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Allergan Breast Implant Lawsuits and Settlements

You may qualify to file an Allergan Breast Implant lawsuit and settlement opportunity if you meet these criteria:

(1) You had Allergan Textured Implants (vs smooth); and

(2) You were diagnosed with Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL)


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Why Are Allergan Breast Implant Lawsuits Filed?

Allergan breast implant lawsuits are being filed due to findings that link Allergan’s textured implants to Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL). ALCL is a rare type of cancer that develops in the tissue surrounding the implant. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has received hundreds of reports linking Allergan implants to ALCL.

Moreover, the plaintiffs in these cases claim that they were not warned of the potential risks associated with the textured implants. Further, they asserted that Allergan failed to properly test their product before marketing it. Also, they alleged that there were other safer implant options available but that Allergan chose to market their device anyway. 

In sum, the suits seek damages for medical expenses, pain, and suffering, lost wages, and emotional distress. 

Generally, BIA-ALCL is a type of lymphoma that scientific findings linked to breast implants. Basically, it causes swelling and fluid buildup (seroma) around the implant.

Further, this may result in discomfort and pain, as well as an increased risk of infection or implant rupture. Hence, if left untreated, it can spread throughout the body.

Other side effects: 

Moreover, other potential side effects of BIA-ALCL include the following:

breast pain, swollen lymph nodes in the area, redness and warmth around the implant, fatigue, nausea and vomiting, chills, fever, night sweats, loss of appetite, difficulty breathing, unexplained bruising or bleeding, weight loss, and abnormal heart rate and rhythm (arrhythmia).

Other symptoms resemble those of other types of cancer, such as lymphoma or leukemia, such as enlarged lymph nodes, fatigue, fever, and night sweats.

Yes, as studies showed.

WHO classification

In 2016, the World Health Organization officially classified BIA-ALCL as a type of T-cell lymphoma. In December 2018, the sale of textured Allergan breast implants was halted in 33 European countries.

In May 2019, Health Canada suspended Allergan’s license for BIOCELL breast implants after an internal safety review found that they posed an elevated risk of developing ALCL.

FDA study

In May 2019, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted a two-day Advisory Committee meeting to examine the risks and benefits of breast implants. Also, the FDA aims to offer recommendations on suitable steps to take in response to concerns related to BIA-ALCL.

On July 24, 2019, the FDA took measures to safeguard patients by asking Allergan to initiate a voluntary recall of all its textured breast implants and related tissue expanders from the U.S. market.

2020 update

As of January 5, 2020, the FDA had received 733 cases of anaplastic large cell lymphoma related to breast implants. Among these reports, 85% (620 cases) involved Allergan breast implants, 9% (66 cases) involved implants produced by Mentor, Sientra, and other companies, and 6% (47 cases) did not specify the manufacturer of the implant. Further, these reports of BIA-ALCL included 36 deaths.

In summary, the median duration from implantation to diagnosis of ALCL is eight years.

2021 update

There are currently several class-action lawsuits pending for victims of defective breast implants and as of April 2021, 602 individual cases have been consolidated into multidistrict litigation taking place in United States District Court in New Jersey.

2019 update

In July 2019, Allergan announced a voluntary recall of their textured breast implants, shortly after the FDA requested the recall. Interestingly, this decision came after the FDA reported 573 global cases of BIA-ALCL.

Also, of those cases, 33 resulted in death, with 12 of them involving Allergan’s implants. The remaining cases involved unknown manufacturers.

Further, the FDA also noted that Allergan’s textured implants were six times more likely to cause BIA-ALCL than other textured implants. 

In response to the recall, Allergan offered affected individuals a replacement Biocell implant, $1,000 for diagnostic tests, and $7,500 for cancer surgery. However, many women who were harmed by these implants opted to file a lawsuit and are now part of the MDL class action. 

Currently, there have been no reported settlements between plaintiffs and defendants in these pending lawsuits. The parties are in active discussions toward a settlement.

How to check if I qualify for an Allergan Breast Implant lawsuit?

You may qualify to file an Allergan Breast Implant lawsuit if you meet these criteria:

  • You had Allergan Textured Implants (vs smooth); and
  • You were diagnosed with Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) 
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How much are the legal costs if your lawyers take my Allergan breast implant lawsuit?

It will cost you nothing!

If our leading Allergan breast implant lawsuit lawyers find that you qualify, the legal representation will be an entirely contingent fee.

That means that all legal costs and expenses are borne by the law firm representing you. Instead, the legal costs and expenses will be charged from the settlement or award you receive. 

And, in the unlikely possibility that no settlement is reached, you will owe the lawyers nothing! Basically, that is a risk they take in taking your case.

