For many, cosmetic surgery is a way to improve confidence and body image. Many women across the UK have undergone surgery for breast augmentation and according to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPs) in 2012 there were 9,863 breast augmentations in Britain, making it the most popular type of surgery for women.
In this evasive form of surgery there are certain risks that need to be considered. But what should you do if the surgery does not turn out the way you hoped, or there was an error during the procedure?
Can I make a claim for a botched breast augmentation?
If you have undergone breast augmentation and have suffered an injury as a result of the surgery then you could be entitled to claim for personal injury compensation.
If an accident has occurred which was caused by surgical error, or the correct risks have not be explained to you as a patient before the procedure, then you could be eligible for compensation. Examples include:
- Scarring which had not been mentioned to you
- Infection risk which has not been made clear
- Implants which need to be removed
- Implants which rupture
PIP implant scandal
Most accident injury cases must have happened in the last three years in order for a claim to be allowed. However, one recent exception to this rule, involving cosmetic accidents and breast augmentation, is the PIP scandal.
In 2010, a health scare occurred across Europe after it was discovered that French firm Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) had been using industrial grade silicone for some of its products, including silicone breast implants.
The implants were found to have double the rupture rate of other implants. This could result in silicone gel leaking into the body and causing scar tissue, inflammation and pain.
The PIP scandal resulted in a review in the UK as to whether there needs to be more regulations in the cosmetic surgery industry. The subsequent report, ‘the review of the regulation of cosmetic interventions’ was published in April 2013 and stated that changes must occur within the industry to protect those choosing to have cosmetic surgery.
If you are unsure about whether or not you could make a claim after suffering from a cosmetic accident such as a breast augmentation then call Accident Advice Helpline.
Have you had a recent accident at work?
Contact us today on 0800 689 0500 if you have suffered from a cosmetic accident, or a work-related injury such as industrial deafness or vibration white finger, to see if you qualify for compensation.