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How To Claim For Botched Breast Reduction Surgery

By Danielle Jordan. Last Updated 7th September 2023. This is our updated guide to breast reduction, breast enlargement negligence claims and breast augmentation claims. Our guide shows you how to make breast reduction injury claims.

Female breast reduction is an operation to reduce the volume and weight of the breasts. It is often referred to as reduction mammoplasty. During the procedure, skin, glandular tissue, and fat are removed from the breasts. The breasts are then reshaped, and the surgeon will reposition the nipples afterwards.

While this is a safe procedure, there is the risk of complications if the surgeon does not carry out the operation properly. If you have been the victim of breast surgery that has gone wrong, you may be entitled to compensation. This is something we can assist with. We have many years of experience in the industry, and we can help you to get the maximum amount of compensation you deserve.

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What is breast reduction surgery?

Breast reduction surgery in Scotland, England, and across Wales, can help both men and women. For women, breast reduction surgery can be sought if their breasts are causing back pain and making them feel uncomfortable. Some women also want breast reduction surgery because they are unhappy with the droop, weight or shape of their breasts, and want them to be smaller and more lifted. With regards to men, some men feel conscious that they have breasts and so seek breast reduction surgery to alter their appearance and feel more confident about themselves. Those who are harmed by surgical negligence could make breast augmentation claims.

What to do if your breast reduction surgery goes wrong

If you have suffered complications as a consequence of breast reduction surgery, it is important to gather as much evidence as possible for your breast reduction surgery NHS or private claim. This includes the following:

  • Gather as much information as possible about the operation – As soon as you get the opportunity, you should make a note of everything you remember regarding the operation. This will ensure you do not forget anything later down the line. Not only this but keep a hold of any reports or documents relating to the surgery.
  • Medical report – It is important to see a doctor as soon as possible so that they can check out your injuries. Of course, this is pivotal in terms of your health, but it is also vital with regards to claiming too. This is because the medical report will be used to determine how much compensation you will receive.
  • Photographs – Breast reduction surgery before and after UK photographs can really help to strengthen your claim. This gives physical proof of the injuries you have sustained.
  • Proof of expenses – It is also important to keep proof of any expenses you have encountered due to the injury you have sustained. Not only will we be able to secure compensation to cover the cost of breast reduction surgery prices, be it breast reduction cost Bupa or another clinic, but we can also seek compensation for any other out of pocket expenses you have encountered. This includes loss of income, as well as travel costs, childcare expenses, counselling expenses, and more.

Can I Claim Compensation For Botched Breast Reduction Surgery?

If you suffered harm due to a botched breast reduction, you may wonder if you are entitled to compensation. In order to make a medical negligence claim, you must be able to prove that:

  • You were owed a duty of care. 
  • This duty was breached. 
  • You suffered unnecessary harm due to this breach. 

When you are under the care of a healthcare professional, including surgeons and nurses, they must provide you with a correct standard of care. If you suffer harm that could have been avoided had this minimum standard been met, you might be eligible to seek compensation. 

However, you cannot make a claim for all harm suffered in a medical setting. If a medical professional has provided a service that meets the correct standards, but you experience harm, this does not meet the necessary requirements to claim compensation. 

If you suffered unnecessarily because of a breast reduction gone wrong, get in touch with an advisor from our team.

Time limits on botched breast reduction claims

The general time limit on all personal injury claims is three years. This means you have three years from the date of the accident to start a claim, which would be the date of the surgery in this case, or the date you connect the harm you suffered with negligence. This is in accordance with the Limitation Act 1980, which sets out the general time limits for personal injury claims.

If you suffer complications due to botched breast reduction surgery, yet these complications do not show themselves for a few years, you will have three years from the date of your diagnosis instead. Such scenarios are extremely rare, but if you do need further clarity, please do not hesitate to give us a call.

What can be claimed after botched breast reduction surgery?

When you make a breast reduction claim, there are two main heads of claim you can pursue. These two heads come together to form your final sum of compensation, but require different pieces of evidence.

  • General damages – This is the amount of compensation you will receive for the pain and suffering you experience. For this, you will need to provide evidence that the harm you suffered following your botched breast reduction or botched breast lift was a direct result of medical negligence.
  • Special damages – Special damages covers the financial aspect of your claim. This means you can claim back any financial losses caused by your injuries. For example, travel costs to and from appointments, childcare costs, or domestic help costs. For this, you will need to provide evidence of the losses, e.g bus or train tickets, bills, and invoices.

How much compensation will I get after a breast reduction injury?

One question we are often asked is: how much compensation will I get if I make a compensation claim for my botched breast reduction injury? Unfortunately, it is impossible to give a definitive answer to this question. This is because there are so many variables involved when making any type of compensation claim. No matter whether you want to make a botched boob job claim or you want accurate PIP compensation amounts, it’s important to be aware that you will only ever be given an estimate.

No one can accurately predict a compensation amount for any case. The table below shows compensation brackets from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). The JCG is a document that is often used to help value what a claim could be worth, as it provides a comprehensive list of injuries with guideline award values. However, it’s important to remember that these figures are not guaranteed. The actual compensation you might receive may vary.