How much can I recover from my Allergan breast implant lawsuit?

Generally, settlement or trial amounts could vary depending on your injury.

Nonetheless, our leading Allergan breast implant lawsuit lawyers estimate that settlement amounts could range in tens of thousands or even millions of dollars. 

Also, the settlement amount can cover non-financial compensation for moral injury and emotional distress.

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Will I owe Lawsuit Help Desk or your lawyers if I qualify?

No, you have no obligations to us if you’re qualified.

Basically, if we find that you met all the criteria, and you wish to proceed with our Allergan breast implant lawsuit lawyers, they will discuss the retention agreement with you.

So, call us now!

Why Should I not delay the filing of my Allergan Breast Implant lawsuit?

For your own sake, act quickly, even if it’s not with us. Why? Statutes of limitations and repose could prevent your recovery. 

Also, if you file late, you may miss important settlement opportunities. 

That’s why it’s very important to secure legal representation as soon as possible.

Hurry and have our leading Allergan breast implant lawsuit lawyers assess your case!

Because for every injury, each state has its own statutes of limitations (SOL) and statutes of repose (SOR).

Basically, these statutes prevent lawsuits from being filed or enforced after preset time limits

After these periods pass, you will not be able to collect anything. 

Basically, you will miss your settlement opportunity!

Simply because in order to qualify as a recovery victim, your lawyer must have already filed your lawsuit.

But, good news! Our leading Allergan breast implant lawsuit lawyers observe due diligence in assessing cases.

Hence, they make sure that lawsuits are based on existing and reliable medical research.

Generally, there is a wealth of scientific data connecting Allergan textured breast implants to Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL).

However, this is not a usual situation. Commonly, conclusively linking the patient’s symptoms to the alleged cause takes years.

But, as soon as this information is discovered, the aggrieved plaintiff should file the lawsuit. This is because the statute of limitations will then begin to run. 

So, please make sure to get in touch with us so that our Allergan breast implant lawsuit attorneys.

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How do I proceed in filing my Allergan breast implant lawsuit?

For a quick assessment of your case, get in touch with us. Do it right away, today. 

Likewise, starting right away, save any document that our lawyers might need to use as proof. This covers all receipts, bills, and documents that proved you had an Allergan breast implant.

Talk to our Allergan breast implant lawsuit lawyers today.

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Monthly Status Updates: Allergan Breast Implant Lawsuits

Currently, the product-liability MDL, In re Allergan Biocell Textured Breast Implant Product Liability Lawsuit, MDL No. 2921, remains active.

At this time, the MDL is in the midst of discovery as a result of Allergan’s request to dismiss being mostly rejected.

Our Allergan breast implant lawsuit lawyers hope that the MDL judge gives the evidence the same careful consideration as the judge in the securities dispute. Basically, they hope that the court finds the plaintiff’s allegations to be lacking in scientific value. After all, the court’s conclusions in the securities case are not binding on the MDL court.

Currently, all ongoing and potential BIOCELL implant claims against Allergan in the Federal Courts have been consolidated in a new Allergan BIOCELL MDL. It was established in the District of New Jersey in December 2019.

Further, in the BIOCELL MDL, there were 66 plaintiff cases altogether as of April 2020. Over the following few years, a significant number of additional cases are anticipated to be filed as more women with BIOCELL implants receive BIA-ALCL diagnoses.

The FDA ordered Allergan to recall ALL of its BIOCELL textured breast implants and tissue expanders in September 2019.

Recently, the BIOCELL implants were shown to be linked to a rare form of immune system cancer called breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma. Right now, this study leads to the request for the recall (BIA-ALCL).

Hence, several lawsuits have been filed against Allergan as a result of the BIOCELL recall. And many more litigants are anticipated to do so over the coming few years. Currently, our lawyers handle Allergan breast implant lawsuits.

News & Articles

The Hidden Truth Behind Breast Implant Lawsuits: What the Manufacturers Don’t Want You to Know

The Hidden Truth Behind Breast Implant Lawsuits: What the Manufacturers Don't Want You to Know

In the quest for beauty and physical perfection, a dark cloud hovers over the multi-billion dollar breast implant industry. A storm of mass tort litigation threatens to shake its core, spurred by allegations of undisclosed risks and significant emotional and physical injuries suffered by patients. The blog article, 'The Hidden Truth Behind Breast Implant Lawsuits: What the Manufacturers Don't Want You to Know' delves into this murky realm.

