PIP Breast Implant Problems
Many women have been left emotionally distressed after the media's recent investigation and coverage into the PIP Implant scandal.
PIP Implants Estimated 7% Chance of Rupture
Between 2001 and 2010 the PIP breast implants were manufactured and supplied by the French company Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP), and it has been alleged that they have a 7% chance of potential rupture. It has been reported that this compares with only around 1% of other implants chance of rupture.
Industrial Silicone Used In PIP Implants
The disturbing thing is that the problems have happened due to the company PIP trying to cut costs by using an industrial, as opposed to a medical grade, silicone. This industrial silicone is alleged to have been used as a mattress filler, which PIP's legal team refutes.
Naturally many patients are understandably worried about the health implications with 40,000 women potentially affected. Although the NHS are offering to provide scans to try and detect problems and if so remove the PIP Implants free of charge, many private cosmetic clinics are refusing to follow suit. This has left many women not knowing who to turn to. In fact there have been rumours that some cosmetic surgeons are refusing to review a patient's implants until the person signs a contract waiving any current or future claims against the clinic, which is particularly worrying for women if future problems occur.
Surgeons/Clinics Could Be Sued for Breach of Contract
Certainly where the implant is one of the later industrial silicone made implants and where there are signs of it rupturing women could be able to seek legal action because the implant is a 'defective product' and not of satisfactory quality.
If a breach of contract is proven then the remedy is in damages to put the patient in the position that they would have been in had the clinic/surgeon not breached their contract and had they not been sold defective implants. Despite the fact that the goods are now inside your body and surgery is needed to replace them, this does not leave the law ineffective and the same rules apply. Any expenses incurred and damages for the further surgery and effects of the medical issues caused by this scandal may also see compensation for personal injuries being paid to the victims.
Hattons Solicitors clients can be assured of a professional expert team who will sensitively listen to your problems, and clearly tell you what action can be taken.
At present we are awaiting confirmation as to whether or not a group litigation order is going to be made and we shall provide expert legal advice and representation in these uncertain and worrying circumstances.
Hattons Can Advise You On Your Options
We have a highly experienced legal team who are here to help.
Hattons Solicitors can advise you of your best options and answer any concerns or questions that you have before processing any claim.
We work closely with our clients to keep them informed about their claim and our clients can also be reassured by having access to our online file view system to find out where their case is up to at their own convenience.
If you would like legal advice concerning a PIP breast implant please call our legal team on 0800 298 9690 or alternatively fill in the Claim Now form and we will call you back.
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