Dee Hicks, a 45-year-old mother of five, has come forward to tell the story of her battle with crippling health problems, which she later found out, were caused by moldy breast implants. According to a news report in The Daily Mail, the Florida woman suffered a number of adverse effects from unexplained hair loss and chest pains to rashes and depression so bad that she wanted to kill herself. Hicks says she was bedridden for six months as a result of her declining health, but doctors told her she was just going through menopause.
Implants Speckled with Black Mold
Hicks started doing her own research online and believed her symptoms were similar to that of mold poisoning. She ended up spending thousands of dollars to find out what was wrong with her. She lost her job because of her depression. She says it affected her marriage and her children.
She had $6,500 to have the implants, which were spotted with mold, removed. She says when she got them removed in December, she immediately saw a marked improvement in her vision and hearing. Her skin and old scars that wouldn’t heal before, began to heal. Hicks says she is sharing her story with a hope of helping other women who are suffering from similar breast implant issues.
Product Liability Issues
The problem with moldy implants may be rare, but it does occur, and most often with saline breast implants. Doctors say this could happen when the saline implants are not properly filled or when they are poorly designed. When patients face this problem, they may be able to file a product liability lawsuit against the doctor who performed the procedure or the company that manufactured the implant, depending on what caused the mold poisoning.
Victims in such cases may be able to seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost income, loss of employment, hospitalization and pain or suffering. Anyone who has lost a loved one may also be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the doctor or the manufacturer. An experienced product defect lawyer will be able to guide victims and their families through what can be a complex litigation process. The best product defect law firms will offer free and comprehensive consultations to affected victims and their families.