In 2015, an estimated 15.9 million surgical and minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures were performed in the United States. Plastic surgery such as liposuction, rhinoplasties, and breast augmentations have given people around the world the opportunity to change things they dislike about their bodies and has become increasingly popular. In fact, approximately 280,000 breast implant procedures were performed in 2015. Many women who decide to get breast implants experience few or no complications, however, that is not the case for everyone. In fact, it appears some women report their silicone breast implants have caused serious adverse side effects. While breast augmentations are generally successful, complications and illness have been reported with one type of implant in particular: MemoryGel Silicone Breast Implants.

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Frequently Asked Questions About MemoryGel Silicone Breast Implants

How Can You Tell If Your Breast Implants Are Leaking?

Plastic surgeons familiar with breast implants may only detect about 30% of ruptures occurring in breast implants, while an MRI can detect around 80% or more of ruptures or leaks in implants. Symptoms of a leaking implant may include:

  • Hard knots or lumps around the implant, surgical site, or armpit
  • Deformity of the breast
  • Change in shape or loss of size
  • Pain or burning
  • Tenderness
  • Tingling or swelling
  • Numbness
  • Hardening of the breast

What Is The Problem With MemoryGel Silicone Breast Implants?

On February 2, 2017, Rexina Mize and her husband Minh Nguyen filed a lawsuit against Mentor Worldwide LLC; Johnson & Johnson; Ethicon, Inc. in the Superior Court of California County of Los Angeles for the following:

  1. Negligence
  2. Failure to warn consumers about the dangers of the product
  3. Manufacturing defect
  4. Breach of implied warranty, and
  5. Loss of consortium, or damages suffered

The plaintiffs in the case allege that Mentor failed to warn consumers of known risks associated with the devices. Additionally, the plaintiffs allege the manufacturer failed to both follow an important six-part post-approval process required by the FDA. At least one other similar lawsuit has been filed against Mentor.

How Can You Tell If Your Breast Implants Have Failed?

Patients with defective MemoryGel Silicone breast implants may experience chronic fatigue, muscle pain or weakness, memory loss or confusion, show symptoms of silicone toxicity and/or other implant-related illness. Your plastic surgeon may want to remove or replace the implants if this occurs. If you’ve experienced health complications or needed to have your breast implants changed or removed, call the product liability attorneys at The Ruth Law Team at (888) 783-8378, or fill out our free case evaluation form to the right of the page. As always, we offer 100% free case evaluations, and there are no costs or fees to you unless you win.

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$275,000

Vehicle Struck by Commercial Truck

Amount recovered for car accident victim who was severely injured when her vehicle was hit by a commercial truck that crossed over into her lane. She experienced permanent neck, jaw and shoulder injuries and had to undergo surgery on her neck.

$250,000

Nursing Home Resident Abused & Neglected

Recovered for victim of sustained multiple falls, fractured arm, infections, bedsores on back and heels, and became malnourished and dehydrated.

$1,000,000

Verdict in Nursing Home Resident Death

$1,000,000 recovered for a quadriplegic in nursing home who developed enormous pressure sores on her hips which became severely infected and led to her death.

$688,000

Car Accident Trial Verdict

When our client was hit by a distracted driver on I-4, the insurance company did not want to pay him a fair settlement for his injuries. We went to trial in May 2019 and obtained a $688,000 verdict from a Hillsborough county jury, which is significantly more than the insurance company offered.

$89,999

Drunk Driver Swerves and Hits Car Head On

The at-fault driver in this crash was driving under the influence when he swerved into our client’s lane and hit him head on, causing a significant impact on Gunn Highway. Our client suffered injuries to his shoulder, neck and back. We were able to obtain a settlement with the DUI driver’s insurance company and the client’s own UM policy.

$150,000

Client Injured at Car Wash

Our client was at a car wash drying her vehicle when she stepped into a gaping hole in the pavement, causing her to call. She suffered a broken coccyx and broken ribs, ultimately resulting in a $150,000 settlement.

$257,500

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Robert was involved in a motorcycle accident and initially hired another law firm. When they couldn't help, The Ruth Law Team took on the case and was able to get him financial compensation for his accident. Learn more about Robert's story in the video below.

$250,000

Head-On Collision with Commercial Truck

Settlement for victim injured when hit head on by commercial truck. She experienced significant injuries including compound fracture of tibia and fibula that broke through the skin requiring surgical repair.

$300,000

Victim Suffers Fracture After Slip & Fall

Verdict for slip and fall victim at shopping mall when cleaning crew failed to mark wet areas – fracture and surgery.

$35,000

Settlement For Passenger Injured in Auto Accident

$35,000 settlement to a passenger in a vehicle involved in an accident while driver was under the influence of alcohol.

$1,035,000

Pedestrian Hit by Tractor Trailer

Recovery for our client who was severely injured when hit by a tractor trailer. The victim was drug by the trailer causing fractures, torn muscles, permanent scarring and disfigurement.

NOTE: Client may not obtain the same or similar results.

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At The Ruth Law Team, we understand that this may be your first time seeking legal counsel and how intimidating that decision might be. This is why we have simplified the process to help you make the right decision for your circumstances. This 3-step process includes:

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Symptoms of Failed Implants

The following symptoms or illness may occur in patients with failed implants:

A Brief History of MemoryGel Silicone Breast Implants

Mentor Worldwide LLC has been in the business of manufacturing medical devices since 1969. After more than a decade of selling electronic lab instruments, the company began developing breast implant devices, which have now been used for more than five million surgeries. In December of 2003, Mentor Worldwide LLC submitted a pre-market approval application for a new product, MemoryGel Silicone implants. In November 2006, the FDA granted permission for the implants to be used in breast augmentation and reconstruction surgeries as long as certain requirements were followed. The approval was contingent upon six-part post-approval studies that were required to be conducted once the product was launched. These studies were intended to characterize the safety and effectiveness of MemoryGel devices and to answer scientific questions the pre-market clinical tests did not. The required studies included assessing the long-term performance of the devices, documenting rare adverse events and device failures, and improving patient labeling.

The plaintiffs in the suit argue that in order to fulfill this responsibility, Mentor should have closely monitored the information that became available through the post-market studies and provided updated safety not only to the FDA, but also to the healthcare community and consumers. Failing to do so could have prevented researchers and those in the medical community from quickly identifying any potential health and safety issues associated with using the device. The plaintiffs believe the manufacturer failed to fulfill these responsibilities and warn consumers about the serious health risks with the MemoryGel Silicone implants.

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