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Faulty breast implant removal: does your client have a claim?

Hugh Koch and Karen Addy review the psychological diagnosis process for women considering a compensation claim following the removal of faulty breast implants

5 March 2012

Thousands of women have come forward worldwide to complain against the now-bankrupt French company Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) after it was discovered its products had a higher than normal rupture rate. But how serious are the chances of those who undertake preventive breast implant removal surgery succeeding in a compensation claim for psychological injury?

The question lawyers and experts alike will have to consider is what medical evidence is appropriate. It is likely that, from a medico-legal point of view, both medical or surgical and psychological opinions will be sought to clarify causation, diagnosis and prognosis of difficulties and ongoing health problems of those women requiring implant removal.

The starting point before proceedings are even considered will be an examination of the main diagnostic factors in assessing psychological injuries.

Determining disorder

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