Defective Breast Implant Claims in Missouri
Breast augmentation is meant to increase a patient’s confidence, but sometimes, defective implants can cause permanent scarring and increase the likelihood of cancer or other conditions. If you have had breast augmentation and experienced leakage, severe breast pain, or misshapen breasts post-operation, this could indicate a defective implant. If you are thinking about filing a defective implant claim in Missouri, you need The Dixon Injury Firm to defend your claim. Our St. Louis defective implant lawyers are aggressive when fighting for the rights of victims and won’t back down until you are satisfied with the results of your claim.
About Defective Implants
Every year, more than 300,000 women undergo breast augmentation. Like other medical procedures, there is always the risk of defective equipment or implant defects. If you have even the slightest worry that your implant might be defective, it is vital to seek immediate medical attention.
Defective implants can cause permanent scarring, leakage, painful swelling, and in some cases, cause BIA-ACL or other serious conditions. After getting treatment from a medical professional, you should consult a lawyer about the physical, emotional, and financial harm that was caused by the defective implant. Most of the time, with a medical report, proof of damages, a compelling claim, and an experienced St. Louis defective implant lawyer, victims can recover compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other general and special damages caused by their defective implants.
Symptoms of a Defective Implant
The safety of breast implants has been under debate for years. Some medical professionals believe that the type of implant used (silicone vs. saline) is what causes complications, while others claim that the texture of implants (textured vs. smooth) is responsible.
While there isn’t a definitive answer to what causes BIA-ACL, breast implant sickness, and other conditions linked to defective implants, the most common symptoms of a defective implant include:
- Breast pain or numbness
- Unevenness or a sudden change in the appearance of implants
- Leaking or swollen breasts
- Lumps surrounding the implant or in areas approximate to the implant
- Hardening of implants typically accompanied by severe breast pain or tightness of the chest
While breast implants aren’t meant to last a lifetime, and over time lose shape, soften, and decrease in quality, this shouldn’t happen for at least seven to twelve years after insertion. Similarly, if you experience pain, numbness, or leaking of any sort, this is considered abnormal and should be assessed by a medical professional as soon as possible.
Risks Associated with Breast Implants
Breast implants aren’t designed to last a lifetime, but generally, patients can leave breast implants inserted for 7 to 12 years before requiring removal or replacement. According to the National Center for Health Research, “46 percent of women with silicone gel implants and 21 percent with saline implants underwent at least one re-operation within three years,” which is long before the expiration date for breast implants. The most commonly linked conditions to breast implants include cancer (specifically, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma), Fibromyalgia, and infection.
Other risks associated with breast implants include:
- Ruptures, tears, or leakage
- Capsular contracture, which is scar tissue that squeezes the implant
- Severe breast tenderness and pain
- Permanent scarring or changes in nipple/breast sensitivity
- Fluid buildup and dismorphing of the implant/breasts
If you have noticed any of the above symptoms or have been diagnosed with cancer, and have breast implants, it’s essential to consult an attorney about your situation immediately and have a trusted medical physician monitor your condition.
Lawsuits Linking Breast Implants with Cancer
Breast implants have long been the subject of medical malpractice and personal injury lawsuits. But, while the link to cancer and other conditions has been researched for years, the link between Allergan textured breast implants and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma was confirmed in July. According to the FDA, there was a significant increase in the amount of breast implant cancer claims in February. The FDA has since closely monitored the situation, but in July, the organization issued a recall of the implants after a class-action lawsuit was filed against the global pharmaceutical company, Allergan, that manufactures the devices.
Defective Implant Claims
If a breast implant is defective, you likely have grounds for a lawsuit against the surgeon that performed the surgery, or the manufacturer of the implants. Defective implant claims aren’t uncommon; implants have a significant chance of rupturing during or after insertion. In a 2013 study, it was found that 51 to 64% of implant ruptures were caused by surgical instruments during the initial implant surgery. It has also been identified that textured silicone breast implants are linked to a rare form of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma called BIA-ACL.
While a link between implants and cancer has long been suspected, it wasn’t confirmed until February of 2019, when over 500 women came forward with cancer-related implant claims. The FDA has since closely monitored the situation, requested that global pharmaceutical company Allergan remove their BIOCELL textured breast implants from the market, after 481 of the 573 textured breast implant claims, and 12 out of 33 deaths, were attributed to Allergan textured breast implants.
That same year, a class-action lawsuit was brought against Allergan by investors. Victims of defective Allergan implants are encouraged to join the suit and recoup some of the damages they experienced because of the implants. However, victims of non-Allergan defective implants should also come forward and speak with a St. Louis defective implant lawyer to determine if they can recover compensation.
Talk to Our Defective Implant Lawyers in St. Louis Today
If you or someone you love suspects that their implants are defective or weren’t inserted correctly, The Dixon Injury Firm is ready 24/7 to help victims identify their right to compensation. Our defective implant lawyers in St. Louis can protect your rights, gather evidence of the other party’s malpractice, and bring a compelling suit for your situation.
It can be challenging to file a claim against a large manufacturer or hospital, but you deserve compensation for the harm that was caused by another person’s negligence. Christopher Dixon isn’t afraid to stand up against the other party’s insurance company and demand compensation for damages that someone else is responsible for. Chris Dixon understands the toll that steep medical expenses, scarring, and disfigurement can have on a victim, and is devoted to aggressively fighting for the most compensation for your case.