
The defect was an error in packaging. The placebo pills were supposed to be taken the week of menstruation, but they were placed in the package during the wrong week.
Approximately 113 women became pregnant while taking the Qualitest birth control pills. The women in a class action lawsuit alleged that the pregnancies were unwanted. The women in the class action lawsuit sought compensatory damages related to the birth control injury.
What Type of Damages may be Pursued in a Birth Control Injury Lawsuit?
Some birth control injury lawsuits seek millions of dollars in damages relating to various losses experienced by the injured party. Depending on the facts of the case, as well as state laws, injury damages can address:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Child-rearing expenses for the children until the age of 18 years old
In these types of personal injury cases, a medical expert may sometimes be needed to document and calculate the total costs of any medical damages.
State laws can sometimes place caps or limits on the amount of compensatory damages recovered in a birth control injury lawsuit. In cases where many persons were injured by the same type of birth control product, additional recalls may be issued, and other class action lawsuits may follow as well.
Should I Talk to a Lawyer If I Had a Birth Control Injury?
Birth control injuries can be severe and may result in long-term medical conditions or other types of damage. You may need to speak with a personal injury lawyer if you have suffered a birth control related injury. Your lawyer can explain more about your rights and legal options and can provide answers for your inquiries as well.