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$14 million awarded in a medical malpractice lawsuit

Taking contraceptives is relatively normal in New Jersey and the rest of the United States. The drugs are allegedly safe as long as they are used correctly, but if that's the case, then why are so many women complaining of serious and potentially life-threatening injuries? While it's important to know the risks, if they're downplayed, you could find yourself injured and wondering why the risks weren't made more apparent and discussed with you seriously.

According to an April 19 report, a jury has now awarded $14 million to a woman in Chicago who sued her doctor for medical malpractice over a stroke she had after taking a contraceptive.

According to the woman, she suffered a debilitating stroke after she took the drug Yasmin. Could it have been a coincidence? Her attorneys don't believe so, and it would be hard to believe that it was. According to the woman's lawyers, the she suffered from the stroke only 13 days after starting the medication. That stroke resulted in permanent brain damage and paralyzed her left side.

The woman's trial took two weeks to complete in Cook County, according to the news, and previously, a $2.5 million settlement in the same matter was already awarded a month ago. That settlement was reached with Resurrection Medical Center. Unfortunately, this is not the only woman who has struggled with the sometimes terrifying side-effects of Yasmin or other contraceptives.

The drug maker, Bayer, has faced a number of lawsuits from women in the past due to claims that the contraceptives led to blood clots. These clots allegedly led to severe health consequences for those women, but the company doesn't seem to agree. It claims that the drug is safe to use when it's used as directed, even though some women are claiming otherwise.

Source:  New Jersey Herald, "$14M awarded in suit linking contraceptive, stroke" No author given, Apr. 19, 2014

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