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Reason for compensation Typical compensation amount Comments
Severe psychological damage £54,830 to £115,730 The award will be determined based on the injured party’s ability to cope with their lifestyle and work. In severe cases, the prognosis is very poor.
Moderately severe psychological damage £19,070 to £54,830 The individual will also experience problems such as those mentioned above. However, the prognosis will be a lot more optimistic.
Moderate psychological damage £5,860 to £19,070 There may be problems such as those mentioned above. However, the prognosis will be good, and there will be marked improvement by the time of the trial.
Less severe psychological damage £1,540 to £5,860 Cases fall short of a specific disorder or phobia. The level of award will be determined based on the length of the period of disability, as well as the extent to which sleep and daily activities were affected.
Scarring £7,830 to £22,730 Included in this bracket are noticeable laceration scars or a single disfiguring scar to the chest or back.
Chest injuries (d) £12,590 to £17,960 This bracket includes simple injuries, such as a penetrating wound, that result in tissue damage.
Moderate shoulder injuries £7,890 to £12,770 This bracket includes soft tissue injuries with non-minimal symptoms lasting beyond two years and movement limits brought on by a frozen shoulder with symptoms lasting two years.
Minor back injuries (i) £7,890 to £12,510 The claimant recovers within 2-5 years without surgery.

Our table above has been updated with the latest information on breast enlargement negligence claims and botched breast lift claims. Our advisors can provide free legal advice and help to start your claim when you get in touch today.

Surgical Error Claims – Who Is Eligible To Claim Compensation?

If you suffered a breast injury during reduction surgery, you may wish to know if you are eligible for compensation. In all surgical negligence claims, the injured party must show that the medical professional breached the duty of care they owe. The duty of care owed by medical professionals, such as breast surgeons, is that they must provide their patients with a minimum standard of care to avoid causing unnecessary harm.

Examples of unnecessary harm include:

  • Retaining a foreign object, such as a cotton swab, after the surgery.
  • Developing an infection due to poor medical hygiene practices or a medical professional’s lack of personal protective equipment (PPE). For example, a nurse not wearing gloves while changing your bandages.
  • Allergic reaction to a known allergen, such as being prescribed and given a painkiller that you are allergic to. The allergy must have been included on your medical records.
  • Anaesthetic reactions due to the technician not carrying out necessary monitoring.

If you need any help understanding surgical error claims or would like to discuss anything in this guide, call our advisors. They can assess your claiming eligibility and if it seems valid, put you in touch with one of our No Win No Fee solicitors.

No Win No Fee breast reduction injury claims

One of the key benefits of our service is the fact that we operate on a No Win No Fee basis. This makes it possible for anyone to make a personal injury claim, irrespective of his or her financial situation. How so? Well, you don’t need a large sum of money to begin the claim process because you are only going to need to pay legal fees if your case is a success. This means that you will have your compensation to cover the cost. If for some reason, we are unable to secure compensation for you, you won’t have to pay a penny. This eliminates the financial risk that is so often associated with making a compensation claim. It means you will never find yourself in the dreaded position whereby you have a huge legal bill to pay, yet you do not have compensation to fund it with.

There are other benefits to consider as well. If you were to use the services of a solicitor that charges per hour, there is always the risk that they are simply taking on your case in order to take your money. They are not impacted by the outcome of your case, and this can also lead to a substandard service. When you work with us, you can be sure that we will never waste your time. We only take on cases for breast enlargement negligence claims that we believe have a genuine chance of being successful.

Why choose us as your claims service for a breast reduction injury claim?

We know that medical negligence claims can be extremely stressful and upsetting for the claimant. This could include breast enlargement negligence claims and breast augmentation claims. We put our trust in health professionals, and so when something goes wrong, it can be difficult to come to terms with it. When you work with us, you can be sure that your feelings are always our main concern.

We will be with you every step of the way, and we will be respectful of what you are going through at all times. Because of this, we always aim to secure compensation in the most efficient manner. We are sure that our many years of experience will also put you at ease. We have an exceptional reputation to back it up too, and so you can be confident that you will be in safe hands. Contact our advisors today to find out if you can start your botched breast lift or breast reduction surgery claim.

Call for free advice and to start a claim

If you are ready to launch a compensation claim, or you have any questions, all you need to do is give us a call. You can speak to a friendly and professional member of our team by dialling 0800 073 8804. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you to get the compensation you deserve.

We hope our guide to breast reduction injury claims as well as breast augmentation claims and breast enlargement negligence claims has helped you.

Useful Links On Botched Breast Reduction Surgery

Below, you can find more links on claiming compensation for botched breast reduction surgery:

Hospital Negligence Compensation Claims – Information on when and how to claim compensation for negligent medical care in a hospital.

NHS On Breast Reduction – This link takes you to the NHS page on breast reduction surgery. You will find useful information regarding eligibility criteria, the referral process, the breast reduction NHS waiting list, things to consider, alternatives to surgery, and male breast reduction on the NHS.

NHS Feedback and complaints – This NHS link lets you know how to make a complaint against the NHS. When you file a claim with us your solicitor can also help you file a hospital complaint.

Medical Negligence Compensation Claim Amounts – Find out how much medical negligence compensation you could claim for a breast reduction gone wrong. Contact our specialists today for free advice.

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