Breast Surgery Compensation Claims
Breast Surgery Compensation Claims
Our breast surgery compensation claims experts are here for you if your breast surgery left you to suffer unnecessarily.
Unfortunately, sometimes breast surgery doesn’t go to plan and patients can be left suffering with a substandard result. This can have a disastrous physical and emotional impact, which could last for a long time.
If you have undergone cosmetic breast surgery that has gone wrong due to a negligent medical professional and you’re suffering as a result, we can help you with your surgery claim.
You may be able to receive compensation for your physical, emotional and financial stress, as well as being awarded the amount necessary to cover additional treatment or surgery you may need to rectify the initial surgical error.
What can go Wrong with Breast Surgery?
There are many things that can go wrong during breast surgery, affecting the overall outcome. When something has gone wrong, and you believe your surgeon is responsible for the error, we can help you assess your situation further.
If you undergo breast enlargement surgery, for example, you could end up with a fluid build-up or fat necrosis. This isn’t always avoidable, and also isn’t necessarily your surgeon’s fault. However, if the fluid built up because they provided you with substandard post-operation care and it has led to another issue such as an infection developing, you could claim compensation for fat necrosis in breast or fluid build up.
Similarly, if you opt for a breast uplift procedure, you could end up with nerve damage around your nipples which makes them lose sensation. This can occur naturally, whether you undergo an uplift procedure or not, but it can also happen as a result of a medical error such as using faulty equipment during surgery.
Other common risks of breast surgery include; infection, gel bleeds, implant ruptures, haematomas, excessive scarring, lumps and uneven results.
It is important to remember that every type of surgery, cosmetic or medical, comes with its own risks. Before your surgery, your doctor or surgeon must run through these risks with you in detail. If they don’t, and something does go wrong, they can be held responsible.
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Different Types of Breast Surgery
There are four types of breast surgery; enlargement, uplift, reduction and reconstruction. Each of the different surgeries is performed differently and with a different end result in mind.
Whatever type of breast surgery a person undergoes, they deserve to be informed of any possible risks or complications in their initial consultation. What risks you might face during and after the procedure will largely depend on what sort of surgery you undergo.
The medical professionals you see should ensure that you are fully aware of the risks involved with your surgical procedure, as well as making sure you aren’t allergic to any materials they may use during surgery or implant in you.
Read more below about the most common types of breast surgery injuries.
Breast enlargement surgery is medically named breast augmentation. It’s the most common cosmetic procedure in the UK, and involves silicone gel or saline implants.
There are a number of problems which could occur after breast augmentation surgery, including:
- Ruptures: when the implant splits, causing swelling, redness and tenderness
- Siliconomas: small lumps of silicone which can spread to the muscles under your breasts, armpit, arm nerves and lymph glands as a result of a silicone implant rupture. They can lead to serious problems developing, and might mean affected tissue needs removing. If the breast becomes severely damaged, a mastectomy may be necessary
- Gel bleeds: when silicone molecules leak their way into your lymphatic systems, causing your glands to swell up which can be extremely uncomfortable
- Capsular contracture: when the scar tissue shrinks too much, making the breast feel hard and causing pain and discomfort
- Seroma: when fluid builds up in your breast around your implant, which could need draining
- Scarring, creasing and folds: scarring can sometimes be excessive and become red, lumpy and painful. Creases and folds can also appear on the surface of the breast if the breasts were very small to begin with
- Nipple sensation: nipples can sometimes become painfully sensitive following breast enlargement. If this issue persists for over six months, this is when it’s a big problem
- Infections: infections that get especially serious and can’t be treated may lead to you having to have your implant removed
Many of these issues can be avoided by your surgeon carrying out their duty correctly before, during and after your procedure. They should ensure that they provide you with the proper aftercare instructions. They should also be sure to look out for and act upon warning signs of any of the above at post-operation appointments and check-ups.
If you have suffered as a result of your enlargement surgery, our no win, no fee breast augmentation solicitors may be able to help you claim compensation.
