Legal action following PIP breast implants
British women who have had cosmetic surgery using breast implants by French company Poly Implant Prothese (PIP), still have a chance for redress at the hospital they had them, says Ally Taft, Head of Clinical Negligence at Alsters Kelley LLP.
It has been reported that although no cancer risk has been found, the type of silicone used to make them is questionable and is more likely to rupture, leaking inside the body.
About 2,000 Frenchwomen given pre-filled silicone gel implants made by PIP, have so far complained against the company, but there are around 40,000 women in Britain who have had the implants too. The French authorities have offered to pay for the removal of implants of all affected women who had the procedure in France. British health authorities have said there is no reason to have the implants removed as no link to cancer has been found.
Ms Taft said: "What has happened is shocking. Women all over the world, including Britain have had these implants and must be extremely distressed and concerned to hear of the potential problems. It should be known that they can seek redress not only against PIP as the manufacturer of the implants, but against the hospital or surgeon who inserted the implants, as a supplier of the product. The claim would most likely be made under the Consumer Protection Act 1987 and could include the costs of any further surgery required."
If you are concerned and would like advice from a clinical negligence solicitor, contact Ally Taft or any member of the team:
Telephone number: 0844 561 0100Email: firstname.lastname@example.org