Yaz, Yasmin, Gianvi, and Ocella are all popular brands of drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol birth control pills. In recent years, this combination of the hormones drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol has been linked to blood clots, stroke, heart attack, and even death. As a result, thousands of lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers of these birth control pills by women who suffered injuries and family members who lost loved ones to the pills. This article will provide an overview of potential legal claims and the advantages of joining a birth control lawsuit.
If You Were Injured by Birth Control Pills
The most common legal claims brought against manufacturers of drospirenone birth control pills fall under product liability law. Under product liability law, manufacturers and sellers are responsible for making sure their products are free of any dangerous defects. Products can be defective because of design defects, defects in warning, and manufacturing defects. For example, a manufacturer may be liable for defective warning if it knew that its drospirenone birth control pills cause blood clots at a higher rate than other types of birth control pills, but failed to warn users of that risk.
In addition, manufacturers could be liable for false advertising claims if they make misleading statements that influence consumers’ decision to buy a product. For instance, Bayer has been warned by the FDA about using misleading claims in its Yaz commercials regarding the pill’s effectiveness in treating PMS and severe acne. As a result, Bayer was required to spend millions of dollars on advertisements that corrected the misleading claims.
If a Loved One Died After Taking Birth Control Pills
While product liability lawsuits are initiated by women who’ve been directly harmed by the pills, wrongful death lawsuits are initiated by the immediate family members of women who’ve died after taking the pills. Wrongful death laws allow immediate family members, like spouses and parents, to sue the party responsible for their loved one’s death. For example, if a healthy, young woman developed severe blood clots after taking drospirenone birth control pills and died as a result, her spouse may be able to sue the manufacturer for wrongful death.
Advantages of Joining a Lawsuit
Joining a birth control lawsuit will allow you to receive compensation for your injuries or the loss of a loved one, while helping spread the word about the health risks involved with drospirenone birth control pills. Due to the high volume of birth control lawsuits, the majority of the cases have been consolidated into a multidistrict litigation. Multidistrict litigation occurs when one federal court presides over the pretrial proceedings, including settlement conferences and discovery, where the relevant facts of the case are disclosed.
Currently, thousands of women affected by drospirenone pills are a party to a multidistrict litigation against Bayer. The birth control lawsuits allege that Bayer failed to properly test its pills and provided inadequate warnings about the health risks involved. So far, Bayer has settled with thousands of plaintiffs and set aside millions of dollars for compensation.
If your birth control lawsuit goes to trial and the case is successful, you could recover damages for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and attorney’s fees. In successful wrongful death lawsuits, loved ones of the deceased could be compensated for medical expenses, funeral costs, the loss of future companionship, and the monetary value of services the deceased would’ve provided if she were still alive.
Another reason to join a lawsuit is to help publicize the dangers of drospirenone birth control pills. Large civil lawsuits can have a substantial impact on manufacturers and often receive media attention, spreading awareness and preventing additional injuries in the process.