Many people in the United States have breast implants, but many are not aware that textured breast implants could pose a heightened risk of cancer and other serious side effects.
Implant manufacturers Mentor Worldwide, a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson, and Allergan are accused of marketing and selling implants that cause cancer and other serious problems, specifically the rare cancer known as breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL).
Who is affected?
Women who have had breast implants manufactured by Allergan, Mentor Worldwide, and/or other companies are at risk for serious side effects.
“A recent study published in JAMA Oncology…found that silicone breast implants with a textured surface are 400-times more likely to cause a rare type of cancer compared to silicone breast implants with a smooth surface,” says Mass Tort Nexus.
The FDA has also asked Allergan to recall their Biocell textured breast implants as they are six times more likely than other brands to cause BIA-ALCL. Allergan has complied with this by pulling Biocell breast implants from all markets as a precaution, however, several lawsuits are claiming that Allergan knew about the link between their textured implants and BIA-ALCL and continued to market their product without regard for its effects.
What are the possible side effects?
Possible side effects of these breast implants are the rare breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). You may experience lymph node swelling, loss of appetite, fatigue, and fever.
A doctor can diagnosis BIA-ALCL. Additionally, side effects have been reported with Mentor Worldwide’s breast implants including fatigue, hair loss, gastrointestinal problems, rashes, and itching.
How Can You Be Compensated for Your Injuries?
If you have been harmed by textured breast implants, you may be eligible for compensation. You could be compensated for:
- Medical expenses, including removal of breast implants
- Doctor’s appointments related to the procedure
- Chemotherapy in the event of cancer
- Financial loss including time off work
- Pain and suffering
Were you injured by Allergan’s Textured Breast Implants?
If you were injured by Allergan’s Textured Breast Implants or Johnson & Johnson’s Mentor Worldwide’s breast implants, you may be eligible for compensation.
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