By Jo Jeffries. Last updated 5th May 2022. On this page, you will find a detailed guide to the process of making breast implant negligence claims. Here, we include guidance on PIP compensation amounts, as well as answering questions such as ‘can I sue for breast implants gone wrong?’ and ‘can a breast implant be placed wrong?’ We also offer tips on claiming compensation for PIP implants, and other faulty implants, showing you how our team could assess your claim for compensation for breast implants gone wrong.
Breast augmentation is by far the most commonly carried out cosmetic surgery procedure in the UK and around the world. Therefore, it comes as no surprise to discover it is also the most common form of cosmetic surgery that leads to people making personal injury claims against their cosmetic surgeon for negligence.
This guide is intended for people who believe they have a reason to make a claim for a botched breast augmentation against a negligent third party.
Breast Implant Compensation Claims For Breast Implants Gone Wrong
Where you suffer problems following breast implant surgery (otherwise known as breast enlargement or breast augmentation surgery), you could be eligible to seek compensation if the problems were the result of surgical negligence. Claims are possible against the surgeon or clinic responsible for your suffering.
If you would prefer to move straight on to making a claim, rather than read this entire guide, then call Accident Claims UK on 0800 073 8801 now and we will talk you through the process of starting a claim.
Select a Section:
- A Guide To Breast Augmentation Claims
- What Is Negligent Breast Implant And Augmentation Treatment?
- PIP Breast Implant Statistics
- Can I Make A PIP Implants Compensation Claim?
- What Are The Most Common Reasons To Seek Breast Implant Compensation
- Can You Claim Compensation For A Ruptured Implant?
- Can You Claim Compensation For A Deflated Implant?
- Can I Claim Compensation For An Infection After A Breast Augmentation?
- How Serious Are Ruptured Breast Implant Injuries?
- What Should You Do If You Experienced An Accident Or Injury Caused By Your Breast Implant?
- How To Start A Breast Implant Compensation Claim
- What Can I Include In My Breast Implant Claim?
- Breast Implant Compensation Claims Calculator
- No Win No Fee Breast Implant Claims
- Why You Should Make Your Breast Augmentation Compensation Claim With Us
- Contact Accident Claims UK Today
- Useful Links
A Guide To Breast Augmentation ClaimsThis guide to claiming compensation for a breast augmentation that has gone wrong is intended to provide people with reasons why some breast implants fail, and what the process is for claiming compensation from a cosmetic surgeon. It provides you with the information you need to understand the steps a lawyer would take to make a claim.
The guide also covers information such as the personal injury claims time limit. Although you won’t find a personal injury claims calculator on this page, you will find a table detailing typical injuries caused by a botched breast augmentation, and how much compensation they typically attract. This guide contains additional information such as:
- An answer to the questions, how does a breast implant go bad? and how does negligence contribute to this?
- Key statistics regarding breast augmentation in the UK
- Information on your ability to make a compensation for a PIP (Poly Implant Prothèse) that has become a health problem for you
- A list of the most common reason why people attempt to claim breast augmentation compensation
- Information on making a claim for a breast implant that has been ruptured, and the causes for such ruptures
- Information on making a claim for a breast implant that has deflated, and the causes for such deflations
- Information on making a claim for an infection you picked up due to an unhygienic breast augmentation procedure
- A discussion of how serious the side-effects of a ruptured breast implant are, and any long-term implications for your health
- The steps you can take to make sure that you have the best possible chance of winning a compensation claim for a botched breast augmentation or a faulty implant
- Details about the types of damages including general damages and special damages you might claim as part of your breast augmentation claim
- Tips on claiming compensation for PIP implants gone wrong
- A table which contains information about the typical amounts of compensation we have historically seen paid to people making a breast augmentation claim
- An introduction to the No Win No Fee claims service operated by Accident Claims UK, and why we believe this is the simplest, most effective method for making a claim
Once you have finished reading this guide, you have any unanswered questions, or you need additional information, then please call us at the number at the bottom of this page so that we can assist you and answer any questions you may still have.
What Is Negligent Breast Implant And Augmentation Treatment?
Whenever a medical practitioner, including plastic or cosmetic surgeons, make a mistake or fails to perform their duty in not causing harm to a patient, this could be classed as negligence.
Every medical professional has a duty of care towards a patient. Failing in that duty of care, by causing avoidable harm to a patient, could be a valid reason to claim medical negligence compensation.
