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. The women began sick from the toxicity of the leaking silicone. In 2006, the FDA lifted the ban on manufacturing silicone for implants, however, the dangers continue leading 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
Symptoms of Leaking Silicone
It is important to recognize the symptoms associated with silicone leaking into an implant. It could save your life.
- The decrease in breast size
- Change in breast shape
- Hard lumps over the implant or chest
- Pain or tenderness
- Burning sensation
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.”
Breast Implants & Autoimmune Disorders
After receiving an implant, many women reported problems with autoimmune or connective tissue disorder symptoms. This includes joint pain and fatigue. However, breast implant companies did not study the safety of implants in women who had a family history or personal history of autoimmune disorders before getting implants. These companies intentionally excluded them since they thought these women are more likely to have health problems from the implants.
About Autoimmune Disorders
Autoimmune disorder happens when immune cells attack your body. These cells work to fight off infections and foreign substances. This is why these cells see silicone as a foreign substance and trigger an immune response. Sometimes the immune system launches an attack so catastrophic that the cells attack the body. Then, symptoms can include joint pain, fatigue, mental confusion, dry eyes, and hair loss. Also, women already with an autoimmune disorder could develop increased symptoms.
In 2017, Immunologic Research published a 30-year study investigating women with silicone implants. Researchers found that 100 patients developed an autoimmune disease called ASIA syndrome due to silicone incompatibility. This led researchers to investigate the symptoms and diagnoses related to silicone.
The common silicone-related complaints are:
- Muscle aches
- Aching and painful joints
- Dry eyes and mouth
- Poor memory or concentration
- Numbness including weakness and dizziness
n 2001, FDA scientists reported that women with silicone gel implants were nearly 3 times more likely to have fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes widespread pain in the body as well as fatigue. Little is known about how fibromyalgia develops, but researchers think it is an immune system problem.
Other silicone-related diagnoses include:
- Raynaud’s disease marked by painful cold, pale, or purplish fingers and toes
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Allergies including food and metal
- Immunodeficiencies marked by recurrent infections like pneumonia, sinus infections, and diarrhea
- Autoimmune diseases like Scleroderma, Lupus, and Sjogren’s
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” and warned that half of silicone breast implants rupture by 10 years, 72% by 15 years, and 92% by 20 years.
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 an autoimmune disorder or have leaking implants, 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
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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 an autoimmune disorder or leaking implant, please speak to us to learn more about your rights.
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