Silicone Breast Implant Lawsuits
Cunningham Bounds, LLC in Alabama Helps Concerned Claimants
For decades, research has shown that many silicone breast implants may be defective in design and cause subtle yet serious harm to the women who have them. Indeed, back in the late 90s, a class action concluded with major breast implant manufacturers agreeing to pay a $4 billion settlement to nearly half-a-million women who had suffered symptoms of toxicity caused by leaking silicone implants. Despite this legal precedent and the lack of significant changes in breast implant design since then, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves breast implants, possibly putting countless women across the country in danger.
Cunningham Bounds, LLC, and our breast implant lawsuit attorneys are currently hearing from women throughout the state who believe they have suffered health consequences due to defective breast implants. Our firm has a background of impressive verdicts and settlements that amass to billions of dollars secured for clients in need. We are committed to bringing that same caliber of legal service to our breast implant lawsuit clients, demanding justice on their behalf, and pursuing fair and maximized compensation.
We are ready to fight for you! Call (251) 299-0101 to schedule a free consultation.
Why are Silicone Breast Implants Dangerous?
All silicone breast implants — including Allergan Natrelle and Allergan Natrelle Cohesive Silicone Gel Implants, some of the most popular on the market — have a risk of containing harmful chemicals or even metals due to their manufacturing process. If an implant is made defectively or becomes damaged at some point after implantation, then it may leak these chemicals and metals, causing toxicity, cancer, and other health complications.
Symptoms you may experience if your breast implant is leaking include:
- Altered breast shape
- Breast size decrease
- Constant tingling, burning, or numbness
- Growths or lumps
- Pain or tenderness upon touch
Cancer-Causing Breast Implants & Autoimmune Disorders
In 2017, the FDA studied more than 350 medical reports regarding breast implant devices and a connection to breast implant associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). The information concluded that breast implants of all surface- and filling-types are likely to cause BIA-ALCL, but textured surfaces caused the development of this form of cancer “more frequently” than smooth surface counterparts. This information coincides with other information already recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Furthermore, there are fact-based reasons to believe that leaking breast implants can cause a woman’s body to experience an autoimmune disorder. Immunologic Research recently shared the results of a 30-year study that concluded patients could develop autoimmune/inflammatory syndrome induced by adjuvants (ASIA) due to an allergy or physiological incompatibility with silicone. A higher risk of fibromyalgia disorder was also linked to silicone gel implants by the FDA back in 2001.
Symptoms of an autoimmune disorder often include:
- Chronic pain and exhaustion
- Unexplained fevers
- Dry eyes and cottonmouth
- Memory problems
- Bodily numbness
Lack of Manufacturer Accountability
Before the FDA lifted its ban on silicone breast implants in 2006, it tasked the company Mentor Worldwide to complete several long-term studies that must include at least 80,000 women. Unusually, Mentor reported only three years into its study that it could no longer locate nearly four-fifths of its study group. Another breast implant manufacturer, Allergan, also began a safety study but inexplicably failed to follow about half of its participants.
The failed studies did not allow the collection of any data usable to see potential hazards of breast implants shortly after implantation. The unusual behavior of the companies could be indicative of willful negligence to sabotage study results to hide rupture rates. At this time it is believed that about 50% of silicone implants will rupture in the first 10 years after implantation, and that more than 90% will rupture after 20 years.
Cunningham Bounds, LLC Helping Breast Implant Patients Seek Justice
If you have a breast implant device, then it is highly likely you were not warned in any capacity by the manufacturer that the breast implant could rupture and cause severe health problems. Suffering from the defects of a breast implant should, therefore, be met and corrected with legal action. Our Alabama breast implant lawsuit attorneys would like to hear from you about what you have experienced due to a defective breast implant. With our help, you may be able to collect damages associated with medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, lasting trauma, and other forms of compensation.
Discuss your options right away by calling (251) 299-0101. We offer free, no-obligation consultations to inquiring clients.