When it comes to our health, we all deserve to trust the products that we use to maintain or improve our well-being. Because some of these products often touch on the most intimate parts of our lives, it is crucial that consumers can safely rely on manufacturers to produce and market safe products for our use. When health-related products such as medical devices end up hurting us rather than helping us, however, the manufacturers of those products must be held accountable.
According to a report from a consumer advocacy organization, IUD-related product liability lawsuits have been taking place with greater frequency in recent years. The Paragard IUD, which has been circulating the market since its initial approval in 1984, is a copper birth control device that prevents pregnancy. The device has been marketed as convenient for patients on the go, easy to insert, and easy to remove.
In recent years, however, dozens of lawsuits have emerged as a result of the device. Products liability suits alleging issues with the IUD’s manufacturing, labeling, marketing, and development have arisen, especially as manufacturers have continued to sell the device despite knowing that it could break during removal. Many patients who have had the IUD break during removal have filed claims alleging that pieces are missing or lodged in their organs or that breakage has resulted in allergic reactions, infection, loss of fertility, pain, and even surgery to remove broken pieces.
In Maine, product liability claims can be brought against parties who sell goods or products in a defective condition and are unreasonably dangerous to the consumer. If the manufacturer reasonably would have known that the product in its present condition could cause injury, they could be subject to liability for physical harm.
Time is of the essence when dealing with product liability claims. Following an injury, filing a lawsuit may be the furthest thing from your mind. In fact, it is likely that you want to focus on your recovery and rehabilitation, if necessary. If the injury is serious, however, it is crucial that your claim is filed as soon as possible. If a potential plaintiff believes that they have a product liability claim they would like to advance, they must file the lawsuit within six years after they suffer the injury.
If you have been recently injured by a defective product or medical device and believe that the manufacturer or seller should have expected consumers to use, consume, or be affected by the product in question, you may have a product liability claim under Maine law. Because these cases can often be extremely complex and involve multiple parties or plaintiffs, it is crucial that you consult an experienced personal injury attorney who understands the laws governing these claims.
Do You Need a Maine Products Liability Attorney?
If you or someone you know has been recently injured by a defective or negligently manufactured product, contact the attorneys at Peter Thompson & Associates today. Our Maine product liability lawyers have decades of experience representing clients in all types of personal injury claims and would be happy to discuss the details of your case with you. Contact us for a free initial consultation today at 1-800-804-2004.