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Breast Surgery Claims
Breast surgery can help to either reduce or enlargement the shape, weight or density of the breasts. Breast reduction surgery is more likely to be completed on the NHS than breast augmentation, but only if the procedure is necessary for health reasons – such as chronic back pain.
While patients are often happy with their breast surgeries, accidents can occasionally happen due to medical negligence. If you believe you have suffered due to such negligence, you may be able to make a medical negligence claim through First Personal Injury.
Reasons for Breast Surgery
There are two main types of breast surgery: reduction or enlargement. Breast reduction includes creating an incision around the areola from which tissue is then removed and the breast is reshaped. In breast enlargement surgery, implants are placed behind existing breast tissue or chest muscle in order to create a fuller breast shape and size. A general anaesthetic is recommended for both types of surgery, but it is possible to perform these surgeries under local anaesthetic, where the breast area will be numbed to reduce pain.
There are many reasons why a patient might wish to undergo breast reduction or surgery, including:
- Chronic pain in the back, neck or shoulders
- Reduced mobility
- Infection under the breast
- Difficulty fitting into clothing
At the same, time, women may decide to undergo breast augmentation (enlargement) surgery to:
- create larger breasts than is biologically possible
- create symmetry if the breasts are asymmetrical
- increase the breast size or to reshape the breasts after extreme weight loss
- restore breast shape or size after an unrelated surgery
- correct asymmetrical breasts
As this list highlights, the reasons behind breast surgery can be complex. Like any cosmetic procedure, there is an opportunity for accidents to occur during surgery. If you believe that any injuries that have resulted from surgery were not a necessary part of the breast enlargement or reduction operation but rather the result of medical negligence, you may be entitled to claim.
When does Breast Surgery become Medical Negligence?
If you believe that you have received poor medical advice or a breast-related procedure has resulted in an unnecessary injury, you may be entitled to compensation as a result of medical negligence.
Some of the common injuries that might occur due to breast surgery include:
- Unnecessary bleeding or blood clots
- Excessive/unnecessary scarring
- Rupture or deflation
- Organ damage
- Abnormalities in breast shape
- Poor fluid drainage
- Rupture or deflation
- Change in breast or nipple sensation
As with other types of medical negligence, with breast surgery claims, it is possible to pursue compensation for your negligent treatment. However, you could also be entitled to claim for financial losses such as a loss of earnings, the cost of the original surgery or the cost of any further surgeries that are necessary to correct the damage that has been done. To learn how much compensation you could claim, you should speak to a specialist cosmetic surgery solicitor.
Making a claim with First Personal Injury
If you have suffered a personal injury following breast surgery, you may be entitled to receive compensation. First Personal Injury solicitors are available to assist you and help win any compensation that you deserve.
At First Personal Injury, we work with both families and individuals across England and Wales, leading them on their legal journey and helping them claim compensation after an accident or injury.