Do you have a failed contraception claim?
One in four women in the UK choose to use a long-term method of contraception, such as the contraceptive implant, which can prevent pregnancy for up to three years.
While all forms of contraception carry some risk of failure, you may be able to make a failure of contraception compensation claim if you or your partner, have decided on long-term contraception and have subsequently fallen pregnant or suffered medical complications.
Contraceptive implant failures – Implanon
One common method of long-term contraception, used in the UK since 1999, is an implant called Implanon.
Implanon is a plastic hormone-filled rod which is undetectable on x-ray. It is inserted under the skin of the upper arm and works by releasing hormones to stop the ovaries releasing eggs.
Implanon was replaced in 2012 by a newer product, called Nexplanon, which can be seen on x-rays and has a pre-loaded applicator, making it easier to ensure it is correctly fitted and reducing the risk of failure.
However, the manufacturer, MSD, has not recalled the Implanon contraceptive implant, and it is still being used until stocks run out.
Unwanted pregnancies due to Implanon
So far, over 500 women have reported unwanted pregnancies while using the Implanon implant, although the true figure may actually be much higher.
Faced with the difficult decision of whether to terminate the pregnancy or have a baby they had not planned for, some women have suffered from depression and endured the breakdown of their relationships due to the unbearable strain this has caused. In circumstances like this, you could be entitled to compensation.
Scarring or injuries from Implanon
As well as the physical impact of Implanon, there have also been physical side-effects, with over 1,500 women suffering injury or permanent scarring caused when the implant was inserted.
In fact, some doctors have even raised concerns with the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) about how difficult the implants are to administer, and how impossible it is to check if they have been correctly inserted.
Make a failed contraception claim
If you feel you have fallen pregnant because of failed contraception, particularly due to the Implanon contraceptive implant, then you could be entitled to compensation.
At What’s My Claim Worth, we regularly help the victims of clinical negligence claim compensation for a range of contraception-related issues, including unwanted pregnancy and its physical and emotional after-effects.
Speak to one of our specialist clinical negligence solicitors on the telephone number below, who will be happy to discuss your claim on a confidential basis, and a make some initial recommendations on your case you can even fill in our Medical Negligence Claimometer and we will arrange to call you back.