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ATE insurance in action: surgical mesh cases

By Matthew Best, Senior Underwriting Manager

(Estimated reading time: 1 minute 16 seconds)

The BBC prime time drama ‘Casualty’ has had some pretty big issues to deal with down the years and never more so than over the last twelve months; so here at Temple we were delighted to see the scriptwriters used a recent episode to highlight, amongst other things, the hidden but hugely important issue of surgical mesh.

These implants have been widely used in the last twenty years but there have been extensive reports of numerous health complications such as debilitating pain, bleeding and difficulty walking following surgery.

Implants of surgical mesh are used to treat conditions such as hernias, stress incontinence and prolapse in women. Unfortunately in many cases this has led to painful and unnecessary complications for patients.

In a recent episode, viewers saw character Marty’s (Shaheen Jafargholi) mother Bibi brought into the emergency department and treated for complications following vaginal mesh surgery. What
was really pleasing was to see the character Dr Dylan Keogh (played by William Beck) explain the issue with the mesh to Marty. Particularly that whilst complications only occur in 3% of cases, this actually means thousands of women.

In recent years, Temple has helped hundreds of patients receive justice for the problems they have faced, by working closely with our partner law firms who are at the forefront of seeking to obtain the right compensation for people who have suffered from these and other inadequate medical products.

If you have a question about a surgical mesh case, please call Matthew Best on 01483 577804 or send an email to

Matthew Best

Senior Underwriting Manager
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Matthew Best

Matt has an insurance background and joined Temple in July 2011 having worked for 4 years in a leading insurance company where he was dealing with personal injury work.

Matt’s experience allows him to undertake a key role in Temple’s ATE insurance personal injury and clinical negligence teams. He also participates in the assessments of delegated schemes that Temple provide with the objective of helping our customers make the most beneficial and appropriate use of ATE insurance.

He has started studying for this CII exams which he will sit in the near future, which he will then use to develop himself, further into the company in order to provide Temple’s customers with the excellent service they expect.


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