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Breast Implants Injury Lawsuits

Research has shown that breast implants might have caused you to suffer life-threatening side effects, including pain and even, in some cases, cancer.

Breast Implants Linked to Cancer

After conducting a thorough literature review for 13 years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concluded that breast implants, whether composed of saline or silicone, are linked to Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL), a cancer of the immune system. The FDA issued a breast implant warning in the form of a safety communication on its web site.

ALCL is a rare, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that can appear in lymph nodes, skin, bones, soft tissue, lungs, or the liver. In those with breast implants, the symptoms occur not in the implant but in what’s called the “capsule” behind it. The implant is inserted either behind the breast tissue or the chest muscle, and a fibrous scar (the capsule) normally develops around the implant, separating it from the breast tissue. ALCL occurs around the capsule, not the breast. Women experience the following symptoms:

  • pain
  • lumps
  • collection of fluid
  • asymmetric breast size
  • hardening of the breast area
  • masses surrounding the breast area

The FDA has identified 34 published cases and 60 case reports of ALCL in women with breast implants worldwide. The discrepancy is due to the unknown number of double-counted cases, though some uncounted ones probably exist as well. ALCL appears in 1 woman in 500,000 each year but only 3 women in 100 million develop it in their breasts. By comparison 5 million to 10 million women worldwide have breast implants. Consequently, in September 2011, the FDA decided against issuing a breast implant recall, and the Rottenstein Law Group knows of no breast implant lawsuits or breast implant class action lawsuits related to ALCL.

Allergan and Mentor (a Johnson & Johnson division) control half of the breast implant market. They accounted for 6.5% of Allergan’s 2009 $4.5 billion in earnings, for example. As a result, the FDA is looking into requiring the two companies to conduct more safety studies as well as changing breast implant labeling requirements. The FDA and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons were reportedly joining forces to create a breast implant registry.

RLG’s Lawyers Will Make Things Easier

The process of demanding compensation for the harm you’ve suffered can be complicated, even if it doesn’t seem fair that you should have to go through even more trouble to be made whole again. The lawyers at the Rottenstein Law Group believe that getting satisfaction from the company that harmed you shouldn’t be just more hardship. That’s why we do everything we can to streamline the process, and we will file a breast implant lawsuit on your behalf if necessary.

If you have or had breast implants and experienced one of the above problems, contact RLG today.

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  1. Guest
    on November 23, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    I was in the test study. I have gone blind one year after the implants and also have FIBRO, C.F.S Arthritis. I am now getting lumps in my lymph nodes that are coming up under my left armpit. I have had a sore throat for months now. I am convinced this all has to do with my silicone breast implants from mentor. My implants have caused horrible scare tissue under the base, it is as if they are falling out. I have contacted Mentor, my surgeon, even the F.D.A.. With no results.

  2. Guest
    on September 5, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    I have had since 1976 4 sets of Breast Implants and had problems with each set and still have problems today. As recent as 2007 had Capsular Contracture again had surgery to correct. Since that time Breast has gotten hard again, I have had lung problems shoulder pain and countless other problems. Went to hosp a year ago with severe pain in lower back thought it might have been kidney stones, Doctor performed CT scan a determined that I had myo facial pain syndrome as well as right breast implant leaking. Called Plastic surgeons office to obtain medical records and when I finally received them after much frustration in trying to obtain them, not only received mine but other patients as well as blank pages. In these record the Doctor noted at my last surgery in 2007 he removed scar tissue and re inserted the same implant that he removed I was appalled since it plainly states in Mentors product data sheet an implant is a one time device and is not to be re used, re sterilized , or reinserted as it can cause the same problems to occur again. I have no insurance and no job.

  3. Guest
    on August 15, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Has anyone had post-op arm pain after implants? My mom had implants put in about a month ago. These were replacements from Mentor implants that leaked. First time around she experienced arm pain, hoped the replacements would help alleviate the pain but now its worse than ever.

  4. Guest
    on August 15, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Had breast surgery as a result of a double mastectomy. I have fluid, occasional pain and uneven breast.

  5. Guest
    on August 11, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    I had an allergan Implant put in my right breast and ended up with a mycobacteria.

