Defective Breast Implant Claim Attorneys
Silicone gel-filled breast implants were first introduced in the United States in 1962 by Cronin and Gerow. Implant failure, complications, and illness soon followed and in 1988 the USFDA announced that all breast implants would be relabeled as class III medical devices.
In 1992, the FDA approved adjunct study protocol for silicone gel-filled breast implants for reconstruction and revision patients. Three years later in 1995, the major manufacturer of silicone and other implants, Dow Corning Corp. faced 19,000 lawsuits for defective breast implants
, forcing the company to file bankruptcy.
Finally, in November 2006, the FDA approved a new type of silicone gel-filled breast implant made by two manufacturers for cosmetic breast augmentation and breast reconstruction. The approval was given with a requirement to complete a ten year study on women who have already received the implants and a study involving the safety of implants in 40,000 women. The study was conducted to ensure that the breast implants were not defective.
The FDA warns that having implants carries certain risks and that women with implants should be given brochures explaining the risks of breast implants and to have periodic MRI exams to monitor any signs of breast implant defects which can cause rupture or leakage in patients.
Problems Associated with Defective Breast Implants
A rupture happens when the silicone covering tears or breaks. The rupture can be caused by an accident, a defect in the breast implant, implant stresses, a cut during a medical procedure, or simply by the aging of the implant. Ruptured saline implants normally deflate quickly but a silicone gel leak or rupture can take years for someone to notice.
Capsular contracture happens if the implant is too tight and feels like it is squeezing the implant. The breast implant defect can occur with a saline or silicone gel breast implant and can cause severe to mild pain. It can also change the shape of the breast and make it look unnatural. Surgery may be needed to fix the shape of the implant once it deflates.
Most infections appear within a few days or possibly weeks after implant surgery. In severe cases infections can cause toxic shock syndrome or even death. If the infection is serious, the implant will be removed and can be replaced after the infection is gone.
Bacteria and fungus can grow on the saline implant if it is no longer sterile and can cause an infection once broken as well.
The following list includes symptoms and signs that indicate that you may have a defective breast implant;
What Diseases or Problems Have Been Possibly Linked to Having Silicone Breast
- Breast Pain
- Upper and Lower Back Pain
- Chemical Sensitivities
- Muscle Pain, Stiffness, Unusual Fatigue
- Excessive Hair Loss
- Achy or Swollen Joints
- Extreme fatigue
- Skin Rashes
- Sensitivity to Sunlight
- Kidney Problems
- Difficulty Swallowing or Breathing
The following are diseases that have been possibly linked with defective silicone breast implants. Studies have shown that women with implants may have at greater risk in developing problems compared to women without implants;
- Neurological Diseases
- Rheumatological Problems
- Autoimmune Diseases
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Esophogeal Immotility
- Raynaud’s Syndrome
- Multiple Sclerosis Like Symptoms
- General Connective Tissue Diseases
- Systemic Fungus
- Sjogren’s Syndrome
If you believe you may have a problem or disease relating to defective breast implants, it is recommended to contact a professional physician who can make a professional diagnosis.
Who Can Sue
If you or a loved one are ill, or a death has occurred and the person had previously been implanted with a silicone breast implant or a defective breast implant manufactured by:
• Dow Corning Corporation
• McGhan, Mentor, CUI or Bioplast
• Baxter Health Care
• 3M Corporation
• Bristol-Meyer Squibb
You may be entitled to receive a settlement from one of these Claims Office Facilities. Talk to a product liability attorney
about the details of your defective breast implant case.
Insurance claims and other claim types can also be filed for problems associated with defective breast implants involving other companies not listed.
Currently there are several class action lawsuits being filed by victims of defective breast implants.
Dow Corning Brand Breast Implants Handled by Dow Corning Trust Facility (SF-DCT)
Settlements are currently handled for Dow Corning brand breast implants for Class 5 claimants as well as cases involving implants that contained silicone gel for Class 7 claimants. A product liability attorney will be able to explain the requirements for each of these defective breast implant lawsuits.
- Funds are available for various foreign claimants and for those that received other Dow Corning manufactured products
- The program offers settlement payments ranging from $2,000-$300,000 to eligible defective breast implant claimants until June 3, 2019.
Find out about your legal rights and if you qualify for a defective breast implant class action lawsuit or other compensation involving defective breast implants by speaking to a product liability attorney about your case.
The rules set up for breast implant litigation are very strict especially involving the MDL-926, Revised Settlement Program and the Settlement Facility Trust of Dow Corning (SF-DCT).
Speak to an experienced product liability attorney regarding defective breast implant claims or any other product liability cases for specific rules setup for product claims.
If you or a loved one are seriously injured or a death has occurred as the result of a defective breast implant or product, contact a product liability lawyer
to learn if you are entitled to legal compensation or have any questions regarding a product liability claim.