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PIP breast implant scandal ruling in French court

In May this year, the Court of Appeal in Paris ruled that TUV Rheinland negligently awarded safety certificates for PIP (Poly Implant Prothése) implants and is therefore liable to pay compensation to the 2,700 women who lodged claims for injuries and loss sustained due to the implants. 

PIP implants were used for around 10 years from 2000.  In 2010 it emerged that the implants were filled with cheap, industrial grade silicone which was not cleared for human use. It has been reported that PIP implants are six times more likely to rupture than any other implants and victims have reportedly suffered complications including pain, aching joints, fatigue and cancer scares according to PIPA (PIP Implant World Victims Association).

It is estimated that up to 400,000 women worldwide have received PIP implants and as many as 47,000 women in the UK.

The implants were manufactured by French company PIP between 2001-2010 but when the scandal erupted in 2010 the company went into liquidation. TUV Rheinland was the company responsible for issuing safety certification for use of the implants in Europe. 

TUV are facing a number of claims worldwide; the May ruling relates to TUV1, a case brought to the courts on behalf of 2,700 individuals including 540 British women. The ruling represents a long-fought victory for the victims and may have implications for thousands of others worldwide. 

Women who received PIP implants may have a right to claim for personal injury caused by these implants if they suffered loss and damage as a result.

Worthingtons Solicitors is currently acting for individuals who have sustained injury as a result of ruptured PIP implants and can also advise and assist others who have been affected adversely as a result of PIP implants.

Worthingtons have a team of solicitors with extensive experience in handling medical negligence cases involving all aspects of medical care. If you or a family member have been affected by PIP implants, we will gladly provide advice and work to ensure you receive any compensation you are entitled to for the suffering you have endured as a result. Contact Claire McDaid at our Belfast office on (028 9043 4015) or Nikki McConnell at our Newtownards office on (028 9181 1538) for advice and guidance on this process.

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