Call Accident Claims UK on the number at the bottom of the page to discuss breast implant negligence claims or to make a clinical negligence case against a cosmetic surgeon for a botched breast augmentation.
PIP Breast Implant Statistics
As can be seen from the graph above, breast augmentation is by far the most popular cosmetic procure performed in the UK each year. These days, breast augmentations techniques, and the implants used, are much better than they were ten years ago. Many of the claims we see for a botched breast augmentation, revolve around the use of older Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP) implants.
In 2010, these implants were banned, as it was found that they contained a number of dangerous chemicals. There had also been many cases of low-quality copies of these French made breast implants, being sold on the black market and finding their way into UK cosmetic surgery clinics.
In the UK, it is estimated that 1% of all ruptured implants leading to a botched boob surgery claim, are caused by using these lower grade PIP implant copies. To date, over 40,000 women have had their breasts augmented using PIP implants. It is likely that as time passes, more and more of them will need to seek the help of a personal injury solicitor to make a breast augmentation claim.
How much could I claim in PIP compensation amounts?
Can I Make A PIP Implants Compensation Claim?
As already stated, many breast augmentation claims are based on the fact that the victim has had PIP implants inserted. These implants were banned from general use in 2010. However, simply having PIP implants is generally not a valid reason to make breast surgery claims. PIP implants can be perfectly fine in most cases. They only become a problem when they cause side-effects and PIP implants symptoms such as:
- Lumps on the breast, or hard parts of the breast that seem to have lost elasticity
- Swelling of the breast – typically the swelling will be on the underside of the breast
- Change of shape of the breast – visible changes to the breast shape, such as one breast sitting lower than the other
- Pain and tenderness of the breast – in varying levels, from mild discomfort to serious
- Lymph nodes enlarged – in the armpits, similar to the way they enlarge when you have a viral infection
What Are The Most Common Reasons To Seek Breast Implant Compensation
There are a wide range of reasons why a person might need to engage a personal injury lawyer to make breast surgery compensation claims. However, some reasons are far more common than others, and these are:
- Scarring of the breast – usually on the underside where the implant was inserted
- A leaking implant – caused by trauma or simply a fault in the implant
- A swollen breast – causing the breast to look deformed
- A deflated implant – when an implant leaks its contents and goes flat
- Long-term pain and suffering – either caused by the implant, or a mistake in the cosmetic procedure
- Infection of the breast – either where the incision was made to insert the implant or inside the breast caused by a non-sterile implant being inserted
- Impaired ability to breastfeed – either reduced milk production or total inability to produce milk
- Abnormal shaped breasts – such as one breast dropping, or one sitting higher than the other
- A ruptured implant – when the implant bursts, usually due to some force such as a car crash
Can You Claim Compensation For A Ruptured Implant?
Many breast implant compensation claims are made each year in the UK due to a ruptured implant. All breast implants are designed to maintain their shape and form through years of normal use. If one fails and ruptures, then this could be a valid cause to make breast implant claims against either the clinic that carried out the breast augmentation or the company that manufactured the breast implant.
Can You Claim Compensation For A Deflated Implant?
A deflated implant could be a valid reason to make breast augmentation compensation claims. These claims can take the form of plastic surgery negligence claims against the clinic that performed your breast augmentation, or they can be claims against the manufacturer of the faulty implant. Every implant is expected to last many years, and if one deflates due to a fault, then compensation could be possible.
Can I Claim Compensation For An Infection After A Breast Augmentation?
One of the most common reasons to make cosmetic surgery compensation claims is due to an infection in the breast after the breast augmentation procedure has been carried out. If it can be proven that the clinic that carried out the procedure, failed to take all necessary actions required to maintain a hygienic environment, or it can be proven that a mistake during the breast augmentation process left the patient at risk of infection, then a reason to make cosmetic negligence claims may well exist.
How Serious Are Ruptured Breast Implant Injuries?
Ruptured breast implants are a common reason why people claim breast augmentation compensation. They can also be a significant health hazard, depending on the type of breast implant you have.
- Saline filled implants – will generally leak very quickly, causing the breast to become misshapen. The saline solution inside the implant is harmless to the human body. However, in older implants there can be some yeast, mould or bacteria that escapes into the blood stream, potentially causing illness
- Silicon-filled implants – will generally leak much more slowly and might not cause the shape of the breast to change quickly enough to make it instantly noticeable. When silicon leaks from the implant, it can get into the bloodstream, in toxic levels
What Should You Do If You Experienced An Accident Or Injury Caused By Your Breast Implant?
