Breast Implant Leak From an Accident

Can a Breast Implant Leak From An Accident?

Yes. Any accident that causes substantial force against a breast implant can cause the implant to leak or rupture. The most common type of accident which can cause a breast implant leak is a car accident.

Can a Breast Implant Leak From a Car Accident?

Yes, the impact of a seatbelt against the breast during a car accident can rupture a breast implant causing it to leak.

Either the driver, front-seat passenger, or rear seat passenger in a car accident can experience a breast implant rupture causing the breast implant to leak.

Will Insurance Cover a Ruptured Breast Implant or Breast Implant Leak?

Yes, if your breast implant was damaged because of an accident. Insurance will pay to replace both breast implants if one leaked or ruptured because of an accident.

There may be Med Pay insurance coverage from a premises insurance policy insuring the business that caused an accident resulting in a breast implant leak or rupture.

Health insurance will also pay to replace both breast implants if one leaked or ruptured because of an accident.

Breast Implant Leak or Rupture From a Car Accident

New York no-fault insurance will pay to replace your breast implants because of a leak or rupture from a car accident.

Do I have to pay a plastic surgeon to replace my leaking breast implant after a car accident? No, see below.

2 Problems With Breast Implant Leaks After a Car Accident

Your plastic surgeon will want you to pay thousands of dollars upfront to replace a breast implant that leaked or ruptured from a car accident.

Your plastic surgeon will probably replace only the one breast implant that leaked because of concern that no-fault insurance will only pay for the leaking breast implant.

Should You Replace Both Breast Implants When Only One Ruptured?

Yes. Breast implants are sold in matching sets and should be replaced with a matching set.

Even if only one breast implant was damaged in a car accident, you will need both breast implants replaced by a plastic surgeon.

  1. Although only one of the breast implants may develop a leak, both implants should be replaced because breast implants come in matched sets and if only one is replaced, it would look unnatural. You are entitled to be returned to the condition you were in before the accident.
  2. An additional problem is that if one breast implant was ruptured, the other implant could be compromised and begin leaking at a later date. Your doctor will have concerns about the integrity of the breast implant which is not yet leaking.

We will get New York no-fault insurance to pay your plastic surgeon upfront to replace both breast implants without you having to pay any money upfront if your injury is from a car accident in New York.

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Will I Be Reimbursed By Insurance If I Pay To Replace a Breast Implant That Leaked?

If your breast implant leaked because of a car accident and you pay out of pocket up-front, you will not be reimbursed from no-fault insurance for the entire amount and you may not even be reimbursed for the replacement of both breast implants. You will be out of pocket thousands of dollars.

See more information about getting no-fault to pay to replace your breast implants.

We represented many women previously represented by other lawyers who were unable to get their plastic surgeon to accept No-Fault. When they were asked to pay thousands of dollars upfront, they called us.

Don’t be pressured into paying money to your plastic surgeon. If you need a car accident lawyer in New York, we will arrange to get the plastic surgery to replace your breast implants paid by no-fault at no charge to you.

Let us file your No-Fault claim and No-Fault application. We will handle all of your No-Fault billing issues and represent you for your disability payments at no charge! We only charge a one-third fee of the money we collect for you for your pain and suffering. You must file a No-Fault application within 30 days of the date of your car accident and it can sometimes be difficult and take time to determine the correct No-Fault insurance company, so don’t wait. Call now for a free consultation.

Is a Breast Implant Rupture An Emergency?

No. At the time of an accident, you probably won’t know that your breast implant ruptured. When a saline implant ruptures, the saline (saltwater) is absorbed by the body and will not cause any harm. When a silicone implant ruptures, the thick gel leaks out more slowly than saline. Although not an emergency, a silicone implant should be promptly removed to spreading to other parts of the body.

How Long Does It Take For a Breast Implant Leak To Show?

A breast implant leak can occur slowly over a period of days. Usually only one of the breast implants is ruptured but both implants will need to be replaced.

Silicone implants take longer to look deflated. A breast with a saline implant may take a few days longer to look slightly deflated.

What Does a Breast Implant Rupture Look And Feel Like?

When your breast implant leaks, you may begin to notice that one of the breasts looks a little smaller, flatter, and deflated as compared to the other breast.

It will feel less full and less firm than the other breast.

If you have a car accident and notice that one of your breasts seems to be changing shape or appears to be flatter or deflating, you probably have a leaking implant. It may be more noticeable at the top as in the photo below.

The photo below shows a breast implant leak that occurred when her car was hit in the rear and the seat belt impacted her breast. Over a period of days, her breast slowly began deflating.

The photo shows a leak in the right breast (left side of photo). The left breast still has a full look and is larger while the right breast is much smaller both on the top and the lower part of the breast. The entire right breast now looks smaller, deflated, and flatter.breast implant leak from car accident

Our client went to a plastic surgeon and learned that her breast implant was leaking due to her car accident. The plastic surgeon wanted $8,000 upfront but she didn’t have the money. We arranged for the plastic surgeon to get paid upfront by No-Fault insurance so she could have the surgery.

Does a Breast Implant Rupture Hurt?

The impact and trauma causing the breast implant to rupture may hurt and cause pain but the rupture or leak itself is not painful.

What If I Had a Car Accident And My Chest Is Bruised?

If your chest has bruising after a car accident, it is possible that your breast implants may have been ruptured or displaced, especially If you have bruising where the seatbelt tightened around you or if your chest was hit by the steering wheel, dashboard, or airbag,

Make an appointment with the surgeon who performed your original breast implant surgery. We also suggest that you request imaging of your breasts with an MRI.

My Breast Implant Isn’t Leaking But Doesn’t Look Right, Can It Be Damaged?

Yes. A breast implant can become displaced. When a breast implant is displaced from its original position (prior to the car accident), one breast may be moved higher than the other, more to the left or right, or protrude outward at an unnatural angle.

Misdiagnosis of Breast Implant Rupture After a Car Accident

A doctor may prescribe steroids thinking that your breast has capsular contracture and recommended that you do breast massages only on your breast. While the diagnosis may be correct, after a car accident you should request your plastic surgeon to rule out a breast implant rupture before taking steroids.

Mr. Franckel has been a personal injury lawyer since 1989, Founding Partner of 1-800-HURT-911® New York, President of 1-800-HURT-911, Inc., and a former Member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. He has a 10 Avvo Rating, Avvo Client’s Choice Award with all 5-star reviews, and Avvo Top Contributor Award. See Mr. Franckel’s bio.

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