As successful litigants in previous breast-implant lawsuits, Atkins and Markoff, knows how to streamline your case to a faster award of damages for past, present, and future pain and suffering. Furthermore, because you are already suffering, we are sympathetic advocates and know how to lessen the burden of complex litigation. Victims of defective products have a resource with our experienced attorneys.
CANCER AND BREAST IMPLANT MEDICAL STUDIES
Recently, the Rand Corporation conducted a research study finding a causal link between 29 cases of lymphoma cancer, a rare-form of immune-system cancer, and breast-implant patients. Lymphoma may affect many areas of the body including the lymph nodes, skin, bones, soft tissue, lungs and liver. The possibility of a causal link between breast-implants and lymphoma has been known for over 10 years, but evidence linking the two has not been sufficient for a recall or even a warning to the public.
SALINE AND SILICONE IMPLANTS POSSIBLY LINKED TO ANAPLASTIC LARGE-CELL LYMPHOMA
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a notice in January 2010 stating that saline and silicone breast implants might be the cause of anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (ALCL) in these patients. However, the FDA did not recommend removal of the implants only because the disease is rare. Furthermore, the recommendation was withheld because the disease is mostly found in patients, who have experienced painful lumps, swelling or asymmetric breast development after breast implants. The absence of the recommendation, to remove the cancerous causing breast-implants from the market, presents to the public a lack of concern on the part of the FDA.
Nationwide, 5 to 10 million women, currently, have breast implants. On the other hand, from 1997 to 2010, only 60 cases of lymphoma were reported to the FDA; and, only 34 women actually had their cases published. The FDA finds that lymphoma is diagnosed in women with breast implants 1 in 500,000 cases a year. However, the diagnosis of lymphoma, in patients without breast-implants, is 3 out of every 100 million a year. Here, the statistics show that a significant causal link exists between ALCL and patients with breast implants.
FREE CONSULTATION AND CLAIM REVIEW
Atkins and Markoff Law Firm is investigating the causation of these allegations and wants to hear from any women with breast-implant related side effects or with a current diagnosis of ALCL. Our attorneys at Atkins and Markoff, the “Law Firm on the Lake,” provides free consultations to potential clients in order to lessen the impact of pain and suffering already present. Compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering, due to cancer-causing breast implants, may be awarded by the court.
Manufacturers of breast implants, Allergen and Johnson & Johnson, are putting their profits before your health; and at Atkins and Markoff Law Firm, your health is not an interest that should be discarded. Allergen and Johnson & Johnson control ½ of the breast implant market, and Allergen earned $4.5 billion in 2009, which was only 14% of their total earned income. At the very least, both companies should be responsible for conducting studies determining how significant the causal link is between saline and silicone breast implants and the development of ALCL. The FDA has requested such research studies, so future reports may provide more conclusive evidence.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO PREVENT A DIAGNOSIS OF ALCL?
Ask questions when visiting you doctor about breast implants regarding risks versus benefits of having the procedure.
Look for FDA issued warnings regarding safety studies and labeling requirements.
Pick up a copy of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons for information of recent research regarding breast-implants.
Look for minor side effects including pain, lumps, swelling, and the development of asymmetric breasts after your incisions have healed.
Look for major side effects including a collection of fluid around or in the breast tissue and hardening of the breast or the surrounding breast tissue.
Contact your doctor if you already have breast implants and have noticed a change in your breasts or surrounding tissue.