Defective Medical Device Injuries

Filing a Product Liability Claim in Orlando

Legally Pink Law, PLLC, also known as Legally Pink Law, is committed to protecting your health. Our team of experienced Orlando product liability attorneys and licensed insurance adjusters is experienced in cases of failed and defective medical devices, such as defective transvaginal mesh and breast implants.

Our team has taken on some of the largest names in medical manufacturing and distribution, and we're ready to consult with you for free about the merits of your case.

Defective Breast Implants

If you are a victim of defective silicone or saline breast implants, let our team of attorneys and licensed insurance adjusters at Legally Pink Law can help you. Breast implant surgery is a multi-billion dollar industry that, despite known serious health risks to women, continues to thrive.

Breast implants are considered Class III medical devices of limited product life, which means although they are surgically implanted in a woman's body, they are not intended to last for her entire lifetime. While many defects in breast implants become apparent soon after surgery, others remain hidden for years.

Diseases Linked to Breast Implants

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is tasked with approving and monitoring the safety of breast implants in the United States. Various studies performed by the FDA have linked breast implants to a wide variety of serious health risks, including anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL).

ALCL is generally found in the fibrous scar tissue or a capsule that develops between the implant and the rest of the breast. Symptoms of ALCL can include:

  • Pain
  • Lumps
  • Swelling
  • Collection of fluid
  • Hardening of the breast area
  • Masses surrounding the breast area
  • Asymmetry in and around the implants

Despite the reported number of cases of ALCL related to breast implants, the FDA continues to take the position that the number of women with ALCL from breast implants is relatively small compared to the overall population with these implants. As a result, the FDA considers the use of breast implants to be "safe."

There are flaws in the FDA's logic, and despite recent efforts to urge breast implant manufacturers to perform more studies and register their implant products, they are still widely promoted as safe to consumers. If you are a woman who is affected with ALCL, the overall numbers mean nothing.

The only thing that matters is that, through no fault of your own, you have a deadly form of cancer as a result of defective breast implants.

In addition to ALCL, there are also possible links between defective breast implants and the following diseases:

  • Lupus
  • Scleroderma
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Neurological diseases
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Connective tissue diseases
  • Sjögren's syndrome
  • And others

Physical Breakdowns & Ruptures

A contributing factor to diseases and complications related to breast implants are physical breakdowns and changes of the breast implants themselves. For instance, contracture of a breast implant occurs when the scar tissue that the body forms around the implant constricts it to the point that it becomes painful and can distort the implant, the breast itself, or both.

Surgical release is usually required to correct this issue. Additionally, rupture of a breast implant can occur. With saline implants, a rupture is quickly identified, as the saline solution will quickly exit the implant, causing it to deflate.

In contrast, a rupture of a silicone breast implant tends to leak slowly over time and often goes undetected. The silicone solution will enter the body and can lead to serious health complications.

Regardless of the type of breast implant defect you are facing, rest assured that we can help you. The impact of defective breast implants on your life and your health can be devastating. Our skilled lawyers can help guide you through all aspects of filing a product liability claim.

Faulty Transvaginal Mesh

If you suffered from pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and had complications following implantation of transvaginal mesh, our all-female legal team at Legally Pink Law is ready to litigate your case. POP and SUI are usually diagnosed following:

  • Hysterectomy procedures
  • Menopause
  • Childbirth

Transvaginal mesh, which is made of plastic and inserted through the vagina, can help reinforce the organs and return normal function.

Unfortunately, the design and manufacturer-recommended implantation techniques of some of these transvaginal mesh products have led to serious complications, including massive infection and organ perforation. The FDA did not require transvaginal mesh manufacturers to conduct tests on these products before they were implanted.

Several complications have been reported following transvaginal mesh implantation, including:

  • Transvaginal mesh erosion: Erosion of the transvaginal mesh occurs when the mesh's edges break down and pass through the vaginal wall, and sometimes even into surrounding organs. This can result in severe pain, bleeding, infection, and nerve damage.
  • Transvaginal mesh organ perforation: This occurs when the transvaginal mesh's sharp edges cut into organs like the bladder. Serious damage caused by organ perforation may require further surgery.
  • Transvaginal mesh failure: Symptoms of mesh failure include pain, nerve damage, infection, bleeding, painful sexual intercourse, recurrence of POP and SUI, vaginal scarring, vaginal shrinkage, and neuromuscular disorders.

Call our Orlando product liability lawyers today!

If you have suffered as a result of a defective transvaginal mesh implant of defective breast implants, do not hesitate to discuss your case with one of our Orlando personal injury attorneys.

Call us today at (407) 792-2478 and ask for a free case evaluation.

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