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Dow Corning Breast Implant Litigation Resources

Written by lisaspitzer on . Posted in Breast Implant News, Dow Corning Breast Implant Stories and Sharing

The Claimants’ Advisory Committee (CAC) is the official committee appointed by the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Michigian to represent the interests of women in the Dow Corning Bankruptcy Settlement Plan. They have a website with information concerning the Settlement Facility for the Dow Corning Trust (SF-DCT).

CONTACT INFORMATION

Phone Number: 419-394-0717

Fax: 419-394-1748

Email address: info@tortcomm.org,

Mailing address: Claimants’ Advisory Committee, P.O. Box 665, St. Marys, OH 45885.

You can also sign up on the website to receive a free copy of their monthly electronic newsletter by e-mail.

LATEST COURT ORDERS ON THE WEBSITE

July 31, 2014 – 6th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed that tissue expanders are included in the definition of “Breast Implants” June 20, 2014 – Stipulation and Order Recommending the Appointment of the Honorable Pamela R. Harwood as Lien Judge March 31, 2014 – 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Denying Dow Corning’s Motion to Stay Partial Premium Payments February 25, 2014 – Order Denying Motion to Stay Pending Appeal.

LINKS TO RELATED WEBSITES

Settlement Facility website: www.dcsettlement.com
Email address: info@sfdct.com
Mailing address: Settlement Facility – DC Trust P.O. Box 52429 Houston, TX 77052-2429
Phone Number: (713) 874-6099
Toll free Phone Number: (866) 874-6099 (within the U.S.)
International Toll Free Number AT&T Direct Access Number: + 866 + 874 6099 (outside the U.S.)
MDL 926 Claims Office for the Revised Settlement Program:
Website: www.fjc.gov (MDL 926 Court)
Website: www.claimsoffice-926.com (MDL 926 Claims Office) The MDL 926 Claims Office website is still under development, so some “headings” do not have any information listed. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.
Email address: claimsoffice926@aol.com
Mailing address: MDL 926 Claims Office P.O. Box 56666 Houston, TX 77256
Phone Number: 1-800-600-0311
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
Website address: www.mied.uscourts.gov

For a Dow Corning Breast Implant Lawyer contact the Dow Corning Breast Implant Helpline

Our lawyers are private practice lawyers. They are not employed by or affiliated with the Dow Corning Claims Settlement Office. If you hire one they are your advocates for you.

Dow Corning Breast Implant Controversy, Dow Corning Breast Implant Lawyer

Written by lisaspitzer on . Posted in Breast Implant Blog

Dow Corning and the Silicone Breast Implant Controversy
posted by Handsome Devil on Wed, 01/04/2012 – 20:32

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
 

1. What are some of the major factors that led to the Breast Implant Controversy?

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, class-action lawsuits claimed that Dow Corning's silicone breast implants caused systemic health problems. The claims first centered around breast cancer, and then migrated to a range of autoimmune diseases including lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and various neurological problems. Ok
Even though Dow Corning has spotted the signs such as stakeholder complaints and various test reports in advance, they have not handled the problems ethically and have tried to manipulate information detrimental to themselves.
Here are a few issues we found in the article:

Ethically the company should have listened to the scores of questions from customers and their doctors about serious medical problems resulting from the use of its product; however, the company has not stopped producing the product or not done anything to improve the current situation for the stakeholder’s benefits – consumer health. Yes
Secondly, the company ignored the internal reports over lack of safety testing, as reported. The mammary task force raised a question that the product could cause “a bleed through” into surrounding tissue and the test result was still “inconclusive”, even in the new product tests the engineers didn’t make sure of the product safety. In spite of these facts, the company kept selling the product to the market.
Thirdly, the company has disregarded its social responsibility to lead its community. It seemed to limit its responsibility only within its legal responsibility in a case that its product breaks the rules. To make business ethics perfect in its community, it should take care about its full responsibility on its legal aspect and its moral ethics. The unbalanced ethics approach finally not only risked the stakeholder’s health but also increased social costs in its communities. Ok
Lastly, the top managers violated its fiduciary duty to its stakeholder even in facing the allegations that the company had hidden negative test results and lied to the public about the safety of its products. The board of the directors continued to manufacture and sell the product as well as to proceeded to fight customers who brought suit alleging injury. Ok
There are other key factors such as the competition etc that need to be discussed
 

2. What are the ethical issues and principals involved in this case? Who has acted the most and the least responsibility? Explain.

