Silicone Breast Implant Lawsuit
For the past 20 years, silicone breast implants have been hurting people. In fact, there was a class action settlement including almost a half a million women who received $4 billion. In 2006, the FDA lifted the ban on manufacturing silicone for implants, however, the dangers of developing cancer continues to lead many to file a silicone breast implant lawsuit.
About Silicone Breast Implants
Silicone gel-filled breast implants have an outer shell of silicone with silicone gel. The implants may contain toxic chemicals or heavy metals left over from the manufacturing process. This is also true for “cohesive gel” or “gummy bear” silicone implants that have recently become popular because they are advertised as leak-resistant. The most popular types of implants are:
- Allergan Natrelle
- Allergan Natrelle Cohesive Silicone Gel Implants
- Mentor MemoryGel
- Mentor MemoryShape
- Sientra Silicone Gel Breast Implants
Breast Implants & Cancer
ALCL is a rare type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and can appear in lymph nodes, skin, bones, soft tissue, lungs, or the liver. ALCL has an average latency of 8 years from breast implant to diagnosis. A medical professional finds ALCL cells in the fluid (seroma) surrounding the breast implant. A doctor can treat breast implant ALCL the type of T-cell lymphoma that develops around breast implants. ALCL is not a cancer of the breast tissue itself.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized that breast implant-associated ALCL (BIA-ALCL) can develop following breast implant placement.
As of February 1, 2017, the FDA received a total of 359 medical device reports (MDRs) of BIA-ALCL. The FDA reported “There are 231 reports that included information on the implant surface. Of these, 203 were reported to be textured implants and 28 reported to be smooth implants. Most of the reports contained no information about the surface textures of any previous implants. In addition, 312 of the 359 reports included information on implant fill types. Of these, 186 reported implants filled with silicone gel and 126 reported implants filled with saline.”
On March 21, 2017, the FDA issued a statement, noting that the “FDA has updated its understanding of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) to reflect the agency’s concurrence with the World Health Organization designation of BIA-ALCL as a rare T-cell lymphoma that can develop following breast implants. At this time, most data suggest that BIA-ALCL occurs more frequently following implantation of breast implants with textured surfaces rather than those with smooth surfaces.”
Missing Safety Studies
In 2006, Mentor Worldwide was the first to resell silicone breast implants. However, the FDA asked the company to conduct six long-term safety studies spanning a decade and to include 80,000 women. Then, only three years into the study, Mentor “lost track” of almost 80% of women in the study. With less than a quarter of participants, the study was meaningless. This began a common trend with other silicone breast implant companies. Allergan didn’t follow almost half of their participants in a safety study.
In 2001, a Dallas plastic surgeon urged the FDA to recall all silicone breast implants. He said that silicone is an “industrial toxin”.
We Want to Help Silicone Breast Implant Victims
Furthermore, it is your right for manufacturers to inform you about the long-term risks associated with the medical devices, and it is the responsibility of manufacturers to provide this information. If a doctor diagnosed you with ALCL, you should demand accountability. Why did the manufacturer not tell you?
Of course, we want to help send a message that this is not acceptable. We are advocates for consumers who have been harmed by dangerous products, and likewise, we have the experience necessary to successfully litigate these cases.
Contact the Michael Brady Lynch Firm today for a free consultation to learn more about seeking justice. Compensation may be available for any medical expenses associated with this ordeal, as well as for your physical and emotional suffering. There is no obligation.
How We Can Help
When you experience side effects from a dangerous drug, it can have devastating effects on your entire life. A verdict or settlement could also provide compensation for your injuries and damages. The types of recoverable losses are:
If a person dies from complications from a drug, family members may be able to recover damages for the wrongful death of their loved one, including:
- Funeral expenses
- Medical expenses prior to death
- Loss of economic support; and
- Loss of companionship
If the conduct of a company is found to be highly reckless, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the company and deter similar conduct in the future. If a doctor diagnosed you with ALCL and you have breast implants, please speak to us to learn more about your rights.
The Michael Brady Lynch Firm is currently accepting cases in all 50 states. Please use the form on this page or call toll-free 24 hours a day at 877-513-9517.