Essure is a permanent form of female birth control (female sterilization). In short, the device is intended to cause bilateral occlusion (blockage) of the fallopian tubes by the insertion of micro-inserts into the fallopian tubes which then anchor and elicit tissue growth, theoretically causing the blockage.
Harmed by Essure?
If you've experienced chronic pelvic pain, hysterectomies, and other serious injuries due to Bayer's Essure birth control device, you could be entitled to significant compensation.
Since filing the nation's first Essure lawsuit in 2014, we now represent over 1,200 Essure victims just like you.
The Original Essure Attorneys
Melanie Goshgarian has been a longtime Essure advocate and has attended several protests and Congressional meetings.
Angie Firmalino has been an outstanding advocate for women harmed by Essure. She has been interviewed extensively by the media and was featured in the documentary "The Bleeding Edge."
Amanda Dykeman has lobbied for the rights of Essure victims through visits to the FDA, protests, and the "Essure Problems" Facebook support group.
In this NBC6 report, Michelle Garcia talks about how the Essure implant has impacted her life, and recounts her powerful testimony at a Bayer stockholder meeting.
Leaders in the fight to hold Bayer accountable.
Since filing the nation's first Essure lawsuit, PWS partner Justin Parafinczuk serves at the forefront of the nationwide Essure litigation movement.
Dear Essure sufferer,
If you are reading this, you have probably had a bad experience with Essure. The good news is that you are in the right place to get help. We have a deep understanding of Essure and the problems associated with it. What is Essure? It is one of the many birth control devices on the market, but it would be better labeled "sterilization birth control." Our firm was the first in the country to file an Essure lawsuit, when no one else would even consider it.
We came in contact with our first Essure clients through the Essure problems Facebook page. We were personally taken aback by the strong base of women that had organized the Essure problems page and what they were able to accomplish on their own with their advocacy, and knew that we needed to help them with their cases. They needed a voice in the courts-the only place that they did not have one.
Many women have constantly told us that their Essure side effects have gone ignored by their doctors. We knew, just as you do, that Essure complications are not just a coincidence or phantom pain. Essure complications are real, and many doctors are now acknowledging that. What is even more troubling is that no one has done the research to determine what the Essure side effects long term are from Essure placement.
Our advocacy for this cause is not limited to the courtroom, we have met with the commissioner of the FDA, filed a citizen's petition with the FDA, met with members of Congress, and attended numerous protests with our clients. We have advocated for an Essure recall. And, we believe with more advocacy an Essure recall is possible.
Further, Essure news is important for all of our clients to get. We utilize our social media to stay in contact with our clients and provide Essure lawsuit updates and the latest Essure News based on our efforts in the courtroom. This is key to our having a unified front.
As your Essure lawyers, we promise you the same level of commitment every one of our clients has. An Essure birth control lawsuit is a way to take control of what has happened to you. Keep in mind that your case will not be an Essure lawsuit class action. It will be your individual case, handled by us. I hope that we can help you in your search for justice.
Justin Parafinczuk, ESQ
Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney
Common Essure Questions
What is Essure?
What are the side effects?
Thousands of women have reported a variety of side effects including pelvic pain, perforated organs, headaches, nausea, allergies, hair loss, fatigue, device migration, weight changes, depression, mood changes, skin rashes, adhesion disorders, and hysterectomies.
Can I join the Essure lawsuit?
If you or a loved one has been negatively impacted by Essure, you may be eligible for compensation by Bayer. Since filing the nation's first Essure lawsuit, we now represent over 1,000 victims just like you. Speak with one of our Essure attorneys today to learn more about your rights and options.
How can I support FDA action?
We have prepared and filed the first "Citizens Petition" with the FDA requesting that the agency, among other actions, withdraw its premarket approval of Essure. To learn more about the petition or how you can support it, please visit this link.
PWS listened to us and took on our cases when no one else would. They have spearheaded the Essure litigation and I am so grateful for the amazing work they are doing to help women with Essure problems!
PWS enthusiastically stepped up to the plate and accepted the challenge with optimism when approached by clients injured by Essure. Their kindness, professionalism, determination, strong ethics, and boundless knowledge of the law separates them from the rest and makes them the best!
I fought Bayer long and hard against this device. I found the only lawyer in the country, Marcus Susen, willing to take our case. Because I found him, tens of thousands of women may someday get justice for having our bodies destroyed and our quality of life stolen from us.
They are amazing for taking our Essure case head on. We appreciate everything you are doing for us.
No words to express my gratitude. Class act firm and humans with heart.
May 1, 2019
The PWS Essure team spoke about the impact client advocacy has had on the Essure case.