The main ethical issue of the article was whether or not breast implants, although potentially harmful to the body, should be on the market.
Since the 1960’s when Dow Corning used silicone to develop the first prototype of a breast implant, there have been ethical concerns that have not been resolved.
In the early 90’s, breast augmentation was the second most common cosmetic procedure performed by plastic surgeons, and the top money maker. Not only were breast implants important for reconstructive surgery, such as after an accident or cancer treatment, but the demand for the implants was growing more rapidly as an elective procedure. There is even a growing medical opinion that micromastia, known as flat-chestedness, is a disease which can result in a patient having a total lack of body image and low self esteem. Thus, the enlargement is necessary to insure an improved quality of life for the patient. Ok
However, as the number of breast implant patients increased, so did the number of complaints. There were allegations of the implants causing pain, scarring, and even debilitating autoimmune diseases in the patients. But how was a product that was clearing injuring patients allowed to be on the market? How ethical was it to allow these products to be so available, and yet, so potentially dangerous? Yes
First of all, breast implants were not governmentally regulated when first developed in the 1960’s. FDA could not require approval for safety and effectiveness before products were on the market.
Second, in accordance with “good manufacturing” practices, Dow Corning did attempt to determine safety of medical products before releasing them to the public. However, the determination of “safety” was vague and based on the company’s opinion. When tested on animals, silicone was injected into the body. There was clear evidence of chronic inflammation; however, because the silicone would not be injected into humans, the finding was ignored.
Third, the new and improved implants were brought into the market quickly without extensive medical testing. The reasoning for this was because similar substances had already been tested in other facilities. It was; however, brought to the attention of Dow Corning that “bleed throughs” were occurring. The company assigned a few employees to investigate (meanwhile still providing breast implant procedures). They found that the bleeding was “no greater than what we measure from old control gels”. However, it was stated that these tests were “inconclusive”, and were never researched again. Ok
Finally, in 1975, it was found that the reject rate at inspection was as high as 50% on some production lots. And yet, the implants were still available on the market.
Need to also integrate some theoretical perspective to assess Dow’s egoism + utilitarian principles
The responsibility for these ethical issues is a combination of both the Dow Corning company and the government. The Dow Corning company, although not held to any level of standards, was providing a potentially harmful product to the public. Yes Testing was done, but was not conclusive. The government (FDA) allowed companies, like Dow, to supply harmful products because they did not require extensive testing. It was not until 1989 when the FDA finally identified silicone implants as Class III devices, meaning riskiest. But still, after many hearings, breast implants were cited as a “public health need” and were left on the market.
Plastic surgeons and the public also hold some responsibility. Surgeons, although knowledgeable about the possible effects, still recommended and used the products on their patients. Many breast cancer advocacy organizations and satisfied recipients also supported Dow Corning and the use of breast implants. Ok
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3. What was the role of the US Food and Drug Administration? Should they take some blame for the scandal? Should they have taken a more active role early in the controversy? Is the role government agencies can play in this respect limited?

