An Isleworth woman who has had a breast enlargement is seeking compensation after learning her implants might be unsafe.
Lucille Carrington, 48, had her first operation in 1998 and has gone under the knife a further four times since.
She is one of thousands of women who received Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) implants, before the product was discovered to contain a high level of industrial silicone intended for use in mattresses.
Jean Claud Mas, the founder of PIP was jailed for four years by a court in France after the scandal broke in 2010. In 2013 a court in Toulon, France, ruled that the German safety company TUV Rheinland, which had certified the silicone implants, is liable for having failed to perform its control properly and has to compensate the victims whilst PIP is in bankruptcy.
The UK-based Stanton Fisher Group is representing women from all over the world who have had PIP implants and would like to hear from any Middlesex women who also have a claim.
Solicitor Steven Hulme from Stanton Fisher, said: “Women who have had PIP implants simply need to prove they had the surgery undertaken. There is no requirement for the implants to have ruptured or still be in place to pursue a claim. The victims of the PIP breast implant scandal have been cruelly and criminally treated and we are determined to get justice and financial compensation for them.”
Miss Carrington, who has a grown-up daughter, said: "I was thrilled when I had my implants put in. They really improved my figure. But when I heard about the implants and the possibilities of them rupturing I was really worried. I can’t afford to have them taken out until I receive the compensation. It is a real worry for me to still have them in."