For about four years now we have been very active in the Washington, D.C. area in offering legal assistance to women who have been injured due to the use of Bayer’s line of birth control pills. We are not the only attorneys who have been taking this course of action. Injury law firms all over the country have been working very hard to spread the word about the dangers of Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella to women everywhere.
These dangers are very real. The key difference between Bayer’s products and most of the other birth control pills out there is one specific ingredient called drospirenone. This is a synthetic variation of progestin, which along with estrogen is what makes birth control pills work. The problem with drospirenone is that it has been shown to elevate the potassium levels in the blood streams of the women who take these pills.
Since most of us aren’t doctors or nutritionists, we have a tendency to view things like potassium levels as a positive thing. You often see potassium listed as a healthy ingredient in a lot of foods and multivitamins. But the positive aspects change considerably when we are talking about potassium in the average person’s bloodstream.
What this chemical shift in your blood can sometimes do is cause clots to form. Clots are a good thing to have if you happen to be bleeding. But when they form when you don’t happen to be bleeding, that can be a serious health hazard.
In the case of Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella, blood clots generally form in the bigger veins that are in the legs. In some cases, these clots break into smaller pieces, which travel through the bloodstream, where eventually the bits of the clot get to a vessel that they aren’t going to be able to fit through.
If this happens in the lungs, the victim will suffer a pulmonary embolism. If it happens in the heart, the victim will suffer a heart attack. If it happens in the brain, the victim will suffer a stroke.
There is a risk of this sort of thing happening for most birth control pills. No attorney working for women who have been injured due to Yaz, Yasmin or Ocella is claiming anything different. The reason for the lawsuits is that attorneys across the nation were getting reports about the significantly higher numbers of women taking Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella who were getting hurt over and above the women who were taking the older forms of birth control pills.
There were a series of studies that came out that claimed that the risk of blood clotting with pills with drospirenone as an active ingredient was increased a great deal higher. The British Medical Journaland the Canadian Medical Association Journal both came out with studies showing that there was a dramatic increase in clotting risk when women were using Yaz, Yasmin or Ocella.
The fact that Bayer neglected to warn its customers about the heightened risk was bad enough, but what made it even worse was that they launched an expensive and flashy advertising campaign that exaggerated the positive benefits of taking these pills. It was advertised as a pill that could cure PMS and acne when it could not do neither of those things. It was also advertised as a pill that you could take without worrying about weight gain, which wasn’t necessarily true.
Greenberg and Bederman (as well as dozens of other law firms around the country) came to the conclusion that Bayer had put out a dangerous product that did not deliver on its promises, and was also responsible for strokes, heart attacks, pulmonary embolisms, gall bladder disease and even death among women who were otherwise perfectly healthy. We set to work both publicizing the dangers of the product while simultaneously offering legal assistance to women who had been hospitalized due to the use of these pills. Other law firms nationwide have done the same.
The cases have been winding their way through the system, and we are pleased to announce that there have been some positive developments in other parts of the country. A law firm in Los Angeles has announced that 70 of their Yaz-injury clients have reached a settlement with the Bayer Corporation. The amount of the settlement was undisclosed (as settlements often are,) but we can’t imagine that given the seriousness of the charge and the immense amount of evidence against these pills that the settlement offer was less than generous.
This is good news for these 70 women, but it is also good news for women all over the country who have been injured due to Bayer’s negligent actions. While success in one courtroom does not guarantee success in another, it’s hard to view these current results as anything but positive. We hope to have even better news in the future for our clients.
Greenberg and Bederman is a personal injury law firm in the Washington, D.C. area. We are currently offering legal assistance to women in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. who have been injured due to the use of Yaz, Yasmin or Ocella birth control pills. If you or a loved one has been injured due to the use of these pills, contact Greenberg & Bederman today for a free yaz consultation.