In the early years of the product, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had very little oversight of silicone breast implants. The FDA did regulate products meant for ingestion (pharmaceutical drugs) since 1906 (Pure Food and Drug Act) but implants were considered medical devices and outside the FDA’s regulatory scope. The products could be removed from the market only if the manufacturer was proven to break the law. Despite the Medical Amendments Act to the Food and Drug Act (1976) the FDA didn’t label breast implants as dangerous until 1989 (after numerous lawsuits). Ok
The FDA should have taken an active role to regulate these products and can be considered somewhat responsible. Dow Corning was able to put a new product designed for internal human use into the market with little testing and no oversight. Their testing revealed health dangers that they ignored and kept from the public. If the product was regulated, the FDA would have seen the effects on laboratory animals – the Silicon causing inflammation as it sticks to various organs and lymph nodes. Despite intent to keep the silicon out of the body, ruptures or leaks would cause damage and users at least need to be aware of the risk before putting the product inside their bodies. Regulation would have revealed the numerous red flags (animal testing, plastic surgeons’ trade show) associated with Dow Corning’s implants and their FDA approval would have been delayed until the problems were solved. Yes
Dow Corning and other corporations have the goal of making profits and increasing their shareholders’ wealth. The FDA and other government agencies should realize this and put checks in place to ensure these companies offer safe products and services. Breast implants may not be a food or a drug but they are meant for internal use in the human body and they should have been added to the regulatory scope of the agency much earlier than they were. One of the roles of government is to protect its citizens (national defense, criminal justice, health care) and while it is often hesitant to regulate business (especially when that business makes significant contributions to political campaigns) when blatantly dangerous products are made available to consumers, the government does have and should use its authority to regulate and prohibit sales of these devices.
 

4. Why did Dow’s exemplary formal code of conduct fail in preventing the controversy? What can be done to make a Code of Ethics more effective?

Dow’s exemplary formal code of conduct failed because its implementation was flawed and didn’t address all ethical issues, most important being safety. With great diligence they fought to make all business transactions legit, thus denouncing scandals which was admirable, but to avoid addressing safety as an ethical issue is not above reproach. The first ethical question raised should be “is the product we are manufacturing safe to the parties we are soliciting?” If studies are performed findings should be disclosed on the label and not hidden. Safety not being on the ethics score card made the formal code of conduct vulnerable to controversy. Ok To make a product that may have safety issues without proper notification to the parties involved is highly unethical. The employee’s at Dow involved in the safety studies as well as the top level managers that made the decision to push the product were quite aware of the situation. The urge to generate profit and regain market share took precedent over any safety concerns.
In an effort to make the Code of Ethics more effective, a company such as Dow’s must address all ethical issue’s leaving nothing to chance. To the fullest extent any possible ethical dilemma the company could face should be analyzed and given a proper course of action. Yes Granted no society lives in utopia, thus no Code will be perfect, but at no point should major issues such as safety be brushed under the rug to obtain a profit. Companies must also be willing to be honest with themselves in addition to the parties that they serve. Doing so not only makes it easier to create an effective Code of Ethics but also implementing it will come with ease. In the Dow’s case they were not being honest about the product they were promoting and selling. Stemming from the early stages they knew the product had potential to be a safety hazard but elected to forgo the proper testing to ensure the product wasn’t detrimental to an individual’s health.

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Silicone Breast Implant Lawyers, Silicone Breast Implant Class Action

Written by lisaspitzer on . Posted in Breast Implant Blog

Nationwide Breast implant helpline and Breast implant lawyers are helping women get compensation from the silicone Breast implant claims class action Recovery and compensation settlements.
Currently there are several class action lawsuits being filed by victims of defective breast implants.for Dow Corning, Mentor, Squibb, and others resulted in Lawsuits alleging such harm as cancer and autoimmune disease raked in millions of dollars throughout the 1990s, putting silicone breast implant manufacturers out of business or in danger of bankruptcy. With the assistance of “silicone doctors” who used minimal scientific evidence to support their claims, plaintiffs had stunning success. The wave of silicone breast implant lawsuits was largely a result of public opinion and aggressive pursuit of lawsuits by plaintiffs’ attorney, not medical evidence.

Dow Corning Brand Breast Implants Handled by Dow Corning Trust Facility (SF-DCT)

Settlements are currently handled for Dow Corning brand breast implants for Class 5 claimants as well as cases involving implants that contained silicone gel for Class 7 claimants. A product liability attorney will be able to explain the requirements for each of these defective breast implant lawsuits.

Funds are available for various foreign claimants and for those that received other Dow Corning manufactured products
The program offers settlement payments ranging from $2,000-$300,000 to eligible defective breast implant claimants until June 3, 2019.