In order to give you the best chance of success when making breast implant claims, there are certain things you to can do to prepare before making your claim, and these include:
- Make sure you have seen a medical professional to have your medical condition diagnosed. Do not use the doctor at the cosmetic surgery where you had the breast augmentation done. Visit your GP or the hospital instead
- Document any financial losses you have incurred, this includes out of pocket expenses such as travel costs and medical fees. It also includes any loss of earnings caused by missing work due to your illness
- Contact Accident Claims UK on the number at the bottom of this page, so that we can check the details of your claim and advise you on whether we believe you have a chance of successfully winning a compensation claim
How To Start A Breast Implant Compensation Claim
Beginning a claim for a botched breast augmentation is very straightforward. All you need to do is call Accident Claims UK on the bottom of this page, and we will walk you through the process. We will begin by asking you questions such as:
- When was your breast augmentation carried out?
- Which clinic carried out the surgical procedure?
- What type of breast implants do you have? Do you know the manufacturer?
- How long have you had a problem with your breast implants?
- Has your medical condition caused you any financial losses?
Once we have asked these questions and others similar to them, we will have a better picture of your claim, and will then be able to give you some free legal advice on what we think it is that you ought to do next.
What Can I Include In My Breast Implant Claim?
If you need to make a claim for some form of breast augmentation compensation, such as breast implant rupture compensation, then there are a number of different types of damages you might be able to claim. These include:
- General damages
- For the physical pain of the injury or illness
- For the mental trauma and suffering caused by the injury or illness
- Loss of amenity caused by the injury or illness
- For any long-term or permanent physical effects of the injury or illness.
- Special damages
- For travel costs
- For medical fees
- For the loss of earnings
- For the loss of future earnings
- To reimburse you for any other financial loss.
Breast Implant Compensation Claims Compensation
It is very difficult to give an accurate indication of how much you might receive for example in PIP implants compensation amounts. Every claim is different. The table below gives some rough figures for different potential injuries:
|Injury or Loss||Notes||Typical Compensation|
|Loss of potential income||Taking your current pay scale into account, provision will be made to compensate you for future losses of income due to your injury.||£10,000 - £400,000|
|Loss of state provided funds||Taking your current benefits into account, provision will be made to compensate you for future losses of income due to your injury.||£5,000 - £500,000|
|Physical pain and mental suffering||The amount of compensation paid depends on the level of physical pain and mental suffering.||£1,000 - £200,000|
|Scarring (severe)||Scarring of this severity will be visible at a distance, the compensation paid depends on how bad the scarring is.||£7,350 £21,330|
|Scarring (minor)||Scarring of this severity will be visible at face to face distance, the compensation paid depends on how bad the scarring is.||£2,200 - £7,350|
|Mental damage (severe)||This covers serious mental health issues, such as long-term post-traumatic stress disorder, which lowers the life quality of the victim.||£51,460 - £108,620|
|Mental damage (moderately severe)||This covers serious mental health issues, such as long-term depression, which lowers the life quality of the victim.||£17,900 - £51,460|
|Mental damage (moderate)||This covers serious mental health issues, such as anxiety, which lowers the life quality of the victim.||£5,500 - £17,900|
|Mental damage (less severe)||This covers serious mental health issues, such as panic attacks, which lowers the life quality of the victim.||£1,440 - £5,500|
No Win No Fee Breast Implant Claims
Accident Claims UK offers residents of the UK our No Win No Fee claims service, as the best way to make a breast augmentation compensation claim. A No Win No Fee personal injury claim costs nothing to start, and no matter how long it takes to reach a settlement, we won’t charge you any ongoing legal fees.
If for some reason we fail to successfully claim compensation on your behalf, then you walk away without paying us anything at all. The only time we will request that you pay our success fees, is when you actually receive a compensation payment and the amount would be deducted from the amount you receive.
Why You Should Make Your Breast Augmentation Compensation Claim With Us
Accident Claims UK has over 30-years of experience in successfully claiming compensation across a wide range of claims cases, on behalf of our clients. We have the expertise and knowledge to give you accurate legal advice, such as current PIP compensation amounts that should be claimable.