Breast uplift surgery is known in the medical world as a mastopexy. In this procedure excess skin around the breast is removed, and the remaining skin is tightened.
As with breast enlargement, there are also many issues which could occur after breast uplift surgery, including:
- Haematoma: this is when blood clots in or near the breast and causes extreme swelling. This is most likely to happen immediately after the procedure
- Fat necrosis: this is when the fatty tissue in the breast dies, which leaves the breasts red and lumpy
- Excessive scarring: this is usually caused by incisions that were made during the surgery
- Nerve supply to nipple can be destroyed: this means the nipple will lose sensation. The blood supply to your nipple can also be disrupted, which can make the nipple tissue die and fall off
- Asymmetrical breasts: one breast can end up more lifted than the other
All of these complications could occur naturally, but could also happen as a result of a medical error. This might be the use of faulty equipment, providing you with poor aftercare or making a mistake during the procedure.
Breast reduction surgery is medically called a mammoplasty, and is intended to reduce the weight and volume of the breasts. Some risks and complications of a breast reduction include:
- Uneven breast or nipple shape: they can become lopsided and/or lumpy
- Wounds: wounds can get infected, can separate and you could lose skin around the wound
- Fat necrosis
Your doctor has a duty to consider whether you are likely to suffer from any of the complications above and take precautions to prevent them occurring. They must also inform you of all of general risks which come as standard with breast reduction surgery. If you have not been informed of the risks of breast reductions you may also be able to make a breast surgery claim.
Breast reconstruction surgery is commonly undergone by women who have had a mastectomy due to having breast cancer. This type of surgery can be great for a woman’s psychological wellbeing, as mastectomies can sometimes be emotionally distressing. However, breast reconstructions also comes with risks, and can cause issues such as:
- Blood clots developing
- Fluid build up
- Infection and wound healing problems
- Tissue necrosis
- Nerve and blood supply damage
- Ruptures and leaks of implants
- Capsular contracture (when scar tissue shrinks too much)
When can I Make a Breast Surgery Compensation Claim?
Breast surgery compensation claims are intended to help people who have suffered or are still suffering as a result of a medical professional’s negligence. If your doctor or surgeon has breached their duty by doing any of the below, you likely will be able to make a claim:
- Made an error during the procedure, even if it was a mistake
- Failed to inform you of all the risks to your procedure
- Failed to take note of or consider an existing medical condition that you have, such as an allergy or an increased likelihood to suffer from clots
- Used faulty medical equipment, which includes implants
- Gave you the wrong dosage of anaesthetic
- Provided inadequate post-operation care and guidance
You must begin your medical negligence claim within three years of the date you experienced or first noticed the problem/s. However, it is a good idea to get legal advice as soon as you are aware that you have been subject to negligence injury.
What will be Considered when I Claim for Breast Surgery Negligence?
With any breast surgery compensation claims there are a number of factors which will be considered. Any physical and emotional pain you have suffered or are still suffering will be taken into account.
Any additional expenses you have been subject to because of your suffering will also be considered. This includes transport to and from hospital and payment for prescriptions.
If you’ve had and/or will have to take time off work due to unforeseen physical and emotional stress, you may also be compensated for a loss of earnings.
Whether you will have to have any corrective or additional treatment will also be considered. If you have you will likely receive the amount to cover this in your compensation package. This could be physical treatment such as correctional surgery or psychological treatment such as counselling.
We can Help with Breast Surgery Compensation Claims
Our plastic surgery solicitors understand that if you have experienced complications from cosmetic breast surgery you will be suffering both physically and emotionally. You might be disappointed with the results, left in extreme pain or been made ill by issues caused by a medical professional’s negligence.
If this sounds similar to what you’re going through, we can help you get the compensation payout you deserve. Our medical negligence team have years of experience helping people just like you with their breast surgery compensation claims. You can rest assured that we will provide you with expert advice and support throughout your personal injury claim. We will ensure you are always kept in the loop and understand the claims process as much as possible.
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