Breast augmentation or implants are popular surgeries. However many woman fail to calculate the incredible cost if these implants were to become defective. Defective Implants which rupture, tear or begin to leak can have serious medical consequences. If you have been injured as a result of such injuries, seek the advice of a product liability attorney for more help.

History of Silicone Gel Implants

Defective Breast Implants can lead to serious health issues and injuries

Silicone breast implants were first introduced in the early 1960’s. Soon after it was introduced plastic surgeons became aware of possible issues surrounding the use of these implants. It is common knowledge that a percentage of those who receive implants end up having them removed. Implants are known to leak because of sudden impact or trauma to that area or because of a defect in the outer layer.

While the manufacturer have claimed that there is no risk from a leaking or ruptured silicone implant, they have been unable to prove it using scientific evidence. Rather they refer to plaintiffs injuries as “phantom risks” not supported by any scientific knowledge.

Initially implants were not governed by the FDA, however in the 1980’s they were classified as a Class III medical device. Regulators had initially expressed that certain risks exist, including toxic exposure to silicone substances and other health related issues. While it has been reported that no link exist between Cancer and breast implants, other more serious medical issues do exist. If you have had a silicone gel implant contact our offices for a free consultation.

Who is liable for a Breast Implant Medical Complications

Who is liable for my injuries? Under California defective product laws, any manufacturer is liable for injuries caused by defective products. Additionally, distributors, retailers and others involved in the commercial distribution of the products will be held liable.

Manufacturers have contended that no scientific proof links implants to certain types of injuries. However, juries have still awarded millions of dollars to plaintiffs who have been injured. It has been shown that ruptured implants or defective implants have been responsible for suppressing immune systems and possibly causing cancer.

List of Defective Breast Implant Manufactures

  • 3M Corporation
  • Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) silicone gel implants
  • Allergan Natrelle gel and saline breast implants
  • Mentor MemoryGel breast implant
  • Inamed
  • Cox-Uphoff
  • McGhan, Mentor, CUI or Bioplast
  • Baxter Health Care
  • Bristol-Meyer Squibb

Symptoms and Common Injuries caused by Breast Implants

Injuries from breast implant defects can vary. Plaintiffs have suffered everything from suppressed immune systems to breast cancer. Common defective breast implant complication injuries are as follows:

  • Breast Pain
  • High fever
  • kidney disease syndrome
  • Skin irritations and rashes
  • Hair Loss
  • Breathing issues
  • Muscle pain and discomfort
  • Aches and pains over entire body
  • Lumbar pain
  • Upper back pain
  • Asymmetric Breast Size
  • Lumps in the breast or hardening of the breast tissue
  • Collection of fluids

Breast Implant Rupture: One of the principles causes of ruptured breast implants are defective designs.  Another significant of ruptures breast implants are surgical errors on the part of the plastic surgeon.

To truly understand that cause of your injuries extensive medical treatment is needed. Speak to your primary care physician in order to better understand your injuries.