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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 Cert CII

Head of Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence
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Matthew Best Cert CII

Matt has an insurance background and joined Temple in 2011 having worked for 4 years in a leading insurance company where he was dealing with personal injury work. Matthew was promoted to Underwriting Manager and subsequently Senior Underwriting Manager taking on overall responsibility for Temple’s personal injury and clinical negligence underwriting department.

In 2022 Matt joined the board of directors as Director of ATE Partnerships. Matthew has cultivated fantastic relationships with our business partners for many years. His ability to build a clear understanding of their requirements and more importantly what is required to fulfil such requirements means he is ideally placed to support the strategic direction of the company.

Matt remains the head of the personal injury and clinical negligence department and is committed to all Temple’s business partners in order to deliver the highest level of service they expect. He is also responsible in making sure that Temple’s ATE and disbursement funding products remain competitive, but most importantly that they are fit for purpose for solicitors and their clients.


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