Thompsons Solicitors is currently representing a number of women who are thought to have suffered as a result of a permanent form of birth control known as Essure. If you, or someone you know, have suffered from the Essure procedure or implant, our medical negligence lawyers are ready to help you make a personal injury compensation claim and signpost you to specialist support groups and charities to help you recover.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ESSURE
What is Essure?
Essure is a permanent, non-surgical form of birth control used to sterilise women. Performed under general anaesthetic, medical practitioners insert a coil-like implant into the fallopian tube via a narrow telescopic apparatus being passed through the vagina and cervix. Once in place, the implant encourages fibrosis – or the development of scar tissue – which blocks the fallopian tube and prevents eggs from reaching the womb.
Essure was first approved in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002 before being approved for use in the UK by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) in 2009.
How has Essure affected women?
Essure has caused much controversy among global industry experts who have raised serious concerns over its safety and the high risks it poses. Thousands of women in the UK and US have claimed the implant has led to them suffering a host of complications including: persistent abdominal pain; irregular periods; perforation of the uterus or fallopian tubes due to implant migration; allergies; hypersensitivity; headaches and fatigue.
A study published by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) in 2015 found women with the implant were 10 times more likely to need a second operation, compared to those who had other forms of sterilisation. It was also linked to a further 21 re-operations out of 1,000 patients undergoing surgery.
In the 13 years since Essure has been available in the US, there have been more than 5,000 complaints from women implanted with the device, with a shocking number of serious complications being reported. These include damage to internal organs, fatality by infection and foetal deaths.
A number of personal injury claims for medical negligence have been filed against Essure manufacturer Bayer in the US, with an increasing amount of UK women now stepping forward to pursue medical negligence compensation claims.
Why is Essure still available if it has a high risk of complications?
Essure is currently available on the NHS, however Bayer has confirmed it plans to remove Essure implants from the UK marketplace from 1 September 2017. Bayer maintains that the implant is safe, however the UK's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is monitoring the issue and suggests women affected by Essure report it on their website.
I’ve received the Essure implant and it’s causing me discomfort. What should I do?
If you or a loved one is suffering from complications such as abdominal pain, irregular periods, allergies, fatigue or more serious issues such as perforated fallopian tubes, and you have had an Essure implant, you should visit your GP as soon as possible. Your GP should investigate whether the implant is the cause of your difficulties and if so, evaluate whether removal of the implant is necessary.
We also recommend contacting our expert medical negligence solicitors to discuss whether you are entitled to make a medical negligence compensation claim.
Can I make a personal injury compensation claim for Essure?
Yes, you can make a personal injury claim against Essure if it has caused you injury or if you have suffered its consequences as a result of it being fitted. Thompsons Solicitors has more than 90 years’ experience winning personal injury claims for clients across the UK who have suffered medical negligence, and is currently representing a number of women to make Essure implant compensation claims.
We also have significant expertise in medical negligence claims for:
- Delayed diagnosis and misdiagnosis
- Medical fatality
- Surgical error
- Brain and head injuries
- Product liability
- Birth injuries
For more information on how we can help you make a compensation claim, contact us now.
How long do I have to make a compensation claim?
You have three years from the date of an incident or injury to make a personal injury compensation claim. In medical negligence compensation claims, the time limit for lodging a claim is usually three years from the date of diagnosis or point at which you were told your medical treatment had been responsible for harm. However, this rule varies in some circumstances, so we recommend contacting our personal injury team for professional advice.
How can I pay for my Essure-related personal injury compensation claim?
There are multiple ways to fund a personal injury compensation claim with Thompsons Solicitors. If you are a member of one a trade union, you and your family are entitled to free initial legal advice from our experts. If you have a medical negligence claim we can help and you will receive special terms.
If you are not a member of one of our affiliated trade unions, there are a variety of ways to fund an Essure compensation claim, such as via a conditional fee agreement – otherwise known as ‘no win, no fee’. You can find more information about payment on our Fees and Payments page, or by calling our friendly personal injury specialists on 0800 0 224 224.
How long does it take to settle a medical negligence claim?
The priority of our expert medical negligence specialists is always to identify the facts of the case, establish the organisations or individuals responsible for causing the medical injury to our client and act swiftly to secure appropriate damages. We are already representing a number of women affected by Essure implants and have the knowledge and expertise needed to settle these claims as quickly as possible. Each medical negligence claim is different and vary in complexity: where those at fault accept they are to blame, claims can be concluded in a matter of months, where defendants challenge the allegations and court proceedings are necessary, cases can sometimes take longer to bring to a successful conclusion. Regardless of length, you can be assured that your expert team at Thompsons Solicitors will guide you through every stage of making your claim, offering support and advice from start to finish.
How can Thompsons Solicitors help me?
Thompsons Solicitors has over 90 years’ experience in winning personal injury claims for clients. Over the years, we’ve led in many areas of personal injury law, and are recognised as uniquely experiences in our field. Our medical negligence lawyers are experts in their field and have provided sound legal advice and fought hard for compensation on behalf of tens of thousands of people. Click to read stories from some of the people we’ve secured compensation for after they suffered medical negligence.
We urge anyone who has suffered as a result of Essure to call our legal enquiry team on 0800 0 224 224 to see if they are entitled to make a compensation claim. Alternatively, you can visit our Start a Claim page.