Mentor Silicone Breast Implants
A storm of lawsuits recently emerged after the FDA found an association between silicone breast implants and a rare form of cancer called lymphoma. Many victims filed a claim after they started suffering from serious medical conditions that included, in some instances, anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a malignant form of leukemia. According to plaintiff’s accusations, Johnson and Johnson and its subsidiary Mentor Worldwide failed to warn about the danger of hazardous chemicals leaking from the silicone breast implant into its capsule.
Bellwether Trial Date: April 2017
Injury: Bleeding Accidents, stroke, and death.
Manufacturer: Pfizer and Bristol-Myers
Settlement Amounts: EST – $100,000 over $1,000,000
Why are silicone breast implants dangerous?
Back in the 1980s and 1990s, because of their softness, silicone breast implants were the favored choice among many women who preferred them over their saline solution counterparts. However, a large controversy emerged as soon as many patients started suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, painful side effects and cancer after the devices ruptured and leaked.
In 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found that women who got implanted with a silicone breast device had an increased risk to develop a rare form of cancer known as anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL). This danger is especially high in those who received a breast implant with textured surfaces rather than smooth ones. The regulatory agency received a total of 359 medical device reports so far, including 9 death cases.
Breast Implant Side Effects you should be aware of include:
- Muscle and breast pain
- Breast asymmetry
- Unnatural hardening or softening of the breast
- Extreme fatigue
- Skin rashes
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Why is your breast Implant threatening your health?
The mentor silicone breast implant is embedded behind the breast and chest muscles, and a capsule of fibrous tissues (scar) forms around it after the insertion. If the implant ruptures, silicone may start leaking into the surrounding tissues causing inflammation, swelling, pain and change in breast shape or size. This substance may, in fact, prove to be toxic when it reaches your blood, causing chemical imbalances, allergies and, in some instances even cancer. Even if it does not kill you outright, the side effects associated with a defective implant may have a severe impact on your quality of life.
Recent history of the silicone breast implant lawsuits
After several women had sued the pharmaceutical companies over alleged health hazards associated with the silicone-based breast implants, the FDA banned their use in 1992. The number of litigations filed grew to enormous proportion, and in 1995 the principal defendant Dow Corning Corp. was forced into bankruptcy after the $4 billion settlement drained all the company’s finances.
After 14 years, in 2006 the regulatory agency decided to lift the ban, allowing Mentor Worldwide LLC and Allergan Inc. only to manufacture silicone devices used for cosmetic breast augmentation and breast reconstruction. The FDA required Mentor to conduct 6 clinical trials that were supposed to confirm the Memory Gel Breast implants’ safety. After more than 11 years, however, the company never submitted those studies, and a new wave of litigations began to flood federal and state courts all over the country.
Attorneys argue that the company was under obligation to design these studies as a condition to obtaining FDA’s approval. The FDA still lacks adequate data to assess the risks associated with these implants because Mentor never provided it while many women’s lives are constantly put in jeopardy.
Mize vs. Mentor Worldwide LLC
In February 2017, the plaintiff Rexina Mize and her spouse Minh Nguyen filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson arguing the company was negligent in warning them about the possible dangers of the Mentor MemoryGel silicone device. The woman started suffering from serious side effects such as skin rashes, chronic fatigue, nausea and excruciating pain after the breast implant allegedly started bleeding silicone from the capsule. Mr. Nguyen also sued the pharmaceutical company for loss of consortium.
Allergan Inc. Breast Implant Lawsuits Begin
On January 23, 2017, plaintiff Pamela R. Loftus filed a lawsuit against Allergan Inc. alleging the silicone breast implant she received on September 2014 ruptured after just four months. In her suit, Loftus accuses the defendant of negligent designing and manufacturing an inherently defective and flawed device that caused her substantial harm. The litigation (Case number: 2:17-cv-01430) was originally filed in Kanawha Circuit Court, but on March 2 the judge decided to remove it to federal court.
If you have been diagnosed with ALCL or suffered serious adverse reactions after receiving a Mentor MemoryGel™ Silicone Breast Implant, our attorneys can help you seek financial compensation. Call us now and we will provide you free legal assistance with no obligation.
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