Breast implant surgery is a common procedure in the U.S. Hundreds of thousands of women undergo breast implant surgery every year, either for cosmetic purposes or after a mastectomy. Though the surgery itself is relatively safe, some of the breast implants used by surgeons aren’t.
Textured breast implants have been linked to a rare form of cancer. If you have had breast implants, and you’ve been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, you should explore your legal options.
Lawsuits against the makers of these dangerous textured breast implants are underway, and you could be entitled to significant compensation for the damages you’ve suffered. Contact our firm today for a free consultation.
Understanding Cancer Caused by Breast Implants
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cautioned that all women receiving breast implants should be made aware of Breast Implant Associated Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). This rare form of cancer is not breast cancer – it is a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which is a cancer of the immune system.
The FDA also says that textured breast implants carry a greater risk of BIA-ALCL than smooth-surfaced implants, as do other textured breast products, such as certain textured tissue expanders.
And specific types of textured breast implants carry an even greater risk than others. For example, the FDA requested breast implant manufacturer, Allergan, to recall its BIOCELL textured breast implants and tissue expanders.
Allergan’s textured breast implants and tissue expanders carry a risk of BIA-ALCL 6 times greater than textured breast implants for other manufacturers marketing these products in the U.S.
Signs of Breast Implant-Linked Cancer
The FDA lists the symptoms of BIA-ALCL as:
- Persistent swelling
- Presence of a mass
- Pain in the vicinity of the breast implant
If you have any of these symptoms, seek immediate medical care and testing for BIA-ALCL.
Legal Options for BIA-ALCL Sufferers
Women who have been diagnosed with BIA-ALCL have a legal right to pursue compensation from the manufacturers of the breast implant linked to their cancer diagnoses. These product liability claims are essential to ensure injured consumers have the compensation they need to meet the many expenses they face because of their condition.
Like all types of cancer, BIA-ALCL can be an extremely costly disease, resulting in expensive medical bills and lost income. Sufferers might also experience physical and emotional pain and suffering. By filing an injury claim against the breast implant manufacturer, you can seek payment for the damages you’ve incurred because of these dangerous products.
Our Firm Is Now Accepting Inquiries From BIA-ALCL Patients
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with BIA-ALCL after getting textured breast implants, you should consider all your legal options. Our product liability attorneys have years of experience holding negligent manufacturers responsible for the harm they’ve caused consumers.
We’re now accepting calls about textured breast implants, BIA-ALCL, and potential lawsuits. To speak to our team in a free, confidential case review, simply contact us today to get started.
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