After ten years, a court in Paris has ruled that the victims of the PIP breast implant scandal will now be liable for compensation. This comes after finding German company, TUV Rheinland, which certified the implants to be safe, to be negligent in awarding safety certificates to the French company, Poly Implant Prothese (PIP), who made the implants.
Over 2500 women raised court action after they had suffered long term health effects from having the implants fitted over 10 years ago, when, in 2010, doctors began to notice abnormally high rates of rupturing in women fitted with the implants.
Women reported suffering long terms physical and mental health problems as a result of having the implants fitted, which were found to be filled with cheap, industrial grade silicone and not suitable for human use. It was held that the implants were found more likely to rupture than other implants and could cause tissue inflammation, meaning having them removed could cause complications.
It is thought that up to 400,000 women have received the PIP implants worldwide, with around 47,000 in the UK, many for post-cancer breast reconstruction. Those affected will now be entitled to compensation, although the amount is still to be decided.
If you have been affected by the PIP scandal, please contact our specialist Personal Injury team at Jackson Boyd Lawyers today.