If you have PIP implants, you may well want to take action for the fact that you had potentially harmful products put into your body. You may seek:
- • Compensation for the cost of any treatment that you need
- • Compensation for trauma resulting from your implants rupturing or leaking
- • Compensation for financial loss resulting from your PIP implants – maybe you lost your job for time off work
There are a number of solicitors handling PIP implants cases. Some of these specialise in Personal Injury Claims, some in Clinical Negligence…two slightly different angles so have a think about whether you feel more strongly that you were treated badly by your clinic or surgeon and angry about having the implants put in to begin with; or have a strong case for implant damage (ruptures / leakages) and have lost a lot of money.
Some of the highest profile solicitors dealing with PIPs include:
This list is by no means exhaustive, however, so it is worth researching the market.
On 9th March 2012, the High Court recommended that all the solicitors should combine to pursue a Group Litigation Order on behalf of all PIPettes. For Personal Injury claims, Hugh James is the appointed lead solicitor. You do need to have registered your claim in order to be heard in any action that takes place so, if you have not already done so, now is the time to find yourself a solicitor.
Most of the solicitors ask you to fill out a questionnaire when you apply to them. As with surgeons, different solicitors have varying terms and policies. Some are only representing women who have proven ruptures (you may require scans in order to establish this). Some only represent clients with PIPs implanted after certain date ranges (from 2001 to 6 years). So you may need to phone around to find the right representative for you. Make sure you ask your solicitor what kind of evidence you will be required to compile. Some do not ask for anything, whilst others need photograph and video documentation from your PIP removal and replacement surgery. It is best to know this in advance as it is obviously too late once your surgery is performed!