Texas Parents File Yaz Side Effects Lawsuit on Behalf of Daughter
Texas residents Ed and Elaine Cavazos, as parents of their daughter, M.C., a minor, have filed a new Yaz side effects lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. Their Yaz lawyers filed the case on August 15, 2012.
The Cavazos blame manufacturer Bayer for injuries suffered by their daughter after she took Yaz and/or Yasmin birth control.
Yaz lawyers: plaintiffs’ daughter suffered gallbladder problems
According to their Yaz lawyers, who drew up the complaint, the plaintiffs’ daughter M.C. was born August 19, 1996. She was prescribed Yaz and/or Yasmin by her healthcare provider in 2011. In the spring of 2012, she suffered serious abdominal pain, culminating in the removal of her gallbladder.
On April 15, 2012, M.C. underwent emergency surgery to remove her gallbladder, requiring a lengthy hospital stay in Austin, Texas. As a result of her use of Yaz, she suffered serious side effects, including a severe gallbladder attack and emergency removal. As a result of now being without a gallbladder, she is also now more at risk of future kidney and liver ailments, physical pain and mental anguish, and diminished enjoyment of life. She will need lifelong medical treatment, monitoring, and medications.
Despite the severity of her injury, neither M.C. nor her parents were aware of a potential link between her gallbladder problems and her birth control pills until April 2012.
Bayer negotiating Yaz lawsuit settlement amounts
So far in the Yaz MDL in the Southern District of Illinois, manufacturer Bayer has negotiated Yaz lawsuit settlement amounts of over $400 million, and the company is still in negotiations. Bayer has estimated that before litigation is over, they are likely to pay over $1 billion in damages.
Most of these settlements have been negotiated in cases where plaintiffs suffered from Yaz blood clots. Cases of Yaz gallbladder disease, like M.C.’s, may require bellwether trials. Though blood clots and related complications are the most commonly reported Yaz side effects, hundreds of women have also claimed that the birth control pills caused gallbladder disease.
The gallbladder has estrogen receptors in it, and these receptors attract cholesterol. Too much cholesterol thickens the bile, which raises the risk of inflammation and gallstones. Some researchers speculate that birth control pills like Yaz and Yasmin may increase estrogen present in the body, raising the risk of thickening bile.
One study published in April 2011 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal suggested that fourth-generation progestins like drospirenone, which is used in Yaz and Yasmin, may create more of a risk than older, more established progestins used in standard birth control pills.
Yaz lawyers bring counts of negligence and liability
The Cavazos’ suit brings counts of product liability, negligence, and misrepresentation. The plaintiffs seek compensatory and punitive damages.