The rules set up for breast implant litigation are very complex for the MDL-926, Revised Settlement Program and the Settlement Facility Trust of Dow Corning (SF-DCT). get help from a breast Implant helpline lawyer.

Speak to an experienced breast implant settlement attorney regarding defective breast implant claims or any other product liability cases for specific rules setup for product claims.

If you or a loved one are seriously injured or a death has occurred as the result of a defective breast implant or product, contact breast implant helpline and our breast implant lawyers to learn if you are entitled to legal compensation or have any questions regarding a breast implant registered claim.

Do You need a Dow Silicone breast Implant Claim Lawyer, Silicone Breast Implant Lawyer

Written by lisaspitzer on . Posted in Breast Implant News

Call the Dow Corning  breast Implant Helpline and we will locate a  nationwide breast implant lawyer for you. Dow Corning breast Implant Claim Helpline is sponsoring a Nationwide Program to help women currently registered with Dow corning trust to get what they  deserve for the damage and injury of their Dow corning silicone Breast Implants. You must be registered with the Dow corning trust settlement office to participate in this free Breast Implant lawyer assistance program. This Free breast implant claims helpline program is for woman who:

 

  • are currently listed with the Dow settlement Trust
  • Silicone Breast Implant Dow Corning Claim current registrant
  • Are currently under the MDL-926 program
  • Have received a rejection notice from their current Dow Breast implant Claim Lawyer
  • Are seeking a new Dow corning Breast Implant attorney

Silicone Gel Breast Implants Class Action

April 2012 Updates – Dow Settlement

The SF-DCT has moved, and their new address effective April 3, 2012 is:

SF-DCT
3200 SW Freeway, Ste. 1500
Houston, TX  77027

Their telephone number remains the same: 1-866-874-6099.
Their P.O. Box also remains the same: P.O. Box 52429, Houston, TX  77052

Regarding Premium Payments: the matter of if and when the SF-DCT issues premium payments is now under consideration by the Court. We do not know when the Court will issue a ruling. As soon as an order is entered, we will post it on our website and contact any potentially eligible LCHB clients.

Regarding Class 7 Payments: Because some unreviewed Class 7 claims were found during an audit at the SF-DCT, the SF-DCT cannot issue any Class 7 payments until those unreviewed claims are processed and given the one year time period within which to cure deficiencies. As of this date, the SF-DCT cannot predict the exact date when Class 7 payments are going to be made, but it will probably be at least another year before they can issue payments.

REMINDER ABOUT THE EXPLANT DEADLINE: The final deadline to submit an Explant Claim to the SF-DCT is June 2, 2014. Please remember that you must have acceptable Proof of Manufacturer before you can be considered for the Explant benefit. The Explant benefit is $5,000.00 (five thousand dollars), and in order to qualify for this benefit, you must have your Dow Corning implants removed and not replaced with silicone.

Please keep in mind that it can sometimes take six months or longer to schedule an explant surgery and to obtain the necessary medical records from your surgeon or hospital. Therefore, if you want to apply for this benefit, you should keep this deadline date in mind, and not wait too long to discuss your potential explant surgery with your doctor.

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Dow Corning Claimants Advisory Update, Dow Corning Breast Implant Helpline

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Dow Corning Breast Implant Helpline and Our Dow Corning Breast Implant Lawyers are helping Dow Corning Claimants.

Below you will Find the most recent updates from the Claimants advisory official committee

 official committee appointed by the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Michigian to represent the interests of claimants in the Dow Corning Bankruptcy Settlement Plan. This website has information concerning the Settlement Facility for the Dow Corning Trust (SF-DCT). We welcome all comments and questions so that we can make this website informative and useful. Contact us by phone at 419-394-0717, by fax at 419-394-1748, by email at or by U.S. mail at: Claimants' Advisory Committee, P.O. Box 665, St. Marys, OH 45885.
 

MARCH 30, 2012

The Settlement Facility offices are moving to a new location in Houston, Texas on March 30th, 2012. During the move, the phones, emails and access to the "My Claim" feature on the SF-DCT website will be shut down from March 27th to April 2nd, 2012. This means representatives will not be able to answer any calls or emails during this time. Please be patient during this transition.

