If you are one of those whose PiP breast implants have gone wrong, you might be entitled to some compensation. It all depends on your circumstances, and so we recommend that you speak to a lawyer to find out for sure.
Our own compensation lawyers have given us some general advice:
They believe that PiP victims have grounds for legal action because of the Sale of Goods Act 1979.
This is because in Scotland most, if not all, of the victims of the scandal received their implants through private clinics. By paying for an operation with these private providers the victims became 'consumers' - and consumers have rights under the Sale of Goods Act.
The Act states that in a contract for the sale of goods, the goods must be of a satisfactory quality. If they are not, the contract is breached and the consumer - or buyer - is entitled to compensation. How much will vary on the individual circumstances.
Here, the PiP implants are clearly not of satisfactory quality and so a PiP implant compensation claim might be possible. It all depends on your own particular circumstances but, if successful, the claim could cover the cost of any scans, breast implant removal or replacement needed and also take account of the pain and suffering you’ve been through.
We recommend that you consult your lawyer early on, to obtain advice about your legal rights and how best to deal with the clinics. In particular, we suggest that you do not sign any contract or agreement with your clinic until you have taken legal advice.