Case study of a PIP breast implant cosmetic surgery negligence claim

The Claimant underwent a breast augmentation with the Harley Medical Group in 2006. PIP implants were fitted by the surgeon but unfortunately these ruptured. She returned to the Harley Medical Group who agreed to remove the implants. However they refused to replace them without charge.

The Claimant’s replacement surgery was arranged through Transform. Following surgery the Claimant was aware that there was asymmetry in the size of her breasts. She raised this issue with the Defendant who sought to blame her for asking for the same size implants. He offered to exchange the implants, but said she would have to pay the medical fees involved.

The Claimant did not want to live with asymmetric breasts. There were also physiological issues affecting her. There was visible rippling on the right breast near the cleavage. She was also suffering permanent pain in her right breast and encountering difficulty breathing, making it painful for her to inhale and exhale. Accordingly she arranged for the implants to be removed by a different surgeon.

Having had the implants removed the Claimant consulted Slee Blackwell Solicitors about the possibility of seeking compensation. We provided a free case assessment and agreed to pursue a cosmetic surgery negligence claim on a No Win – No Fee basis.

We arranged to obtain expert evidence from an independent cosmetic surgeon. The surgeon’s medical report was supportive of the Claimant’s case. When this evidence was disclosed to the defendant's insurers it persuaded them to enter into settlement negotiations.

Following a series of without prejudice discussions an out of court settlement was reached which provided the Claimant with a compensation package covering the ‘pain and suffering’ she had endured along with her financial expenses.

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