PIP breast implants victims to receive compensation

Thousands of victims of the PIP breast implant scandal, including 540 British women, will receive compensation after a Paris appeals court ruling.

The case in Paris was brought by 2,700 women who said they had suffered long-term health effects after receiving implants manufactured by a French firm which were filled with cheap, industrial-grade silicone not cleared for human use.

The court also upheld a ruling on Thursday that the German firm TÜV Rheinland, which certified that the implants were safe, was negligent.

The Pip Implant World Victims Association (Pipa) said it was seeking damages amounting to tens of thousands of euros for each victim, but when and how much compensation would be given was yet to be determined, with a first ruling expected in September.

The ruling could have implications for thousands more women from dozens of countries around the world who received PIP implants.

The timing and amount of compensation is still to be determined, according to the PIP Implant World Victims Association (PIPA).


PIP folded when the scandal erupted in 2010. Its founder, Jean-Claude Mas, was jailed for four years and fined 75,000 euros (£82,500) in 2013.

In a statement, PIPA said damages ranging between 20,000 and 70,000 euros were being sought for each victim. A first ruling on compensation was expected in September.

“We are delighted with this outcome which definitively puts an end to the doubts about TUV’s responsibility,” said lawyer Olivier Aumaitre who represented the women on behalf of PIPA.

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