  6. Guest
    on June 28, 2012 at 5:12 am

    I just had my implants removed! That was my best decision ever. I was so sick, in & out the E.R., with no clear answer as to what was wrong. I have horrible joint & muscle pain, I had temporary paralysis on my right side of my body, too much to list. I had Mentor /saline 400 ccs.

  7. Guest
    on June 3, 2012 at 12:03 am

    I had Saline breast implants in 2004 and had one rupture in March 2009 (aprx), Mentor had NO record of the implants despite the serial numbers I had provided them. The doctor I'd gone to encouraged me to have both implants replaced in order to avoid potential problems in the future should another rupture occur. I did not experience any side affects or problems with the first implants. I experience pain and tenderness I'd not had previously.

  8. Guest
    on May 31, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    I had breast implant since 2008. My right breast is hard as a rock, very painful and itches so bad.

  9. Guest
    on May 31, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    I had Mentor Saline implants surgery in 2008, twice in that year. The first time resulted in 1 leaking implant noticed 2. Months post surgery and another surgery a few months later. Then 3 years later another leak and yet another surgery, with a different surgeon and implant manufacturer using silicone gel implants. A lot of pain and suffering not to mention the expense. Believe me, if I had any natural breast tissue left I wouldn’t have even bothered with this indignations.

  10. Guest
    on May 23, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    My implants dropped considerably after 11mos. I had them lifted. 2wks later I had pain, nausea, swelling and fever. 2wks after that an infected area was popping out of the scar at my breast fold. The surgeon took it out, washed that area and put the implant back in. 4/30/12, the same nausea, fever, pain and redness around the breast. I was treated by another doc for cellulitis, prescribed the strong antibiotic Bactrum for 2mo, and monitored for redness and swelling by my surgeon. There was pooling and redness. I asked if it could be leaking or if a leak would cause an infection, he said no. (Medical inquiries dept at Allergan said yes in rare cases) 5/18/12, a mammogram and ultra sound found a tear. By 5/21/12, the pain redness and pooling intensified. I went to the surgeons office and the site was now draining lots of puss. He still didn't think it was related to a leak until he saw silicone draining out w/ the puss. I immediately had to go in and have it removed, cleaned and tissue samples cut all on a local anesthetic. It was horrific. The implant had a considerable tear. If your Dr tells you that silicone is painless and won't cause these problems or infection...believe what your body is telling you.

  11. Guest
    on May 10, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    I had a breast lift/breast augmentation three years ago. The implants were Natrelle. Since then I have had my breasts done twice in efforts to reconstruct and improve them. A hard connective tissue on the bottom of both breasts developed and my breasts are deformed, hardened in some areas and I experience a lot of pain. I chose to participate in their Bifs research 10 yr longitudinal study. They were asking me very serious questions that made me curious as to other women having the same issues that I do, I've spent well over 30,000 on my breasts and I'm miserable. I was a dancer and had to quit because of what happened to my breasts. I lost out on years of money at the club. I want justice for the company's production and distribution of such horrible products.

  12. Guest
    on May 3, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    On October 2, 2008, I had a breast augmentation surgery performed by Dr. Garey S. Simmonds at the Seven Hills Surgery Center in Las Vegas NV. I was implanted with Mentor Saline Implants. After 6 months, I noticed my right breast was hardening and the doctor said it was normal and I just have to massage that breast. Now my breast is extremely hard, I'm under a lot of pain, I have a lot of fluid coming out of my nipple and my breast is dramatically asymmetric. 2 days ago the pain became unbearable and my right breast looks somewhat square and deformed.

    1. Guest
      on May 31, 2012 at 2:39 pm

      I had my breast done on May 8, 2008. I have been questioning for years if I could sue Dr. Simmonds because my breast have huge scars that make me look like my whole boobs a nipple. I had small ones before. I guess as I look up dirt to see if I'm not alone I came across this post by you. So do you think the implants I've had might be this recall thing? I've been too ashamed to go back or see a doctor because they turned out worse then having none.

  13. Guest
    on April 6, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    My wife is 47yrs old, she has just had (4 weeks ago) her PIP implants removed and replaced with allergan implants. She is and has had quite severe pain in her left breast; the right breast is only just a little discomfort. The left breast is in constant pain and even more so when touched on top just with finger tips.