The mailing address for claims forms will remain the same:
P.O. Box 52429, Houston, Texas 77052-2429

To send documents to the Settlement Facility by overnight mail (Federal Express or a similar service), the new address effective April 3, 2012 is:

      SF-DCT
      3200 SW Freeway, Suite 1500
      Houston, TX 77027

The phone number for the Settlement Facility will remain the same: 866-874-6099.

JANUARY 14, 2012

UPDATE ON PREMIUM PAYMENT MOTION

The court heard oral argument from the parties on the Finance Committee's motion requesting authority to make Premium Payments. As we anticipated in previous newsletters, the court did not rule on the motion at the hearing. The matter is now under consideration by the court. We do not know when the court will issue a ruling. As soon as an order is entered, we will send out a newsletter and update our website with the information.

The briefs are on the CAC website (www.tortcomm.org) under the heading "Pending Motions." If you are not receiving the Enewsletters via Email and you have registered your email address, please check your spam filters to make sure the emails are not being filtered out.

JANUARY 5, 2012

The briefing on the Finance Committee's motion requesting approval of Premium Payments to approved Rupture and Disease claimants is now complete. Copies of the briefs are available on the CAC's website. The hearing on this matter will be on January 31st. For more information, please read the January 5, 2012 e-newsletter available on this site.

Dow Corning Settlement Update, Dow Corning Breast Implant Lawyers

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Breast implant Helpline and Dow Corning Breast Implant Lawyers update on Your Dow Corning Settlement. Dow Corning Silicone Breast Implant News for Claimants

April 2012 Updates – Dow Settlement lawyers Announce

The SF-DCT has moved, and their new address effective April 3, 2012 is:

SF-DCT
3200 SW Freeway, Ste. 1500
Houston, TX  77027

Their telephone number remains the same: 1-866-874-6099.
Their P.O. Box also remains the same: P.O. Box 52429, Houston, TX  77052

Premium Payments

Regarding Premium Payments: the matter of if and when the SF-DCT issues premium payments is now under consideration by the Court. We do not know when the Court will issue a ruling. As soon as an order is entered, we will post it on our website and contact any potentially eligible LCHB clients.

Regarding Class 7 Payments: Because some unreviewed Class 7 claims were found during an audit at the SF-DCT, the SF-DCT cannot issue any Class 7 payments until those unreviewed claims are processed and given the one year time period within which to cure deficiencies. As of this date, the SF-DCT cannot predict the exact date when Class 7 payments are going to be made, but it will probably be at least another year before they can issue payments.

Regarding lawyer case Rejection Letters

If you have received a notice of rejection from your Dow Corning Breast Implant lawyer regarding your Dow Corning settlement call the Breast Implant Helpline Immediately. The Dow Corning  Breast Implant Helpline has a list of Lawyers accepting cases,

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Dow Corning Silicone Breast Implant Claim Updates April 2012

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Dow Corning Breast Implant lawyers are helpling with Dow Corning Breast Implant Claims. If you have been denied a claim or have a rejection letter from a lawyer contact the breast Implant Helpline Immediately

Silicone Gel Breast Implants

    Issue: Personal Injury
    Result: Over 100,000 women have received settlement awards
    1995

Silicone Gel Breast Implants Class Action

April 2012 Updates – Dow Settlement

The SF-DCT has moved, and their new address effective April 3, 2012 is:

SF-DCT
3200 SW Freeway, Ste. 1500
Houston, TX  77027

Their telephone number remains the same: 1-866-874-6099.
Their P.O. Box also remains the same: P.O. Box 52429, Houston, TX  77052

Regarding Premium Payments: the matter of if and when the SF-DCT issues premium payments is now under consideration by the Court. We do not know when the Court will issue a ruling. As soon as an order is entered, we will post it on our website and contact any potentially eligible LCHB clients.

Regarding Class 7 Payments: Because some unreviewed Class 7 claims were found during an audit at the SF-DCT, the SF-DCT cannot issue any Class 7 payments until those unreviewed claims are processed and given the one year time period within which to cure deficiencies. As of this date, the SF-DCT cannot predict the exact date when Class 7 payments are going to be made, but it will probably be at least another year before they can issue payments.

