Breast augmentation is a type of cosmetic surgery which involves having implants inserted underneath the breasts. Many women choose to undergo breast augmentation to enlarge their breasts, restore volume after weight reduction or breast feeding, even the appearance of asymmetrical breasts or to reconstruct a breast after a mastectomy or injury.
Breast augmentation is the one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgeries in Australia. According to the Australian Breast Device Registry it is estimated that some 20,000 women undergo breast augmentation every year.
The lawyers at The Office of Conrad Curry have acted for many women who have suffered injury and disfigurement as a result of negligently performed breast augmentation surgery. Some of the injuries our clients have suffered include the following:
- Breasts dropping
- ‘Double bubble’ deformity
- Extensive scarring
- Asymmetrical breasts
- Ongoing pain and discomfort
These injuries are often the result of mistakes made by the surgeon including:
- Failing to provide proper advice about the risks of surgery
- Using implants that are too big
- Positioning the implants incorrectly
- Damaging the muscles intraoperatively
- Failing to provide proper post-operative care
We have obtained expert opinion in many of our clients’ cases to the effect that the injuries suffered could have been avoided had their surgery been performed with due care and skill.
We have obtained compensation for our clients, including:
- the costs of therapeutic and restorative treatment (including the cost of hospital admissions, surgeons and anaesthetists), as well as the cost of medication and counselling.
- the costs of our clients’ past treatment arising as the result of the negligent treatment and care
- loss of income or income earning capacity where our clients have missed work as the result of their injuries (both physical and psychological), for time off for further surgery and recovery;
- pain and suffering caused by the negligently performed procedure and the devastating outcomes; and
- the commercial and gratuitous costs of assistance with domestic and personal care.
Many women who are victims of cosmetic negligence by treating surgeons suffer depression, embarrassment, anxiety, loss of sense of self, breakdown of relationships, reduced participation in previously enjoyed activities, tearfulness and mistrust of the medical profession.
We understand that injuries arising from failed cosmetic surgery can be absolutely devastating on the victims, because the very surgery which they hoped and expected would improve their appearance has left them often worse off.
We have female solicitors who are entirely sympathetic to your thoughts and needs throughout the process of a claim. If you would like to make an appointment, we would be pleased to meet with you in a free consultation to discuss your options.