  14. Guest
    on April 6, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    I have had my Mentor implants since 2006. How do you know if you have a leak? Can you see a leak from a mammogram? or ultrasound? My right breast moves around a lot and feels different than the other one. I also have a positive ANA and Lupus/Sjogrens with a connective tissue problem. Not sure if I should go to my GP and ask him or what.

  15. Guest
    on March 15, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    I believe I am sick because of my breast implants. I was implanted in 1998 Mcghan 168 biocell. 2001 case with Sjogrens. All through the years, I have not heard of the controversy with implants. I just thought I was sick. Needless to say. I have just been approved for SSDI because as of today I have the following medical issues.

    Sjogrens w/RA, Lupus (discoid), fibromyalgia, depression/anxiety, Positive ANA, Epstein bar virus, Degenerative disc disease. I am 39yrs old. I have medical records from beginning and have plastic surgeons original records. I am looking to get them explanted and would be more than willing to serve as a Ginny pig to relate disease and implants together.

    P.S. I also have a delamination process going on with left implant. The latch that goes over the valve is now sticking into my skin. This was founded 2yrs ago.

    1. Guest
      on July 18, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      My wife had a ruptured silicone implant. Dr. told us it's no big deal. After many tests regarding the pain, she was told she has toxic silicone poisoning fed code 989.83. She was supposed to sign a consent form that the DR. never provided. If any woman had read this prior to having implants, they would know the harm and just say NO THANKS. My wife was awarded permanent disability by SS. The good news is she is 12 years cancer free.

  16. Guest
    on March 6, 2012 at 12:45 am

    There appears a clear preference for the silicone implants after reconstruction due to mastectomy for cancer. Most women are (as I was and am) still digesting the very real possibility that our life may end prematurely. This is especially egregious if regular mammography and check up are done without fail. Although I have a medical background, I do not have personal experience of the less than informed procedure, the clearly prejudiced choice by most plastic surgeons to implant silicone, not saline for their own aesthetic preference, or ease of procedure. The mention of Lymphoma was Never mentioned. Indeed, when I had pulmonary embolism and required sub-q anti-coagulant for a year followed by ASA therapy for the rest of my life(however shorten by this procedure.) it was not mentioned. I was told when the less than satisfactory scared, retracted skin , with ripples clearly visible that "there are more important things to be concerned about" Indeed, how dare I want to a semblance of implants resembling breast tissue. No nipples, gaping scars from imaginary rash and blisters ignored by an allergist called into the case due to this problem continuing month after month. A lymph node with tender accessory nodes into the pectoralis surrounding the outer quadrant of the left implant remains painful, itching, continuing rash, other allergies to seafood, fish, eggs, wheat and a number of other sensitivities to meds. I once tolerated but can not at this time continue. At no time was I , nor anyone I know warned about the danger our already threaten and tenuous life now faced not due to the original cancer we fight, but a menace that is and was absolutely unnecessary in lieu of know data. Our breast oriented society drives a very dangerous demon posed money grubbing vehicle to the abuse and endangering the health of women already mutilated and struggling to right their lives. Lives assaulted by inept, research, doctors, surgeons and pharmaceuticals running headlong to lift their golden goblet paid for with the hopes of women trying to make the best of a the worst. That golden goblet lifted in a toast to a augmented half naked ideal of what men want big breasts, no brains, and easy money. Please, help stop this madness. I wanted to get well not hazard my health with yet another cancer threat.

    1. Guest
      on March 8, 2012 at 8:03 pm

      I don't know if the pain in my arms are caused by these bad implants (that have to be done over) or if its my heart. I am beginning to get scared.

  17. Guest
    on February 20, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    I have breast implants that have leaked. Both sides have leaked and I do not have the money to remove it. They are very painful and I have had migraines, plus other aches and pains, for about two years now. My leakage started in 2008. Now I want them out. The doctors tell me it will cost me $3000 to remove.