REMINDER ABOUT THE EXPLANT DEADLINE: The final deadline to submit an Explant Claim to the SF-DCT is June 2, 2014. Please remember that you must have acceptable Proof of Manufacturer before you can be considered for the Explant benefit. The Explant benefit is $5,000.00 (five thousand dollars), and in order to qualify for this benefit, you must have your Dow Corning implants removed and not replaced with silicone.

Please keep in mind that it can sometimes take six months or longer to schedule an explant surgery and to obtain the necessary medical records from your surgeon or hospital. Therefore, if you want to apply for this benefit, you should keep this deadline date in mind, and not wait too long to discuss your potential explant surgery with your doctor.

A Dow Corning Breast Implant lawyer Can Help You

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                            Dow Corning Breast Implant Claims Public Notice

If you have registered for the Dow Corning Class Action, The Breast implant Helpline can help you. If the Claims Board has rejected your claim because you have not provided proper proof of your implant manufacturer, the breast Implant helpline  can help you. If you cannot locate the doctor who performed your surgery or the medical records of your surgery is not available, the Breast Implant Helpline can help you. If the Claims Board has rejected your claim because you have deficiencies in your medical records,  The Breast Implant helpline can help you. The Breast Implant Helpline Dow Corning Breast Implant lawyers can help you right now.

we have Dow Corning Breast Implant Lawyer, attorneys for: Auburn AL; Birmingham AL; Dothan AL; Gadsden AL; Huntsville AL; Mobile AL; Montgomery AL; Muscle Shoals AL; Tuscaloosa AL; Anchorage AK; Fairbanks AK; Juneau AK; Flagstaff AZ; Sedona AZ; Mohave County AZ; Phoenix AZ; Prescott AZ; Show Low AZ; Sierra Vista AZ; Tucson AZ; Yuma AZ; Fayetteville AR; Fort Smith AR; Jonesboro AR; Little Rock AR; Bakersfield CA; Chico CA;Dow Corning Breast implant lawyer for Fresno CA; Humboldt County CA; Inland Empire CA; Long Beach CA; Los Angeles CA; Mendocino (new) CA; Merced CA; Modesto CA; Monterey CA; O.C. 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Breast Implant Helpline Launches Special Division for Dow Corning Implant Claims

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Dow corning settlement help is here. if you have filed a Dow Corning Breast Implant Claim and need help with your settlement, a deficiency notice or proof of disease or manufacturer claim contact our Dow Settlement Help Department today at 1 877 522-2123 The complete Dow settlement maize is just too difficult to figure out on your own. let Us help

Settlement Facility – Dow Corning Trust (SF-DCT)

Recent Dow Settlement News:
The Claimants Advisory Committee (CAC) is pleased to announce that after many months of working with the Finance Committee, they have indicated that they will recommend to the District Court that 50 – 100% of Premium Payments be paid to eligible claimants in 2012 or 2014. The Finance Committee will file a motion by the end of June 2011, as required by the Plan, with more details about the recommendation. We do not know anything more about the specifics at this time.
Premium Payments in the Dow Settlement include a possible additional payment on approved Disease claims, possible increased severity payments (for those with approved Disease claims whose symptoms or disease have worsened), and a possible additional payment on approved Rupture claims.
We believe it is likely that Dow Corning will object to making Premium Payments now. We do not have a schedule for a hearing at this time, but the Plan does require that Dow Corning cooperate in an expedited process for review of this issue and to an expedited hearing. We hope to have this issue fully briefed and argued to the District Court by the fall of 2011.
It is important to note that this is the first step to determine whether and when Premium Payments will be paid. The earliest that they could be paid would be in 2012. Please keep your address and other contact information up-to-date with the Settlement Facility so that payments will not be delayed. If you have not completed the Address Verification Form that was mailed to you, please do so immediately. You can obtain a copy from the Settlement Facility by contacting them toll-free at 1-866-874-6099

