First NuvaRing Lawsuit Settlements May be Reached Within a Year
By Sarah Pierce
Plaintiffs involved in hundreds of NuvaRing blood clot lawsuits are one step closer to winning a settlement to cover their medical expenses and compensate them for their pain and suffering. According to court documents filed in New Jersey state court, nine NuvaRing lawsuits pending in NJ Mass Tort have been selected to go to trial in February 2013 as "bellwether" (or test) cases. The outcome of the trial will be closely watched by NuvaRing lawyers and lawsuit Plaintiffs seeking compensation for injuries caused by NuvaRing side effects. How the jury reacts to the bellwether trial will affect the amount of compensation -- if any -- awarded in NuvaRing lawsuit settlements.
Nearly 1,000 NuvaRing lawsuits have been filed against Merck, Schering-Plough and Organon Pharmaceuticals by women seeking compensation for NuvaRing side effects such as stroke, heart attack, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or other blood clot injury. Approximately 820 of these are or will be pending in the NuvaRing lawsuit multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri before Judge Rodney Sippel. Nearly 125 NuvaRing lawsuits are pending in Bergen County Superior Court of New Jersey before Judge Brian R. Martinotti as part of a NuvaRing Mass Tort. Judge Martinotti recently stated the NuvaRing Mass Tort court anticipates that all nine of the selected bellwether cases will be ready to be tried on February 4, 2013. The outcome of the NuvaRing trial will determine the amount -- if any -- that will be awarded in NuvaRing lawsuit settlements for years to come.
How Much Will I Get in a NuvaRing Lawsuit Settlement?
The amount of money Plaintiffs will get from a NuvaRing blood clot settlement will be largely based on the outcome of the bellwether trial. If the outcome of the trial is favorable to NuvaRing blood clot victims, the drug makers will likely enter into settlement negotiations to resolve as many cases as possible, as quickly as possible. Settlement negotiations will be based on what a jury is likely to award in each case. If a NuvaRing lawsuit proceeds to trial, a jury will take into account the nature of the claimed injury, the severity of the damage, and the economic impact of the NuvaRing injury. Some of the common factors a jury might consider in awarding a NuvaRing settlement are:
* The extent and duration of the injury suffered from a NuvaRing blood clot;
* The effect that the NuvaRing blood clot injury had on the overall physical and mental health or well-being of the Plaintiff;
* The pain and mental anguish the Plaintiff has suffered and will likely suffer in the future;
* The amount of any past or future medical expenses caused by NuvaRing side effects;
* Any lost wages or loss of earning capacity due to NuvaRing side effect injuries.
To give you a better idea of what a NuvaRing blood clot settlement might look like, take a look at Bayer. The drug maker recently offered to pay $142 million in lawsuit settlements to resolve hundreds of Yasmin and Yaz lawsuits claiming the birth control pills caused serious blood clot injuries such as stroke and pulmonary embolism -- the very same side effects cited in NuvaRing lawsuits. The average amount awarded to individual Plaintiffs in Yaz blood clot settlements is about $218,000.
How Do I File a NuvaRing Blood Clot Lawsuit?
There are several options for filing a NuvaRing blood clot lawsuit. The best option for many is to join the NuvaRing lawsuit MDL, where the majority of cases have been consolidated.
The NuvaRing lawsuit MDL is often a good choice for women hoping to bring a NuvaRing lawsuit because it allows thousands of NuvaRing blood clot victims to file lawsuits under the jurisdiction of one judge, but allows them to retain their own attorney and receive an individual award if the case is won or settled. The award they would receive in a NuvaRing lawsuit MDL is typically much larger than any individual award expected in a NuvaRing class action lawsuit. For example, in a NuvaRing class action lawsuit, hundreds of thousands of NuvaRing users are joined together. Once or if a NuvaRing class action settlement is reached, class members would typically share the award and the award may be in the thousands of dollars range per claimant, rather than tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, or even millions of dollars in some cases for individual NuvaRing blood clot lawsuits. On the other hand, if the NuvaRing lawsuit MDL settles, everyone who joins the MDL would receive any financial award individually, unlike in a class action lawsuit. The NuvaRing lawsuit MDL lawyers will determine exactly what each Plaintiff will receive depending on the injury suffered. This may mean that those who file NuvaRing wrongful death lawsuits due to heart attack or stroke will receive more than those who successfully recovered from a NuvaRing heart attack or NuvaRing stroke. The NuvaRing law firms litigating the MDL will determine this as the case progresses.
A NuvaRing compensation consultant can help you determine your best option for winning a NuvaRing blood clot lawsuit settlement. This consultation is always free. Whether you file a NuvaRing blood clot lawsuit, class action lawsuit or join the MDL will depend on the NuvaRing side effects and injuries you incurred.
What Are the Common Side Effects & Injuries Claimed in NuvaRing Lawsuits?
Anyone who has used a NuvaRing contraceptive device needs to know the side effects so they can be caught and hopefully treated without resulting in death. Common NuvaRing side effects alleged in lawsuits include:
* heart attack
* pulmonary embolism
* deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
* blood clots
Those who experienced NuvaRing blood clots or other adverse side effects and injuries may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and other injuries. If you or a loved one has experienced any of these NuvaRing side effects, it's critical that you speak with a NuvaRing blood clot attorney now to determine if you are a good fit to file a NuvaRing class action lawsuit or individual NuvaRing blood clot lawsuit. The medical expenses alone for any NuvaRing side effect could amount in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, and sadly some have died as a result of these side effects. Multiple NuvaRing wrongful death lawsuits have been filed by families who lost their loved one due to a NuvaRing heart attack, pulmonary embolism, stroke or other deadly NuvaRing side effect.
If you would like more information about filing a NuvaRing class action lawsuit or would like to file an individual NuvaRing lawsuit or join the NuvaRing lawsuit MDL, just go to the NuvaRing Birth Control Class Action Lawsuit Investigation page. You can submit your information, or your loved one's, to NuvaRing attorneys who are actively investigating all claims regarding NuvaRing blood clots, heart attack, stroke and other complications from taking NuvaRing birth control. NuvaRing attorneys are waiting to talk to you now and the consultation is free. NuvaRing lawyers don't get paid unless you win or settle.