  18. Guest
    on February 5, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    I received mentor silicone shell & silicone gel implants on 3-27-2006. I had functioning saline implants yet the doctor so charmingly sold me on the idea that I qualified for silicone breast implants for a mere $5,800. He was building his dream home at the time & I suppose every patient like me counted. After two years, I displayed all the classic symptoms of auto immune disease. My health continues to decline with each passing day & fear lymphoma may be next. Upon my recent doctor's office appointment, I was diagnosed with a severe breast infection. I have had infection after infection, illness after illness - Mentor supposedly was mandated by the FDA to track & monitor me & they won't even return my phone calls. When I suspected breast implant leakage, I contacted my surgeon & was scorned for the mere thought! I need a reputable plastic surgeon to remove & document any & all findings regarding these toxic implants. I feel that my nightmare on toxic street is just beginning & would like to thank the brave women & doctors who have shed much needed light on a deep, dark, nasty BIG SECRET that J&J-Mentor hope to keep in the closet.

  19. Guest
    on February 3, 2012 at 7:16 am

    I have had mentor saline implants for nine years and about 3 weeks ago, I went to the E.R. due to a lump on the right side of my abdomen below my ribcage. After an x-ray, the doctor believed it to be a cartilage mass although I never had trauma to that area. Ironically, the following morning, it became evident my right implant was deflating. I inquired with Mentor regarding replacement and they say all they will pay for is new product. I want what is right and do not feel that I need to walk around absorbing this into my body getting sicker! Mentor has the money to pay surgeons fees, etc. They are open handed to take our money but appearing to be tightfisted to help cover costs related to their product when things go wrong! Three percent rupture rate? I will bet my right breast that I was given inaccurate information when I had this done!

  20. Guest
    on December 29, 2011 at 11:11 am

    I had my Saline Mentor implants put in in 1999. Today I woke up and I believe my left implant is leaking. You can push it in and actually hear the sound of plastic popping out. I know that isn't normal. Has anyone dealt with this?

    1. Guest
      on January 19, 2012 at 2:45 pm

      I also have mentor saline implants, the left one deflated. I have insurance on them but I have to pay up front first then wait 8 weeks to get my money back and also I developed a form of skin lupus from them. Not sure if it's because of the silicone sack or the saline filing. But I have been back and forth from specialist, to treatment, doctor, meds...etc

  21. Guest
    on December 15, 2011 at 2:38 am

    I have been sick ever since I had these implants put in. I had a rupture on the right one and decided to remove them for good. I'm still sick and these doctors say they can't find out what's wrong with me. They don't believe me when I say it's caused from these implants. Please help me, I'm very ill. May god bless you. Thanks so much.

    1. Guest
      on March 5, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      Of course they cannot find a thing wrong, but they can sure schedule you for more surgeries. I had a bilateral mastectomy last year and started the reconstructive thing. My left side is completely flat and the right one looks like a boiled egg. Had I known this, I would have gotten the prosthesis and been done with it. Now, I am waiting for the hospital to call with a new surgery date. I have been sick and in pain since I started this thing. The only good thing I can say is the cancer is gone. I am thankful for that. I think a lot of the pain is coming from the pill I have to take for 5 years (estrogen blocker).

  22. Guest
    on November 12, 2011 at 12:33 am

    I am just curious. Can there be a class action suit against Allergan for allowing Plastic Surgeons to reuse the same implant in a revision surgery? When they say it is a single use device.

  23. Guest
    on October 14, 2011 at 1:52 am

    I had my first mentor implants implanted in 2009 and in 2011 they both began leaking. The right one first, I had it replaced right away at my expense. The left, exactly a month later. I was also told it needed to be replaced right away. Again, at my expense! My life has been completely turned upside down because of this experience. I've lost pretty much everything in these last couple of months because of this defective product. Im asking myself, what could I have possibly done to anyone to deserve this?

    1. Guest
      on February 20, 2012 at 2:40 pm

      There has to be some class action lawsuit as I had my first set of implants for 8 years, allergen, one ruptured and my MD replaced both with mentor. Since then I have replaced 4 on my left side for leaking. Talk about disgusted..I have the insurance but all of a sudden Mentor wants me to sign a release form so they can't be sued. This is suspicious and I will be contacting a lawyer as I paid for the insurance policy so why must I sign the release before I get my money...they are clearly defective.

  24. Guest
    on June 22, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    I had mentor implants removed on January 27, 2011. I have the implants in my possession. I did not have them replaced.

    1. Guest
      on March 5, 2012 at 6:22 pm

      I probably should do the same thing with mine. My implants are a mess and the doctor says they have never had this happen before. (yeah right) I am waiting for another surgery date, with the drain tubes and the whole works!

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