In a lawsuit which is the first of its kind to be filed within the United States, a product liability suit filed on behalf of an Ohio woman states that her breast implants, which were manufactured by a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, contributed to her developing lymphoma. The 45-year-old woman had the breast implants fitted in February 2008 and contracted anaplastic large cell lymphoma, a form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2016. The cancer was found after Renee Cashen noticed a lump in her armpit, and required a grueling course of chemotherapy for a condition which has become known as BIA-ALCL, or Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma.
The FDA has recently announced that over four hundred cases of BIA-ALCL have been reported to them, with textured implants carrying the most risk, based on those cases already identified. Of these 410 cases, 9 women have died as a result of the condition.
The product liability lawsuit relating to Renee Cashen’s illness, also claims that the breast implants’ manufacturer, Mentor Worldwide, failed to adequately warn users of the associated risks, nor did they comply with FDA-mandated product safety studies.
As explained by our Los Angeles product liability attorney, a lawsuit of this kind can be filed when a person is injured, or killed, by a defective product. The defective itself may take many forms but will fit into one of the three categories covered by California product liability law.
When you consult with a product liability attorney about your case, they will use their considerable experience to ascertain which route is most appropriate.
When you buy a power tool, e-cigarette, or any other product, you do so with the expectation that it will be safe to use, providing you use the item as intended. If you have followed all provided instructions and guidance, and used the product in a reasonable manner, only to be injured by it, you may be eligible to file a product liability suit.
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