A British bank’s ruling could lead to thousands of pounds in compensation payments to women who paid for faulty PIP breast surgery on their credit cards.
British banks have already agreed to compensate women for the original cost of surgery under the Consumer Credit Act.
Now Lloyds Bank has agreed to go further and is advising claimants they could be granted compensation for the worry caused by the faulty implants and for further surgery to replace them.
“This could be exceptionally good news for anyone who paid for surgery with a Lloyds TSB credit card,” said leading PIP compensation expert, Ashley Attwood of Attwood Solicitors.
“Lloyds are effectively taking primary responsibility for the faulty breast implants. This puts them on the same level as the clinic that did the surgery or their insurer. We are now challenging all British banks to follow Lloyds Bank’s example.
“We would advise anyone who used a credit card to contact a lawyer. Their initial claims were easy to resolve as the bank just paid back the cost of the surgery taken on a credit card.
“But judging how much victims are due for mental distress and related issues is far more complex and it is important that people take good legal advice before agreeing a settlement.”
Stoke-on-Trent based Attwood Solicitors have been at the forefront of the fight for compensation for English victims caught up in the French PIP scandal.
Attwood Solicitors is the only UK law firm to partner with their French counterparts to win compensation for English victims in the French courts.
Attwood Solicitors says the victory in the French courts has paved the way for as many as 50,000 British women to join the French proceedings and seek compensation in France. French lawyers are seeking compensation of up to €30,000 per claimant.
John Farrow, Head of the PIP litigation at Attwood Solicitors, said the court decision against TÜV Rhineland gives a genuine opportunity for compensation for victims who have so far been unable to claim.
Mr Farrow said that anyone, regardless of when or where they had the PIP implants, is still now potentially able to make a claim in the French legal action and he urged potential claimants to contact Attwood Solicitors before the Appeal is heard later this year.
The scandal broke in 2010, after a large percentage of women with the implants suffered from the implants rupturing. Subsequently, the founder of PIP (Poly Implant Prosthese), Jean-Claude Mas, has been convicted in France of fraud.
For advice on the PIP implants issue please contact Attwood Solicitors on 01782 416016 (email firstname.lastname@example.org).
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