• The tale of breast implants starts in the 1960s, a period when beauty was increasingly tied to physical attractiveness. This journey, paved with the allure of physical enhancement through silicone-filled implants, however, soon faced a storm of controversy. Concerns surfaced over discomfort, pain, and numerous health issues among women who opted for the procedure. Are the implants themselves the hidden culprits? Is the shiny promise of physical perfection marred with undisclosed hazards?

• The alleged injuries tied to breast implants paint a disturbing picture. Physical discomfort, the necessity for additional surgeries, and the threat of diseases such as the rare Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) are but a few of the potential risks. Emotional distress, a silent yet haunting specter, looms over patients amidst fears of life-threatening conditions and the stress of repeated surgeries. Were these risks adequately communicated before the procedure?

• A wave of lawsuits has crashed upon the shores of major manufacturers. Accusations range from negligence in design and manufacturing, breach of warranty, to a failure to warn about potential risks. Notably, the landmark case against Dow Corning, settled for a staggering $3.2 billion in 1994, set a precedent, echoing in the recent wave of lawsuits against Allergan. Could these litigations herald a sea change in the implant industry?

• The settlements in these lawsuits are as varied as the cases themselves, from smaller amounts to multi-million dollar payouts. The severity of injuries, impact on life, and strength of evidence against the manufacturer influence these compensations. Yet, is monetary relief the sole purpose of these litigations?

• Beyond financial reparations, breast implant lawsuits have far-reaching implications. They highlight potential risks associated with implants, fostering public awareness and informing decisions on such procedures. Furthermore, they stimulate scientific discourse on implant safety, paving the way for stricter regulations and testing procedures. Manufacturers may be compelled to enhance safety measures, provide clearer warnings, or recall products.

• Ultimately, these lawsuits serve as platforms for affected individuals to hold manufacturers accountable for their alleged failures. They emphasize that consumer safety must never be compromised for profit, underscoring the need for transparency, fairness, and respect for patient autonomy.

The ongoing saga of breast implant lawsuits and settlements is a significant part of the broader narrative on consumer safety and corporate responsibility. As this conversation continues to evolve, it is clear that the pursuit of beauty should not come at the cost of health and wellbeing.

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Is Your Breast Implant Safe?: A Must Read

Is Your Breast Implant Safe?: A Must Read

Breast augmentation is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures worldwide. However, the safety of certain types of breast implants has come under scrutiny in recent years. Allergan, a global pharmaceutical company, has been at the center of this controversy due to its textured breast implants, which have been linked to a rare form of cancer known as Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). This has led to numerous lawsuits and settlements, which we will explore in this article.

BIA-ALCL is not breast cancer. It is a type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system. In most cases, BIA-ALCL is found in the scar tissue and fluid near the implant, but in some cases, it can spread throughout the body. The exact cause of BIA-ALCL is not known, but it has been found more frequently in patients with textured implants than in patients with smooth-surfaced implants.

In 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) identified a possible association between breast implants and the development of BIA-ALCL. By 2019, the FDA requested that Allergan recall specific models of its textured breast implants from the market, citing an increased risk of BIA-ALCL. Allergan complied with the recall, but many women had already received these implants and faced an increased risk of developing BIA-ALCL.

Following the recall, numerous lawsuits were filed against Allergan by women who had been diagnosed with BIA-ALCL. These lawsuits claim that Allergan knew about the potential risks associated with its textured implants but failed to warn the medical community or the public.

One such lawsuit is the case of Jennifer Cook, who was diagnosed with BIA-ALCL in 2017. In her lawsuit, Cook alleges that Allergan failed to disclose the risks associated with its textured implants and continued to market them as safe. She had to undergo surgery to remove the implants and receive treatment for BIA-ALCL, which included chemotherapy and radiation.

In another case, Renee Cashen, who also developed BIA-ALCL after receiving Allergan implants, alleges that Allergan intentionally concealed the risks and misrepresented the safety of its products. Cashen had to undergo multiple surgeries, including a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery.

These are just two of the many women who have filed lawsuits against Allergan. As of now, hundreds of lawsuits have been consolidated in a multi-district litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. The MDL is still in the early stages, and no settlements have been announced yet.

While no settlements have been announced in the Allergan breast implant lawsuits, if the court finds in favor of the plaintiffs, the settlements could be substantial. In previous cases involving faulty medical devices, companies have paid out millions, and sometimes billions, of dollars to resolve lawsuits.

The Allergan breast implant lawsuits are a stark reminder of the potential risks associated with medical devices. While breast implants can boost self-esteem and improve quality of life, they are not without risks. It is crucial for companies to fully disclose these risks so that patients can make informed decisions about their health.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with BIA-ALCL after receiving Allergan breast implants, it may be in your best interest to consult with an attorney. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

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Please note that the information in this article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.

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