Breast augmentation compensation claims

Breast augmentation involves enlarging or altering the shape of the breasts. It is the most popular form of cosmetic surgery in the UK today, with over 8,000 women a year choosing to undergo the procedure. If you feel that your surgery hasn’t produced the results you were assured of, talk to us for free initial advice by calling 0203 817 9430.

If your medical professional has been negligent in the services they have provided for you it may be possible to recover compensation for your loss. In some cases this could include the cost of corrective surgery. That’s why it’s vital you contact us without delay for a free consultation.

A variety of surgical techniques are used and which one is chosen will depend on both the patient’s wishes and their physical assessment. The medical professional must take great care in deciding which technique to employ since some techniques will be inappropriate or unnecessarily risky if the patient has certain characteristics. For example, they will have to decide whether to place the implant under, partially under or over the muscle, as well as where to make the incision. Failing to exercise reasonable care in making these decisions may result in negative results which can be very serious.

loading staff

Breast surgery risks

All surgery comes with some risks and since breast augmentation requires deep incisions and the placing of foreign objects in the body dangers such as infection or even necrosis (tissue death) are greater than in other forms of cosmetic surgery. Augmentation carries additional risks such as:

  • Rupturing of the implant. It is estimated that up to ten per cent of implants rupture within five years. Saline implants pose no health risk if this occurs, however if a silicone implant ruptures it can be potentially dangerous.
  • ‘Hardening’. This occurs when the scar capsule that forms around the implant contracts, constricting the implant and causing the breast to become uncomfortably firm.
  • Permanent loss of sensation. It is estimated that over 15 per cent of breast implant patients do not recover sensation in their breasts for many years, if at all.
  • ‘Synmastia’. This occurs when implants are too large or heavy for the surrounding tissue to support. This results in the skin being pulled away from the chest wall. This will result in a loss of breast definition at best and potentially very serious injury at worst.

All of these risks are well known, but that does not mean that a patient who suffers one of these conditions cannot expect compensation for their loss. Medical professionals must counsel their patients on these risks to secure a full and informed consent. They must also take all due care to avoid these risks materialising. If they have failed to do so then the patient may be able to hold them liable for that failure.

We're widely accredited for our work - medical negligence

  • Clinical Negligence Accreditation
  • Chambers
  • Society of Clinical Injury Lawyers
  • Legal 500

It is our business to deliver legal services that work for our clients, you can trust our specialists to take care of things on your behalf. Over the years our medical negligence team has been recognised by industry awards and accredited for their excellence.

Memberships & accreditations

9.2 out of 10
Trustpilot logo5-stars on trustpilot Based on count 444

We're Great

It is our business to deliver legal services that work for our clients, and you can trust our specialists to take care of things on your behalf.

Our Trustpilot reviews

Very clear, concise information from the start, friendly, approachable, nothing is too much trouble, I felt at ease.
View from a satisfied clinical negligence client

NHS maternity units closed almost 300 times in 2017

Freedom of Information requests have recently confirmed that almost half of all maternity units in England were forced to turn away expectant mothers in 2017. Maternity units were closed 287 times usually due to lack of capacity and staffing issues. This...

Read more

Lancashire Police launch Christmas drink-drive campaign

Lancashire Constabulary has launched a new campaign targeting drink and drug drivers this Christmas. The campaign, launched on December 1 st , will see Lancashire Police implement high profile enforcement activity on the regions roads throughout...

Read more

Clin neg staff reorder

  • Louise Griffiths
  • Judith Thomas-Whittingham
  • Tom Mooney
  • Laura Sheehan
  • Claire Stockley
  • Jamie Cruickshanks
  • ​Carla Duprey
  • Gemma Crompton
  • Alexandra Gill
  • Laura Owen
  • Amy Makin​
  • Pam Thompson
  • Justine Wright

We're always here for you

As an award-winning top 150 law firm, with over 450 staff based in offices across the country, you're never far from the advice you need.

Find your nearest Stephensons office and arrange a meeting

As an award-winning top 150 law firm, with over 450 staff based in offices across the country, you're never far from the advice you need.