Nuvaring is a once a month, hormone-based contraceptive that carries a high risk for serious side effects, including Nuvaring blood clots. Marketed as a more convenient alternative to the pill, the makers of the contraceptive did not fully research the drug delivery system, which has now been found to cause side effects at more than twice the rate of most oral contraceptives.
Deep Vein Thrombosis
Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, is caused when blood pools in the circulatory system and begins to coagulate. The symptoms of DVT include pain and swelling in the legs, or pain in the pelvic region which is caused when circulation is compromised. DVT is actually a blood clot that may break loose and travel through the blood stream to other areas of the body where they can cause catastrophic injuries by robbing vital organs of oxygen, which leads to tissue death.
Embolism and Blood Clots
An embolism is a foreign body or blood clot that travels through the blood vessels blocking circulation or damaging veins and arteries. Nuvaring blood clots can form an embolism in the arteries of the lungs, heart or brain, causing serious damage and even sudden death. Damage to the heart, lungs, eyes and brain may be permanent and disabling. Women who have suffered a blood clot injury that left them permanently disabled may be entitled to greater monetary compensation.
Other Serious Side Effects of Nuvaring
In addition to a dramatically increased risk of Nuvaring blood clots, the synthetic progestin used in Nuvaring elevates levels of potassium, which may cause muscle weakness, irregular heartbeat and death. There is also a link between Nuvaring and an increased risk of liver cancer and benign liver tumors. Blood clots are the most often reported adverse side effect, but they not the only serious side effect associated with the use of this product.
There are thousands of pending lawsuits for injuries caused by Nuvaring blood clots. State and federal courts are using special legal procedures to streamline the trial process and, when possible, consolidate trials. New Jersey and Massachusetts have named Nuvaring lawsuits as a mass tort, which is handled differently than standard product liability lawsuits. The legal complexities of a Nuvaring lawsuit require an attorney experienced in class actions, consolidated trials, mass torts and federal MDL trials.
In order to receive compensation for injuries caused by blood clots, the injured person or the person’s legal guardians or survivors must file a Nuvaring lawsuit. In some jurisdictions, it may be possible to become a party to a class action lawsuit, but most lawsuits are filed individually. A lawyer handling a Nuvaring lawsuit will investigate the circumstances of the injury and advise clients on how much compensation they may be eligible to receive.
Punitive damages may be awarded in cases of gross negligence on the part of a defendant. There have been allegations that the makers of Nuvaring under reported blood clots in clinical trials required by the FDA. Punitive damages are like a fine that is added on to compensatory damages and it can increase the amount of court awards or settlements by thousands, even tens of thousands of dollars. A number of pending Nuvaring lawsuits are seeking punitive damage awards.
If you or someone you know has been injured by serious side effects of Nuvaring, you can receive a free compensation evaluation on this website.