If you have been reading the newspaper throughout the last year you will have seen the news story about the French breast implant maker who is now being sued for making defective implants that have been known to split when inside the breast cavity.
Anyone who has had these implants is now insisting on getting them removed, even if they haven’t become damaged. This is understandable, as physically, if the implant was to become defective it would make the person look uneven. But, perhaps there is more to it and perhaps unlike a slip injury, the claims process won’t be able to help as regards the psychological side of the story?
Are there any psychological impacts of defective breast implants?
The answer is, there are plenty. Many women get breast implants because they are insecure about the current size of their breasts. The implants are there to help make the woman more confident about herself.
However, if the breast implants were defective, this would add worry and perhaps doubt to whether they should have got them fitted in the first place. These implant claims are sadly not as simple as a slip, trip or fall claim and could take quite some time to process. In the meantime, these women can either get these implants taken out and revert back to their original size or pay to get another set put in.
Could a compensation claim help these women like slip claims help those who are recovering from an injury?
The whole process of getting breast implants is psychologically challenging and the recovery is long and strenuous, especially as it limits what you can do including the need to avoid having a slip, trip or fall for quite some time.
Whereas a slip claim can help make up for the money lost by being off ill, the claim for faulty implants may not be able to erase the psychological struggle the women may have suffered.
It may well have been worse for those that found out when their implants split. This could have been from a simple fall injury which should not have damaged a properly made implant and caused issues more severe than a simple slip, trip or fall usually would.
If you have been affected by this speak to Accident Advice Helpline about making a claim on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: March 12, 2014
Author: David Brown