Atlanta Allergan Breast Implants Lawsuits
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Have you been diagnosed with anaplastic large cell lymphoma after receiving an Allergan breast implant in Atlanta, Georgia? You may have the right to file a lawsuit and recover substantial compensation for your medical bills, loss of income, and suffering.
Breast implants are considered to be medical devices. Unfortunately, medical devices aren’t as highly regulated as other medical products. There are loopholes in the FDA’s clearance and approval processes, and companies like Allergan tend to take advantage. If you’ve been harmed by a textured breast implant, you may have the right to sue.
However, Allergan, negligent plastic surgeons, and other liable parties won’t just admit fault and write you a check.
Focus on moving forward after your cancer diagnosis or other injuries. Let our attorneys handle your personal injury lawsuit from start to finish.
Why Are People Filing Allergan Breast Implant Lawsuits in Atlanta?
Allergan textured breast implants are associated with breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma, or BIA-ALCL. This is a rare type of breast cancer linked exclusively to textured breast implants like Allergan’s. The texture in the implant creates scar tissue as it moves and adjusts in the body. Fluid builds up and can lead to tumor growth.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found that of 573 reported cases of BIA-ALCL, 84 percent were linked to Allergan textured breast implants. A study by the FDA found that Allergan implants were six times more likely to cause the patient to develop cancer than other types of implants.
In July 2019, the FDA issued a recall for the following medical devices:
- Allergan Natrelle Saline-Filled Textured Breast Implants
- Allergan Natrelle Silicone-Filled Textured Breast Implants
- Allergan Natrelle 133 Plus Tissue Expander
- Allergan BIOCELL implants, including Natrelle 133 Tissue Expander with Suture Tabs and Natrelle 410 Highly Cohesive Anatomically Shaped Silicone-Filled Textured Breast Implants
However, by then, considerable damage had been done. Thousands of women had received Allergan textured breast implants and were at risk of developing BIA-ALCL.
Since it can take up to a decade for symptoms of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma to appear, many women are just now learning that they are at risk or have developed cancer.
Many are demanding compensation for their injuries by filing lawsuits against Allergan, alleging that the implants were defective.
Companies like Allergan have a responsibility to put safe medical devices on the market. There’s an obligation to design them safely, manufacture them correctly, and warn about any known risks or dangers. When a company fails to do these things, it can be held strictly liable for resulting injuries and trauma.
How Long Do I Have to File an Allergan Natrelle Textured Breast Implant Lawsuit in Georgia?
In Georgia, the statute of limitations for product liability lawsuits is typically two years. The clock begins to run when an injury is discovered (or should have been discovered).
Georgia also has a statute of repose, which puts a cap on when product liability lawsuits can be filed. You’ll have just ten years from the date the implant was sold to file a claim for damages.
There is one exception: if your case is based on Allergan’s failure to warn you about potential risks, hazards, or dangers associated with the textured implant. In that case, the statute of repose would not apply.
Schedule a Consultation With an Atlanta Product Liability Attorney
Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with cancer after receiving an Allergan Natrelle or BIOCELL breast implant? You may have the right to recover compensation, and an attorney can help you fight to maximize your financial award.