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How much compensation for a breast reduction injury claim? Negligence or Botched

By Cat Soong. Last updated 12th April 2022. 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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A guide to accident claims for breast reduction injuries

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Breast reduction negligence

There are a number of different reasons why people have breast reduction surgery. Both men and women can have this surgery, whether it is for medical reasons or simply because they do not like their appearance. No matter your reasons for having this type of surgery, the last thing you would expect is to end up injured as a consequence of the operation. Of course, this does not happen regularly, but there are incidents whereby injuries can occur. This is often a result of medical negligence on behalf of the surgeon. Perhaps he or she did not carry out the operation correctly? Maybe they failed to provide you with the correct information or overlooked your allergies?

So long as you are able to prove that you are not at fault for the incident you have been involved in, you will be able to make a claim for compensation. This is something we can help you with. Our breast augmentation solicitors have years of experience in the industry, helping personal injury victims to launch claims for any type of medical negligence they have suffered during any type of breast operation.

But, before you give us a call to make a claim, why not take a look at our compensation guide below? We provide you with all of the information you need, including details on eligibility, compensation amounts, and how to launch a successful claim. You will also find a section on breast implant claims, as they have become more common due to the PIP implant news update. PIP implants are no longer allowed in the UK, and so anyone with PIP implants may be able to make a successful claim for implant compensation.

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.

The risk of medical negligence during breast reduction surgery

Surgeons have to abide by a strict code of conduct when carrying out any type of surgery. There are numerous laws and regulations in place that need to be followed. If they fail to adhere to the rules, and you have been injured as a consequence, you could be entitled to compensation. This highlights why it is so important to choose a clinic and surgeon with care before proceeding with this treatment. Make sure you conduct plenty of research and read as many breast reduction reviews UK wide as possible.

There are many ways a surgeon could be negligent. For example, they may fail to consider your allergies, which could result in you having a reaction to general anaesthesia. You may also suffer from complications, such as infection, fluid accumulation, and bleeding, due to the surgeon failing to carry out the procedure correctly.

Possible breast reduction surgery risks

Although most people do not experience any complications during or after breast reduction surgery, there are those that do. If you experience any of the following, you should get in touch with our cosmetic surgery solicitors:

  • Unfavourable scarring
  • Fatty tissue deep in the skin (skin necrosis)
  • Allergies to injectable agents, topical preparations, blood products, or tape
  • Persisting pain
  • Deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary, and cardiac complications
  • Potential total or partial loss of areola and nipple
  • Potential loss of tissue/skin of breast where incisions meet each other
  • Inability to breastfeed
  • Excessive firmness of the breast
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Breast asymmetry
  • Temporary or permanent damage to deeper structures, for example, lungs, muscles, blood vessels, and nerves
  • Bruising, swelling, permanent pigmentation changes, and skin discolouration
  • Breast shape and contour irregularities
  • Poor wound healing
  • Blood clots
  • Bleeding (hematoma)
  • Anaesthesia risks
  • Temporary or permanent changes in breast or nipple sensation
  • Infection

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.

How to begin a breast reduction injury claim

If you want to make a personal injury claim for breast reduction surgery that has gone wrong, all you need to do is give us a call. We have years of experience in plastic surgery negligence claims, including breast reduction, breast implant replacement, and boob job claims. We are dedicated to securing the maximum possible payout for your claim.

When you call us, we will provide you with a free consultancy session. This gives you the opportunity to ask any questions you have about cosmetic surgery compensation claims. We will also conduct a fact-finding session. We will ask you a number of questions so that we can fully understand what has happened. This is nothing for you to worry about; it is simply so we can advise you in the best possible manner.

One of the best things about choosing us as your claims service is that all of our solicitors work on a No Win No Fee basis. This means anyone can make a claim, irrespective of their current financial situation, as you only need to pay legal fees if your claim is a success. You can find out more about this further down. Also, if you need a local medical, we will be happy to arrange this for you.

Time limits on breast reduction injury 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 a breast reduction injury?

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.

Reason for compensationTypical compensation amountComments
Moderately severe psychological damage£17,900 to £51,460The individual will also experience problems such as those mentioned above. However, the prognosis will be a lot more optimistic.
Moderate psychological damage£5,500 to £17,900There 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£1,440 to £5,500Cases 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.

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.

Can I make a claim for breast augmentation compensation?

As mentioned earlier in the guide, you can also make a claim for breast augmentation surgery that has gone wrong. Breast reduction and breast enlargement negligence claims can both be made if something has gone wrong with your surgery. 

There are a number of complications that can arise due to medical negligence, including bad scarring or allergic reactions. However, we find that a lot of claims are launched for the purpose of seeking PIP implant compensation in 2016, and more recently, PIP implant compensation 2017.

If you search PIP implant update 2017, or PIP implant court case 2016 / PIP implant court case 2017 online, a lot of results will come up. This is because PIP implants were banned in the UK several years ago because of the risks associated with them. If you have been injured due to PIP implants, there is a very high chance you will be able to make a claim. You will also be able to sue if a surgeon has used PIP implants in your botched breast lift after they were banned in the UK.

We have launched many successful PIP implant claims over the years, and so you can be sure that we are best placed to help you secure the compensation you deserve. You can find more information on breast augmentation injury claims here. This not only covers PIP implant claims, but also information on all other claims relating to breast implants.

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

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.

Medical Negligence Guides

FAQs On Breast Enlargement Negligence Claims 

Why should you make a breast reduction negligence claim? 

Suffering a botched breast reduction injury could leave someone feeling uncomfortable or hopeless. Physical disfigurements could affect someone’s entire life. The injury could affect a person’s confidence. It could affect their social life and their ability or desire to spend time with family and friends.  

Negligence during breast reduction or augmentation could be psychologically devastating to the person affected. By making a compensation claim you could also secure funds for any corrective medical treatment. Breast augmentation claims could also compensate you for your suffering and pain caused by the injury. 

Can you get a breast reduction on the NHS? 

Whether or not you could be eligible for breast reduction surgery on the NHS will vary depending on your local Clinical Commissioning Group – CCG. Some Clinical Commissioning Groups will not fund breast reduction surgeries, whilst others will if you fulfill specific criteria. 

For example, you could be eligible for breast reduction surgery if you have very large breasts and they cause problems, such as; 

  • Back, neck or shoulder pain that is caused by larger breasts. 
  • Irritation in the skin, such as rashes under the breasts.  
  • Grooves on your shoulders caused by bra straps. 
  • Psychological harm (such as depression and low self-esteem) caused by overly large breasts. 
  • Where the breasts cause you not to be able to exercise.

Who do you make breast reduction injury claims against? 

One of the first steps in making botched breast reduction injury claims is determining who is liable for your injury. In this case, the liable party may be a doctor, surgeon or hospital. You will need evidence to prove who this party is and why they are liable for your injuries. 

If you are unsure who the liable party is, or if you are struggling to find enough evidence, please get in contact with our team.

To learn more about breast reduction injury claims, please contact our specialist medical negligence claims team today.

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