Corries Solicitors - Personal Injury Specialists - FREEPHONE 0800 655 6550
Please note: At present we are not taking instructions for PIP Cases.
The PIP Litigation team at Corries 4 Women are keeping a close eye on the position in respect of the Group Litigation in the UK and France we will update our clients as soon as new information is available.
Faulty Breast Implants
Corries Solicitors are acting for over 600 clients who have been fitted with faulty implants made by Poly Implant Prosthese. We have a dedicated all female team to deal with these cases. To date we have recovered in excess of £1.7M in compensation for our PIP implant clients.
Poly Implant Prothese (P.I.P) was a French manufacturer that produced silicone gel filled breast implants. More than 30,000 patients in France have been advised that they should have their implants removed. it is believed there is a risk they could rupture and leak into the bloodstream. P.I.P implants were also used in more than 50,000 British patients. This included up to 3,000 NHS patients who had reconstructive surgery following the removal of breast tumours.
On inspection French medical authorities found that implants made by the company since 2001 had been filled with a lower grade silicone composition. This differed from the European CE Mark approved gel they had originally used. The British Association of Plastic Surgeons says the implants are made from industrial silicone meant for use in mattresses rather than cosmetic procedures.
In March 2010 the French authorities alerted the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency) that they had ceased any distribution, export and use of the P.I.P gel implant. The MHRA immediately banned all use of P.I.P implants in the UK.
Symptoms if the implant has ruptured
Most patients will experience no signs or symptoms of a silicone breast implant rupture. However, some patients may experience the following;
- Burning sensation, tingling, swelling, numbness or redness in the affected breast
- Hard lumps surrounding the implant or in the armpit
- A change in breast size or distortion
- Softening or hardening of the breast
If the implant has not ruptured
It is certainly the case that it is easier to remove and replace an implant that has not ruptured than to deal with a situation where there is a rupture and fluid has leaked into the surrounding area and the bloodstream. Tim Goodacre, a member of the government commissioned panel investigating the PIP scandal has said that
“even at a very low rupture rate, we would want to see most implants removed. There is a great deal of uncertainty and lack of knowledge about the extent of the problems”.
If you are about to have your implants removed, we recommend that you ask the clinic to store them for you. It is important that they agree to store them and not destroy them. They may be required for evidence in the future.
If you have already had the implants removed and the clinic has given them to you, they can be stored safely at room temperature. The clinic should have cleansed them before giving them to you. If you believe they have not been fully cleansed then you should take them back to the clinic as soon as possible.
How do I know if I have a P.I.P Implant?
Contact us and we will write to your surgeon or clinic requesting that they identify the manufacturer. Any medical records should be provided without delay and without charge.
I have a P.I.P Implant what should I do?
If you think you have received a P.I.P implant you should contact your doctor as soon as possible.
The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) has recommended that all women who have undergone breast implant surgery using P.I.P implants have an ultrasound scan. This will determine if there is any implant rupture or irregularities in the silicone.
If there are any signs of either rupture or weakening then both implants should be removed.
Legal position / Compensation
We believe the clinic responsible for fitting substandard implants is liable to pay compensation. Compensation may include the cost of removing the implant and replacement implants. There can also be a claim for the pain and suffering associated with removal and compensation for any additional scarring. We can also seek a claim for loss of earnings, psychological damage and medical expenses.
What if the clinic I used is no longer in business?
Even if your clinic no longer exists, it may be possible to seek compensation from the insurance company who insured them at the time the surgery took place. We are maintaining a data base of clinics and their insurers.
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If you are worried you may have been fitted with a faulty breast implant, please contact us.