France: Var-based breast implant manufacturer PIP is back in the news again
Accountability grows in PIP saga
Notorious breast implant company PIP is hitting the headlines again as another victim pledges to wage a legal war. Amid claims that the risks of rupture and cancer could be higher than first thought, the woman is suing her surgeon, insurance company and a government body – all of which she says are accountable.
A French woman, only known as Brigitte, has launched a legal case against the surgeon who performed her breast implant procedure, PIP insurance company Allianz, and German governing body of certification TÜV in the Crown Court of Marseille.
Her aim? She demands to have all of PIP’s audits and checks by TÜV between 2000 and 2009 to be made public knowledge. Her lawyer Laurent Gaudon believes that they can prove TÜV was at fault by failing to pull the industrial grade silicon implants made by PIP from the market despite the annual check ups the company made on Var-based PIP.
She also hopes to sue the doctor who performed her operation in 2005, claiming that he “failed to provide complete information”. Brigitte reportedly alleges that her implants have given her cancer.
Meanwhile, this link between the defective PIP implants and cancer is growing in popularity as a number of acclaimed doctors side with the controversial theory. New research published in the Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery by Doctor Jan Stanek has discovered that the rupture rate in the low-quality PIP implants could be as “high as 33.8 per cent”.
The judge in Marseille is expected to come to a decision on 23rd May.