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Husband Joins Wife in NuvaRing Pulmonary Embolism Lawsuit Against Merck
By Sarah Pierce
A husband and wife have filed a NuvaRing lawsuit against Merck & Co. over injuries the wife sustained from NuvaRing side effects. The wife is seeking damages for a bilateral pulmonary embolism caused by NuvaRing blood clots. The husband is added to the NuvaRing lawsuit to seek damages for "loss of consortium," or the loss of marital enjoyment from his wife as she continues to need medical care for her injuries. Loss of consortium damages can amount to thousands of dollars for spouses of injured loved ones.
Plaintiffs Deborah Payne and Eric Nelson allege in the NuvaRing pulmonary embolism lawsuit that Deborah used NuvaRing from approximately 2004 to October 2010 as a birth control method. On or about October 23, 2010, Deborah suffered a bilateral pulmonary embolism -- a sudden blockage inside the lung artery caused by a NuvaRing blood clot that travels from the leg to the lung. Almost 70 percent of pulmonary embolism cases result in bilateral pulmonary embolism, or a blockage in both lungs. Deborah's NuvaRing attorney contends Merck failed to adequately warn the public about the increased risk of NuvaRing blood clot side effects such as pulmonary embolism, and that Deborah would have chosen a different birth control method if she had known these risks. Deborah and her husband are seeking a NuvaRing lawsuit settlement to cover her medical expenses as well as to compensate her for her pain and suffering, and for Eric's pain and suffering due the lost consortium of his wife.
Merck Failed to Warn of NuvaRing Side Effects
Deborah and Eric join numerous other Plaintiffs filing NuvaRing injury lawsuits against Merck for not only failing to warn about the side effects of NuvaRing, but of also misrepresenting that the contraceptive device is safer than other birth control methods.
Merck marketed, promoted and advertised NuvaRing as having less of a risk of thrombotic side effects than other means of contraception because of its relatively low amount of estrogen. However, Merck failed to disclose that NuvaRing contains a very high level of a dangerous third-generation progestin that increases the risk of blood clots, which are responsible for thrombotic side effects.
Thrombotic side effects include a class of blood clot complications known as pulmonary embolism (PE) and deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Deep vein thrombosis occurs when a blood clot forms in the deep veins of the body. If this blood clot dislodges, it can travel through the body and block certain arteries, resulting in pulmonary embolism, heart attack, stroke and even death.
According to a 2011 report by the FDA, NuvaRing can increase the risk of dangerous blood clots by as much as 56 percent over birth control pills. A more recent study published in June 2012 by The New England Journal of Medicine found that women who use vaginal ring contraceptives like NuvaRing are up to three-times more likely to develop dangerous blood clots.
More than 50 NuvaRing blood clot deaths have been reported, yet Merck failed to properly warn the public about this increased risk of NuvaRing blood clot side effects.
Damages Sought for NuvaRing Blood Clot Side Effects
Treating a NuvaRing injury such as pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis can be expensive and time consuming. That's why many NuvaRing blood clot victims turn to legal help to pursue compensation from Merck for negligently manufacturing, marketing and promoting a defective product that it knew was less safe than other contraceptives.
A new trend in NuvaRing lawsuit settlement negotiations is seeking "loss of consortium" damages for the husband of a NuvaRing injury victim. This refers to the loss of the right to marital company or affection, including loss of companionship, help and sexual relations from a spouse. When a spouse becomes disabled or passes away as a result of a company's negligent actions, a loss of consortium claim can be made by the non-injured spouse. In the case of Eric Nelson, he is seeking NuvaRing loss of consortium from Merck for causing his wife's injuries.
If you or a loved one suffered a NuvaRing side effect such as pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, heart attack, stroke or even death, you may have a claim to seek compensation for your injuries. A NuvaRing compensation specialist can help.
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