We always aim to get you the maximum amount of compensation we can yet will never do anything that might put your eligibility to make a claim at risk. We use simple English to keep you updated about what we are doing for you, and are always on hand to answer any questions you might have about breast implant negligence claims or the process of making them.
Contact Accident Claims UK Today To Talk About PIP Compensation Amounts
Are you ready to make a claim for breast augmentation compensation? If so, call Accident Claims UK on 0800 073 8801 now. We will spend a few minutes asking questions about your claim, and once we have enough information we will give you some free legal advice on what to do next. We could give you insight into PIP compensation amounts, as well as helping you claim for breast implants gone wrong in other ways.
Breast Implant Negligence Claims & PIP Compensation Amounts FAQs
Can I sue for a ruptured breast implant?
Products used in breast augmentation should not rupture. If they do, and you suffer pain or emotional injuries, you could be entitled to seek damages.
Can I make a PIP implant compensation claim?
PIP, a breast implant manufacturer, has ceased trading. Therefore, it would not be possible to begin legal proceedings against them. However, you could still claim if another medical professional used their products and committed medical negligence that caused you to suffer.
What are the symptoms of breast implant illness?
Symptoms of problematic breast implants vary but they can include fatigue, muscle or joint pain, skin problems, rashes, concentration problems dry mouth and eyes and anxiety.
How are PIP compensation amounts calculated?
PIP compensation amounts are calculated by taking into account the claimant’s pain and suffering. They could also take into account the loss of enjoyment of the claimant’s life, due to having breast implants go wrong.
It is also worth considering that in addition to these general damages, claimants could receive compensation for losses and costs incurred because of the negligence and injury they have suffered.
Can a breast implant be placed wrong?
It could be possible for a breast implant to be placed wrongly. For example, it may be possible for a breast implant to be put in too high, or too low. It is essential that surgeons take care when placing breast implants, to avoid breasts looking asymmetrical.
If you have evidence that you have suffered negligence in this regard, please contact our team. We would be glad to assist you in assessing your case. If it’s found that you could have a favourable chance of receiving compensation, we would be happy to provide you with a solicitor to help you.
What if I suffer NHS negligence when having breast implants corrected?
Cosmetic surgery is not something the NHS routinely offers but in some cases for certain health reasons such as psychological issues. For instance, if you have severely uneven breasts and it’s impacting your mental health or you have breathing difficulties and need surgery on your nose.
In some cases, a medical professional may fail to provide the correct standard of care resulting in you suffering from surgical negligence in an NHS facility. If this happens, call our team to see if you could claim compensation for the undue pain and suffering caused to you by the negligent corrective surgery.
Below, you can see how much clinical negligence cost the NHS in 2020-21.
Can you provide tips on claiming compensation for PIP implants gone wrong?
Some general tips on claiming compensation for PIP implants could include:
- Keeping documentation relating to the implant procedure, such as letters from the hospital, discharge reports, etc
- Gathering witness contact details and taking photographs to show what has gone wrong
- Writing your own report about what happened
- Seeking medical attention
- Getting free legal advice from our team
For more specific tips on claiming compensation for PIP implants gone wrong call our team. We could speak to you in detail about your claim for faulty breast implants, and advise you on what evidence you might need.
How would compensation for breast implants gone wrong be calculated?
When it comes to calculating compensation for breast implants gone wrong, the following could be taken into account:
- Your level of suffering and pain
- Loss of amenity (loss of enjoyment of life)
- Ability to work
- Costs incurred due to the harm you suffered as a result of negligence
- Future potential issues e.g. future surgery
- Psychological impact
If you would like to talk to us about claiming compensation for faulty breast implants, we’d be happy to assist you.
How long would I have to claim for faulty breast implants?
If you want to claim compensation for breast implants gone wrong, you would usually have a limitation period of 3 years to start your claim. The three year period would run from the date of the incident, or the date you became aware that you’d suffered negligence that had caused you harm.
For more information on the time limits to claiming and whether any exceptions may apply to your case, call our team.
Useful Links Relating To PIP Compensation Amounts
At the link below, you will find the annual audit of the British Association Of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons published, which includes information on negligence:
At the link below, you will find statistics about the number of breast augmentations performed in the UK over the last decade:
At the link below, you will find NHS advice on choosing the right surgeon for your breast augmentation:
Thanks for reading our article on making breast implant negligence claims. Hopefully you now know more about PIP compensation amounts as well as understanding how to claim for breast implants gone wrong.