Breast Surgery Compensation Claims
Breast surgery has the ability to make you feel more confident and happy with your appearance. If your procedure and recovery runs smoothly, and you’re pleased with the outcome, you will probably come away from your cosmetic surgery experience feeling positive.
Unfortunately, sometimes breast surgery doesn’t quite 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 could help you claim compensation.
Breast surgery compensation claims cannot undo what patients have suffered, but they can get those patients the compensation they need to start piecing their life back together after a devastating surgical error.
You could be compensated 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.
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What can go Wrong with Breast Surgery?
Choosing a fully trained and competent plastic surgeon is very important. You should always make sure to do your research before going under the knife so that you can be sure of their credentials and feel comfortable with them operating on you.
It is important to remember that every type of surgery, cosmetic or medical, comes with its own risks. It’s also very important that your doctor or surgeon runs through these with you before you choose to undergo any procedure. If they don’t, and something does go wrong, they can be held responsible.
Of course, the possibilities of what could go wrong with a cosmetic breast surgery depend on what type of surgery you have. If you undergo breast enlargement surgery, for example, you could end up with a fluid build-up. 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 make a claim for compensation.
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.
If something does go wrong during or after your procedure, it could leave you physically and emotionally scarred for a long time. That’s why it’s so important to take action if you’ve suffered at the hands of a medical professional involved in the process. Breast surgery compensation claims can help hold them accountable but can also help you move forward from your negative experience.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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 reconstruction 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 You can Make Breast Surgery Compensation Claims
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 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.
What will be Considered when you Claim
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
We 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. 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 claim. We will ensure you are always kept in the loop and understand the claims process as much as possible.
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