Apr 19, 2019
Marcus Susen presented on the panel "Essure Discontinued: Where do we go from here?" at the 2019 Mass Torts Made Perfect conference.
Apr 11, 2019
Justin Parafinczuk spoke with Drugwatch to discuss a judge's partial denial of Bayer's bid to dismiss 12 Essure cases.
Jan 11, 2019
Marcus Susen, partner with Parafinczuk Wolf Susen and lead counsel for the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee for Essure, presented at Mass Torts Made Perfect in Las Vegas at a panel titled “Essure Discontinued: Where do we go from here?”
Aug 20, 2018
PWS' Marcus Susen took on Essure cases after learning that there was a struggle to find legal representation. Now, he leads the Essure Plaintiff's Steering Committee.
Aug 15, 2018
The PWS Essure team discusses how the case is more than just law for them. They've become personally engaged.
Jul 27, 2018
Justin Parafinczuk and Marcus Susen weighed in on the decision to end the sale of Essure. The two attorneys have been at the forefront of the national litigation against the permanent form of birth control, which includes more than 10,000 cases throughout the country.
Jul 20, 2018
Bayer has announced they will halt Essure sales this year. Marcus Susen has been leading the litigation against the birth control. See what he has to say about the deicison.
Jul 6, 2018
Parafinczuk Wolf Susen hosted an exclusive pre-screening of The Bleeding Edge, a documentary that delves deep into the $400 billion medical device industry from Academy Award® nominated filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering at the Classic Gateway Theatre in Fort Lauderdale.
Jun 1, 2018
Marcus Susen and Justin Parafinczuk have been at the forefront of the national litigation against Essure birth control, but it has not been an easy path. Their persistency has served as a lesson to keep the fight going.
May 15, 2018
Marcus Susen and Justin Parafinczuk have been appointed to leadership positions on the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee for Essure. Susen was named lead counsel for the entire committee, with Parafinczuk appointed discovery chair.
May 10, 2018
As Bayer pushes to move lawsuits to federal courts, plaintiffs are fighting to keep them at the state level. Marcus shares his opinion on the change.
May 2, 2018
Marcus Susen, the lead counsel for the Essure Plaintiff Steering Committee, was featured on NBC6 discussing the dangers behind Essure. Marcus has handled the litigation prior to any other lawyers filing similar suits, and represents more than 1,000 women who have had adverse reactions to the permanent birth control device.
Apr 25, 2018
Partners Marcus Susen and Justin Parafinczuk of the Fort Lauderdale-based law firm Parafinczuk Wolf Susen have been appointed to leadership positions on the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee for Essure. Susen and Parafinczuk have been at the forefront of this national litigation that includes more than 10,000 cases throughout the country. Judge John R. Padova, Jr. from the Federal Court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, named Susen lead counsel for the entire committee, with Parafinczuk appointed discovery chair.
Apr 13, 2018
Marcus Susen and Justin Parafinczuk have handled the litigation involving Essure prior to any other lawyers filing similar suits, representing more than 1,000 women who had adverse reactions to the permanent birth control device. Now, they have been appointed to leadership positions on the Plaintiff's Steering Committee for Essure.
Apr 13, 2018
Despite the recet FDA restrictions on Essure, Marcus Susen urges more changes to take place.
Apr 10, 2018
On April 9, 2018, the FDA stated Bayer may be subject to criminal and civil penalties should they not comply with its new order requiring new labeling for Bayer's controversial birth control device, Essure.
Apr 10, 2018
Justin Parafinczuk weighs in on the new guidelines the FDA has placed on Essure, the permanent form of birth control.
Jan 29, 2018
Marcus Susen and Justin Parafinczuk are pushing for an FDA ban on Essure birth control. They were interviewed by the Daily Business Review's Celia Ampel.
Essure Resource Center
Founded by PWS client Angie Firmalino, "Essure Problems" has grown to become Facebook's largest support group with over 32,000 members.
On April 9, 2018, the FDA restricted the sale of Essure and threatens Bayer with criminal and civil sanctions if it does not immediately comply.
The FDA posted interim results for the postmarket surveillance ("522") study on Essure.
A black box warning - the strictest warning a medical device can receive - and a patient decision checklist are added to Essure.
PWS files a Citizens Petition with the FDA seeking the removal of Essure from the market or additional warnings.
On October 30, 2017, Members of US Congress write to FDA Commissioner demanding accountability for Bayer.
An informative resources with numerous links to state-specific support groups, device removal information, and articles of interest.
Bayer announces it will discontinue sales of Essure after the FDA order restricting sale and distribution.
PWS obtains first victory in the country over preemption defense.
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