Breast Surgery Revisited: Liability Risks of the Resurgery Epidemic

Introduction

Breast Resurgery Liability Risks
The high rate of resurgery, following breast reconstruction after cancer treatment or other types of breast surgery, has been described as “epidemic.”

Resurgery related to complications and errors after breast surgery can cause physical and emotional injuries to patients. Not surprisingly, these injuries can lead to litigation. High awards and settlements can result.

In addition to claims for medical malpractice, negligence, and lack of informed consent, injuries related to breast reconstruction surgery or resurgery may result in other legal claims such as infliction of emotional distress, claims under contract law, and product liability.

Attorneys, physicians, insurers, employers, and other potential parties to litigation should be aware of the types of lawsuits and other liability issues that may arise in connection with injuries related to breast reconstruction surgery and resurgery.