"It's a big deal because it's a man-made cancer,” Ross Feller Casey attorney Dena Young told the station for a story focusing on Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma, or BIA-ALCL. “There's no other cause of breast implant associated ALCL other than breast implants.”
Ross Feller Casey is representing dozens of woman from across the country who have been diagnosed with BIA-ALCL. The firm has filed numerous cases so far. Those cases include one filed in April that is believed to be the first in the nation against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries relating to BIA-ALCL.
Ross Feller Casey is actively investing many other cases and expects to file additional lawsuits.
Numerous national and international studies have indicated that textured styled implants can lead to BIA-ALCL, a rare type of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The makers of the textured breast implants include Mentor/Johnson & Johnson, Sientra and Allergan/Actavis.
Among other things, the suits allege that the makers of the implants knew that their products increased the risks of women developing lymphoma and failed to warn consumers.
"We have reason to believe that the manufacturers knew long before they started warning of ALCL, that there was this problem," Young told KYW News Radio. Many of Ross Feller Casey’s clients are breast cancer survivors who underwent reconstructive surgery. Added Young, "They do not expect to develop lymphoma from their implant, certainly they weren't warned about the development of lymphoma.”
Symptoms of the disease may include breast lumps, pain, swelling, fluid buildup and hardening of the area around the implants.
The disease can take up to 10 years to develop. Those who develop BIA-ALCL typically undergo surgery to remove the implant, while others may be treated with radiation and chemotherapy.
The KYW News Radio report is the latest in a series of press accounts over the past two weeks that have shined a spotlight on BIA-ALCL.
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Major news outlets from across the globe, from the U.S., to Canada and Europe, have run investigating reports critical of breast implant makers.
So far in the U.S., there are about 250 confirmed cases of the disease. Experts believe that number will grow dramatically with the increased public awareness and media attention focused on BIA-ALCL. Even so, none of the implants linked to the disease have to date been recalled, and most are still on the market.
If you or a loved one was diagnosed with Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma, you should contact one of the Ross Feller Casey’s BIA-ALCL lawyers immediately for a free case evaluation. You may be entitled to compensation through a BIA-ALCL lawsuit, but your time to file a case is limited.
Ross Feller Casey handles all its cases on a contingency basis, meaning you will not pay anything until a recovery is made in your case.