Breast surgery negligence claims

Surgeons and healthcare professionals have a duty of care when providing cosmetic surgery, to ensure your safety – if complications do arise you have the right to seek justice and compensation.

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An estimated 50,000 women were affected by the PIP implants scandal, where French company Poly Implant Prostheses used non-medical grade silicone gel in its breast implants. The silicone was found to be prone to rupture, requiring surgery to have them removed.

Those particular implants were banned back in 2010, and most breast enlargements and reductions are carried out successfully these days.

Why should I claim compensation for breast implants gone wrong?

As well as being very upsetting and frightening, you will have to face the prospect of treatment and possible corrective surgery. This is something that can cost in terms of time and money.

If your experience is due to medical negligence, claiming a compensation settlement can help ease any financial pressures, such as medical costs, travel for treatment, loss of earnings and any medication you’re required to take. Allowing you to concentrate on recovery.

How can First4Lawyers help?

We are here to take the pressure off you, and make a claim on your behalf. Our friendly and fully trained advisers have many years' experience in medical negligence claims. They can identify whether you have a claim and go through your options with you. More about making a claim

Our specialist solicitors offer a No Win No Fee service (not applicable in Scotland or Northern Ireland for medical negligence), so you don't have to pay for anything in advance – and if the claim is not successful, you don't pay any legal fees.

How much compensation can I claim if my breast enlargement has gone wrong?

The amount of compensation depends on your individual case. Settlements will consider:

  •  Pain and suffering you’ve been through; physical as well as emotional. This is known as general damages.
  • Whether you have had to take time off work, resulting in loss of earnings.
  • Medical costs and ongoing treatment or corrective surgery
  • Travel to medical appointments

Our compensation calculator gives an indication to the general guidelines of the Judicial College.

How the claim process works


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You can contact us 24/7 online or by phone, or use our callback form to request a callback at a time convenient to you


Discuss your situation

One of our friendly, legally trained advisors will get in touch with you. They will assess whether you have a claim and match you with the right solicitor for the case


Manage your claim

Our specialist No Win No Fee solicitors will then manage the entire claim from start to finish, helping you get the justice and compensation you deserve

Is there a time limit for making a breast surgery medical negligence claim?

Generally, a claim must be brought within three years of the injury, or diagnosis of the cause of the injury. Our specialist advisers can explain the process to you in more detail, with no legal jargon or pressure. The first consultation is free and you are not obliged to proceed with anything.

I think I have a claim, what do I do next?

Contact us using our online form, give us a call or request a callback at the top of the screen. We'll give you a call at a time convenient to you, to ask you about your case and go through your options, as well as our No Win No Fee option.

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Frequently asked questions

Am I entitled to make a medical negligence claim?

Yes, if you have been let down by a healthcare professional, or have suffered as a result of substandard care, then you could make a claim for medical negligence and be compensated for the poor level of care you have received.

What’s more, by making a claim, you’re bringing those responsible to justice, and could prevent someone else from receiving similarly poor care in the future.

Medical negligence can be defined as:

  • Poor care received in a hospital
  • Misdiagnosis of an illness or injury
  • Substandard operations
  • Being given the wrong prescription medicine

However it happens, medical negligence can be serious and in some cases, even traumatic.

If you’ve received substandard medical care and are unsure if you have a case to make a claim, you can speak to one of our legal experts, who will advise you on whether or not you’re eligible to make a claim for compensation.

Can I claim against a private healthcare company?

Yes, you can make a medical negligence claim against a private healthcare company.

Each of the hospitals or providers will have a private insurance company to cover claims like this.

See our guide on 'how to complain to a private healthcare company'.

How long does a medical negligence claim take?

Every case is unique so there is no set time limit for the case to be settled.

As an average guideline, standard cases can take between 12 and 18 months to be settled, but this is by no means a definitive timeline.

Do I get a choice of solicitors?

We have an extensive panel of solicitors who are pre-screened and are experts in working on cases just like yours.

We always match your case with the solicitors who have the most experience in the relevant field.

All of our solicitors must adhere to our strict standards of service and we only work with solicitors who have the best knowledge and expertise to work on cases like yours, which is why we’re confident that if you work with one of our solicitors, you’ll be in the very best hands.

You don’t have to choose a solicitor from our service. You’re free to find a different solicitor to work with, but if you do choose one of the solicitors from our panel, then we can refer your case straight away.

See also our guide on how to choose an injury or accident lawyer 

Can I make a claim online?

Yes, you can either start your claim online, or by calling us using the number at the top of the screen.

If you want to start your claim now, simply enter a few details into our online claim form, and one of our legal advisors will call you back to discuss your claim in more detail.

When completing the form, you’ll need to describe the type of accident you’ve been involved in, for example: road traffic accident, slip, trip or fall, medical negligence etc. (you can select the appropriate option from a drop down menu).

You should also write a brief description of your accident, including details on what happened and when, if you were injured in the accident and what your injuries were. This helps us to understand the nature of your accident, so that one of our experts will be able to advise you on your next steps.

We’ll also need a few contact details, including your full name, telephone number as well as an alternative telephone number (in case we’re unable to reach you). You can also include your email address, if you’d prefer us to email you with further details.

Let us know what time it’s best for us to call you back - we understand that it’s not always convenient for you to talk, so we'll call at that pre-arranged time, when you'll be expecting us.

Making a claim online will help to save you time and will ensure that you receive a phone call back from us as soon as possible. During the call, we will ask you a few questions about your accident and advise you if you’re eligible to make a claim, and if so, what you can do next.

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Can I call you for free advice?

Yes, our team of friendly experts are more than happy to help, and will answer any questions you have regarding a claim, even if you’re unsure whether you’re eligible.

Contact us for a free and confidential discussion.

Can I be compensated for losses as well as my injury?

Yes, you may be entitled to compensation for losses other than your personal injury.

A personal injury claim is split into two parts: general damages and special damages.

  • General damages are paid for the pain and suffering and emotional distress from your physical injury.
  • Special damages relate to damaged belongings or financial losses resulting from the injury.


Will I have to attend a medical?

Yes, you’ll need to have a medical examination to make a personal injury claim.

It's to provide proof that your injury was caused by the accident and to allow your solicitors to value your claim.

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