Just three years after the PIP breast implant scandal which saw thousands of people claiming worldwide, another major investigation in to implant safety has been launched.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and other European healthcare product regulators are conducting an ‘urgent investigation’ in to implants manufactured by the Brazilian company Silimed after concerns realised in a recent inspection of their production facilities.
An investigation found that the surfaces of some devices were contaminated with particles. A recall has not yet taken place, and it is not yet known whether patient safety is at risk. But for our team of specialist medical and product liability solicitors here at The Injury Lawyers, the worst is already being feared.
In a word from out team:
“No one was sure at the start of the PIP scandal just how bad it was. We’ve seen countless images of ruptured implants and we’ve looked after patients whose lives have been literally turned upside down as a result of their bodies being contaminated by the dangerous implants.For some of the victims we have represented, no amount of compensation they have received can really undo what has been done. We sincerely hope that the investigation concludes that patient’s health and wellbeing will not be at risk; but we need to start preparing for the worst.”
Millions of pounds have been recovered in damages for victims of the PIP scandal here in the UK alone, and as a law firm representing a large proportion of those affected, millions are being recovered for our own client’s cases.
Surgeons are being told to stop using the implants immediately as the investigation in to the contamination continues. The MHRA have acted fast in launching the investigation and we welcome their dedication so far on what we already know is a real concern for those who may be affected.
A lot more needs to be done when it comes to registers for devices and the cosmetic surgery industry as a whole. A lot of the victims of the PIP scandal were unable to claim because of their clinics going in to liquidation, and we have been fighting for the justice for the victims in any way that we can.
Anyone with concerns is being asked to seek advice from their surgeon or clinic. If the devices need to be recalled then our PIP Team are already ready to start helping anyone who has been affected by the Silimed implants as well. Our services as an experienced firm of lawyers throughout the course of the litigation will be offered on a no win, no fee basis for any viable Claimant if action needs to be taken.
We will issue updates and notifications as the investigation continues.
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