FAULTY PIP BREAST IMPLANTS
S J Edney solicitors have been approached by a number of women during recent days who suspect they may have been fitted with faulty implants made by Poly Implant Prosthese.
For the latest news on these implants from the NHS, we would suggest that any women concerned should visit the NHS Choices link - http://www.nhs.uk/news/2012/01January/Pages/government-review-advises-on-french-pip-breast-implants.aspx
According to the media, upto 40,000 women in the UK have been fitted with these breast implants. As it stands, women fitted with implants by the NHS can have them removed and replaced by the NHS, an offer repeated by 8 cosmetic surgery clinics but not including the Harley Medical Group which used more of these cheaper PIP implants than any other British clinic.
Where clinics refuse or have gone out of business, the NHS will remove implants but not replace them unless clinically necessary. In Wales, though, the Government will remove and replace implants even for private patients.
If implants are faulty, then in our view a clinic has a legal duty to that patient to remove and replace the implant. Additional compensation is also payable for:-
- the pain and suffering caused by the removal and replacement; compensation for any additional scarring;
- loss of earnings;
- any psychological damage caused and
- any additional medical expenses incurred.
If you are worried that you may have been fitted with a faulty PIP implant, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 01793 60021.
16 January 2012
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