Thursday 23 February 2012

The True Cost of Beauty

Article by
Dave Koon Koon
It is the fundamental right of every individual to be compensated for the negligent act of another which causes them injury.

Many people may be aware of claims that can be made due to an injury suffered in a road traffic accident, an accident at work or even an accident in a public place but many are unaware of their rights when it comes to injuries caused by beauty treatments.

Saturday 18 February 2012

When Should an EPA be Registered?

Article by
Sharon Brown
If you are the donor of an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) then you do not need to worry about registering your EPA.  However, your attorney(s) have a duty to register the document with the Office of the Public Guardian at such time as you lose mental capacity or begin to lose mental capacity. 

Capacity is time and decision specific and it can therefore be slightly confusing for an attorney to know exactly when they should start the registration process.  Part of the registration is to notify you and at least three of your relatives, and this acts as a safeguard to prevent an attorney taking unlawful control of your affairs.  If when the registration process is started, you or one of your relatives has a concern, it is possible to object to the Office of the Public Guardian on specified grounds.  

Friday 17 February 2012

Nearly 3,000 NHS referrals for PIP Implants following Private Surgery

Article by
Kevin Timms
Over 2,800 women have sought assistance from the NHS where their private cosmetic surgery clinic no longer exists or refuses to assist their patients.

The Health Minister, Anne Milton, said “Most patients who have been forced to get help from the NHS … seem to be choosing not to have their implants removed”. She also stated “This appears to show that these women are getting the reassurance they need from speaking to an expert or having a scan”.

Wednesday 15 February 2012

PIP Implants are Yours and Not Your Clinics

Article by
Kevin Timms
The Problem

An increasing number of our clients are being told by their clinics and surgeons that when their implants are removed and/or replaced that their PIP implants cannot be given back to them as their “PIP implants are medical waste”.

This practice is not acceptable and it is vital that any women who are having their PIP implants removed are given their implants back following surgery as those implants are evidence for any PIP implant claim that an individual may have.

Tuesday 14 February 2012

What is Wrong With PIP Breast Implants?

Article by
Kevin Timms
The European Commission has engaged the services of the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks to compile a report (“the Report”) on breast implants manufactured by Poly Implant Protheses (“PIP”).

The Report was published on 1 February 2012 and deal with the primary problems with the PIP breast implants.

The Report found that the evidence available indicates that many PIP breast implants were manufactured from industrial grade silicone which is of lower quality than medical grade silicone.

Monday 13 February 2012

New France Data on PIP Breast Implants

Article by
Kevin Timms
The French medical device regulator AFSSAPS has released further data with regard to  the rupture rates of faulty breast implants manufactured by Poly Implant Protheses ("PIP").

1379 PIP breast implant ruptures have been reported to AFSSAPS between 2001 and January 2012. Of these PIP breast implants 55% ruptured within the first five years of implantation. AFSSPAS have stated that the early ruptures were as a result of PIP breast implant failure.

Sunday 12 February 2012

PIP Breast Implants – UK Remains Ignorant Whilst Europe Takes Action

Article by
Kevin Timms
The UK Government has finally started to take concerns of women with Poly Implant Prothese ("PIP") breast implants into account but the approach is still carried out in ignorance.

The Government is to hold a crisis meeting with the private cosmetic surgery clinics on 13 February 2012. This will undoubtedly put more pressure on the clinics to take further responsibility but this, regretfully, does not mean that the Government will be publicly accepting the inherent defects in the implants – only then will the private cosmetic surgery clinic feel an obligation to assist women with PIP breast implants.

Friday 10 February 2012

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