Unfortunately, breast implants can sometimes go wrong. If you have had a breast implant that was done incorrectly, you may be able to claim medical negligence. In this article, we will discuss what constitutes medical negligence and how you can go about making a claim.
What are Breast Implants?
Breast implants are prosthetic devices that are inserted into the breast in order to increase size or improve shape. Breast implants are commonly used for cosmetic reasons, but they can also be used for reconstruction after breast cancer surgery.
There are two main types of breast implants: saline and silicone. Saline breast implants are filled with sterile salt water, while silicone breast implants are filled with a gel. Both types of breast implants have an outer shell made of silicone.
What Can Go Wrong With Breast Implants?
There are several potential complications that can occur with breast implants. These complications can occur soon after surgery, or they may not develop until years later.
Capsular contracture is one of the most common complications of breast implants. This occurs when the scar tissue around the implant (the capsule) begins to tighten, causing discomfort and hardening of the breast. Capsular contracture can occur with both saline and silicone breast implants.
Another common complication is implant rupture. This occurs when the outer shell of the breast implant breaks. If a saline breast implant ruptures, the salt water will be absorbed by your body and you will likely experience no symptoms. However, if a silicone breast implant ruptures, you may experience pain, swelling, and changes in breast appearance.
Other potential complications of breast implants include infection, bleeding, and asymmetry.
What is Medical Negligence?
Medical negligence is defined as any action (or lack of action) by a healthcare professional that results in harm to a patient. In order for a claim of medical negligence to be successful, the following must be proven:
– That the healthcare professional owed the patient a duty of care
– That the healthcare professional breached their duty of care
– That the patient suffered harm as a result of the breach
– That the harm was caused by the negligence and not by any other factor
If you have experienced any of the complications listed above, or any other problems with your breast implants, you may be able to make a claim for medical negligence.
Medical negligence occurs when a healthcare professional fails to provide the standard of care that a reasonable person would expect in a particular situation. This can happen during surgery, or it can occur afterward if a healthcare professional fails to properly monitor a patient’s progress.
There are several different ways in which medical negligence can occur with breast implants. For example, if a surgeon fails to insert the breast implant correctly, this could lead to capsular contracture or rupture. If a surgeon uses substandard materials for the breast implants, this could also lead to complications.
How Can You Claim for Medical Negligence?
If you believe that you have suffered from medical negligence in relation to breast implants, you may be able to make a claim. To do this, you will need to gather evidence to support your case. This evidence can include medical records, photos of your breast implants, and testimony from witnesses. What is the process of a medical negligence claim?
If you have been the victim of medical negligence, you should contact a solicitor as soon as possible. They will be able to advise you on whether or not you have a case and can help you to gather the evidence that you need.
A claim for medical negligence can be complex, so it is important to seek legal advice from a solicitor who has experience in this area. If you win your case, you may be awarded compensation for your injuries and any financial losses that you have incurred.
If you are successful in your claim, you may be awarded damages to cover the cost of medical treatment, lost earnings, and pain and suffering. You may also be able to claim for future medical expenses if your breast implants need to be removed or replaced.
If your medical negligence case goes to court, you will need to prove that the healthcare professional breached their duty of care and that this breach resulted in you suffering harm. You will also need to show that the harm was caused by negligence and not by any other factor.
The amount of compensation that you are awarded will depend on the severity of your injuries and the impact that they have had on your life. If you have suffered from a serious complication, such as breast implant rupture, you may be entitled to a higher amount of compensation.
If you have suffered from a serious complication, such as breast implant rupture, you may be entitled to a higher amount of compensation. Seeking legal advice as soon as possible is vital if you believe that you have been the victim of medical negligence.