PIP Breast Implant Compensation Claim
Dave Coleman, Managing Partner at Coleman Legal, has been collaborating with French attorneys to ensure that PIP breast implant victims receive justice and are rightfully compensated.
Dave Coleman is representing some of the Irish women in initial legal claims over the faulty implants. The French court’s judgment, he said, is “excellent news” for the Irish women involved, since they will now be compensated.
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In March 2010, an official recall of all silicone breast implants manufactured by Poly Implant prothèse (PIP), a French company, was announced by the Irish Medicines Board. This was due to defects in these implants’ outer shells which increase the risk of the implants rupturing.
Research indicates that PIP has been using an industrial-grade type of silicone gel which has not been approved for medical use and which has the potential to harm human health.
It has been reported that 300,000 women worldwide have had PIP implants fitted and that most are still living with them. This number includes about 1,500 Irish women. The breast implants in question were not used in public hospitals. They were fitted in the following private hospitals and clinics
- Shandon Street Hospital, Cork;
- The Hospital Group (Dublin and Galway);
- The Harley Medical Clinic, Dublin;
- Clane Hospital, Co. Kildare.
Victims of faulty PIP breast implants set to receive compensation
Thousands of women, including around 600 from Ireland, who were given defective breast implants are due to receive compensation following a finding of negligence by a French appeal court.
The court affirmed an earlier ruling that found that TUV Rheinland, the German safety regulator which certified the implants, had been negligent.
The affair came to light in 2010, when it was discovered that the implants made by French firm Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) contained industrial-grade silicone not suitable for use in the human body. Doctors began noticing that an abnormally high proportion of the implants were rupturing. According to the British National Health Service, they were up to six times more likely to rupture than standard implants.
Since then, the company has been liquidated. Its founder, Jean-Claude Mas, was sentenced to four years in prison and fined €75,000 in 2013. Mr Mas told police at the time that his staff would remove evidence of the unauthorised silicone prior to annual inspections by TUV Rheinland.
PIP breast implant Compensation Claim
David Coleman, managing partner at Coleman Legal, described the French court’s ruling as “good news” for the Irish women, given that they will now receive compensation. Mr Coleman acted for some of the Irish women in initial legal claims concerning the defective implants.
Mr Dave Coleman said that while TUV Rheinland could appeal to a higher court, it was now inevitable that a redress scheme for the women would be established. He said a “pipeline” of compensation would be established following the making of the initial sample awards this autumn.
Olivier Aumaître, the French lawyer representing around 2,700 women in the case, said that it was a historic day for women’s rights and for all the women judged to be victims, who would now have to be fully compensated. He expressed his happiness for his clients, drawing attention to their prolonged suffering and to the lengthy period of time they had spent waiting for the court’s decision.
PIP breast implants – Risks
PIP implants are between two and six times more likely to rupture than ordinary silicone implants.
This does not give rise to serious health risks, and it has not been proven that such ruptures have any long-term health effects. Researchers in Britain and Europe have not yet found any evidence indicating that the materials in the implants are toxic or can cause cancer.
However, the symptoms can be unpleasant. You should visit your GP if you show signs of a rupture, such as:
- Change in the shape of the breast
- Swelling or lumpiness in or near the breast
- Tenderness and pain
- Enlarged lymph nodes in the armpit
- Burning sensation
How to find out whether you have PIP implants
- You may have been given documentation about your implants at the time they were fitted. This often includes details concerning the manufacturer of the implants.
- If you don’t have this documentation, you can request it from the hospital or clinic where you had the implants fitted. Your GP’s medical notes may also include relevant information.
- If you obtained PIP implants through the NHS, it is likely that you have already received a letter telling you this and giving you advice on what to do.
You can also speak with one of our medical negligence claim solicitors about your PIP Breast Implant Compensation, on call (1800)844 104 free phone.
How we can help?
If you think you have suffered as a result of the PIP implants, you might be entitled to a Compensation Claim. There are some legal complexities involving PIP breast implant Compensation, and our solicitors are available to answer any questions you may have.
To learn more and have a confidential conversation about your case, please contact us.