Relevant deadlines from the June 1, 2004 “Effective Date”

June 2, 1014Explant Claims submission deadline for timely filed claimants in Classes 5, 6.1 and 6.2 (NOTE:  this deadline does NOT apply to NOI claimants or Late Claimants)
June 30, 2019 Disease or Expedited Release Claim submission deadline for all claims in Classes 5, 6.1 and 6.2 (this deadline does NOT apply to Late Claimants)
How long you will have from "NOS"Deadlines from your receipt of "Notification of Status"
NONE SET
Time to provide Acceptable Proof of Manufacturer (POM) for a Dow Corning implant (Class 5).
6 MONTHS
Deadline to cure "Deficiencies" in an Explant Claim (Class 5).
12 MONTHS
Deadline to cure "Deficiencies" in a Disease Claim (Class 5).

Important

You must be a registered claimant in the MDL 926 Revised Settlement Program, and

Already filed a Disease Claim prior to the 12/15/2010 deadline and received a deficiency notice

Submitted additional supporting medical records prior to 12/15/2010 and received a denial in 2011

If you have filed a claim with one of the manufacturer settlement facilities like Dow Trust and need help with proof of manufacturer or a Disease claim call the Breast implant helpline for a breast implant lawyer

Breast Implant, Lawyers Accepting Cases for Dow Corning Breast Implants

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Breast Implant Helpline and Breast Implant Lawyers are accepting cases for the Dow Corning Trust Breast Implant Claims. We are helping 1000's of women with unsettled claims or who have rejection letters from other law firms. In light of this this article on new approved silicone breast implants has captured our attention. It reads as follows:

The recent FDA approval of a new breast implant is a reason for all women to rejoice. After years of stagnancy at the FDA in which the newest implants enjoyed by women outside from the U.S. were kept from American women, those needing reconstruction after mastectomy or wanting an augmentation will have more choices. Acting on data rather than pandering to uninformed activists represents an important step towards making the safest and most effective medical devices more widely available to those who need them.

Since the beneficiaries of this approval are the patients, it is perplexing as to why this advance was predominantly covered as a business story. Articles focused on industry economics and stock prices, but absent were stories about women whose lives were improved by these new devices during the rigorous clinical trials that justified their approval, and the many thousands of women who have been awaiting a better implant.

I was interviewed by the Los Angeles Times in 2006 when the FDA approved silicone implants. I explained why they were better for many patients, and I arranged for the reporter to interview several patients. Yet the editors placed this story in the business section, devoid of any content relevant to patients. With destined to develop breast cancer and many women choosing to have a breast augmentation, this is a story of enormous interest that should have been presented in a health or lifestyle section.

The explanation of this enigma goes back to the widespread frivolous breast implant litigation of the early 1990s. Plaintiff attorneys sought to replace the largess of asbestos litigation, and the deep pockets of device manufacturers filled their ravenous appetites and the headlines of newspapers. The FDA's authority to regulate industry but not the practice of medicine further created focus on industry.

This has made the needs of patients secondary. Even a women's rights organization which has opposed all breast implant approval — regardless of specific data — begins its discussion of breast implants on its website by describing the breast implant industry as is providing an implant to reconstruct an amputated breast cultivating insecurity? Is it consistent for a women's rights group to obstruct a woman's right to reconstruct or even augment her own breasts?

Suggesting that surgeons and patients are manipulated by industry is insulting and false. As a surgeon, these manufacturers are my suppliers. Together with my patients, we decide whether they will have a breast implant. Manufacturers spend little on marketing because they acknowledge they cannot affect demand.

The Sientra breast implant approval is a vindication of the scientific method. After two decades of acting in fear of a political backlash, the FDA has fulfilled its mandate to approve a device that has objectively demonstrated its safety and efficacy.

But it is too soon to celebrate. Similar implants made by Allergan and Mentor are yet to be approved, despite data that exceeds that of other available implants. How can that be rationalized by the agency?

Let us hope that reason will triumph

If you are a victim of silicone breast implants or have filed a clim and have a notice of deficiency or a rejection letter fro a law firm we want to hear from you