PIP implants were recalled from the UK market in 2010 after the regulatory authority - the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency - issued an alert.
The authorities found that the type of gel used in the implants was not approved. It was in fact non-medical grade silicone – similar to that used in mattresses. Some scientific research has identified that there may be 60 plus chemicals contained within a single PIP implant.
The French regulatory authority (AFSSAPS) highlighted a higher than average rupture rate in the French implants of 5% with the risk increasing with implant age. Research published in June 2012 revealed that the PIP products were twice as likely to rupture than other products.
UK Authorities recognise that these implants should not have been implanted in women, but are unable to identify an accurate rupture rate for the UK. The UK cannot rule out the possibility of the PIP implants being toxic. Effectively, when it comes to the UK the official information just isn’t that clear.
What happens if a breast implant ruptures?
At Thompsons Solicitors we know that a number of women are finding that their implants are rupturing, leaking or causing them considerable pain.
When the implant ruptures, the silicone may leak into the body. Approved products are made of medical grade materials which pose no threat to health if the implant fails; however, as the silicone used in the implants was not approved there are fears regarding the long term health repercussions for women whose implants have ruptured.
If you had PIP implants and are experiencing the following symptoms, you should contact us and your doctor as soon as possible:
- Rashes on the breast area
- Tender breasts
- Change in the shape of the breast
- Deflation of the breast
- Lumpiness of the breast
- Lumpiness and swelling of the areas around the breast
You should also contact us if it has been confirmed to you that you have PIP implants whether you are experiencing symptoms or not.
Thompsons can help
At Thompsons Solicitors, we understand that as a victim of this scandal you want these implants out of your body and replaced. We believe that you have the right to claim compensation to:
• cover the cost of any scans, removal or replacement needed • seek redress for the pain and suffering you’ve been through.
If you’re a victim of the PIP breast implant scandal, then contact us for free legal advice and to take forward a no win no fee compensation claim. Call on 0800 089 1331 or fill in our online enquiry form.
The Scottish victims of the scandal are campaigning with Thompsons to get justice and ensure a scandal like this is never allowed to happen again. You can find the group by following this link or call us on 0800 089 1331 for more details.