French Lawyer In Iceland Over PIP Case - The Reykjavik Grapevine

French Lawyer In Iceland Over PIP Case

Published May 12, 2014

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Olivier Aumaitre, a lawyer spearheading a class action lawsuit against the manufacturers of defective breast implants, says that Icelandic women who suffered as a result of the implants could be entitled to damages.

Vísir reports that Olivier is working with the law offices of Vox to seek out those Icelandic women who have suffered health problems as a result of Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) breast implants. Already, 250 Icelandic women have been in contact with him, and he met with 30 women last Friday.

While Olivier says it is hard to say for certain how much in damages someone could receive, he considers a figure of between 10,000 and 15,000 euros realistic (between over 1.5 million and over 2.3 million ISK).

As reported two years ago, the Icelandic government has already offered to cover the costs of removing the implants in Icelandic women who received them. This is, however, stipulated on the implants already leaking; if they are not, women seeking to remove the implants will have to cover the costs themselves, which can be up to 200,000 ISK.

As has been widely reported globally, Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) breast implants made from 2000 to 2010 have been shown in some cases to leak, which can cause serious health problems. The implants have since been recalled, and a class action lawsuit against the company has been ongoing ever since.

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