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Woman Receives £60,000 Damages After Negligent Cleavage Sparing Mastectomy

21 December 2015

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A woman has received £60,000 after she underwent a negligent surgical technique adopted by Dr Ian Paterson who negligently treated several hundred women between 1993 up until his suspension by the General Medical Council in 2012.


Slater and Gordon Solicitor: Nisha Sharma is a clinical negligence solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in London.

Settlement Value: £60,000

What Happened: The surgical technique involved performing a cleavage sparing mastectomy (CSM) and breast reconstruction on the client whilst leaving behind residual breast tissue. Based upon current clinical knowledge, this is regarded as an unsafe practice. 

Impact: Subsequently, the client’s breast reconstruction failed due to fat necrosis. The client had to undergo fat injections to the chest wall to try and release the scar tissue from the underlying rib. 

During a review appointment, the client was made aware by a breast surgeon that a cleavage sparing mastectomy was wholly inappropriate, especially for someone with an extensive family history of cancer.

It was claimed that the CSM caused the reconstruction to fail. The client also developed severe psychiatric injury as a result.

How Slater and Gordon Helped: In depth research was conducted to ensure the claim ran smoothly. Experts and Counsel of the requisite experience were instructed. 

Alternative Dispute Resolution was initially contemplated but the claim was eventually issued and relevant medical expertise was required to ensure that the outcome worked in favour of the client.

Decision: The client was very pleased with the settlement achieved. 

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