Cosmetic Surgery Compensation Claims
Electing to undergo cosmetic surgery is a big decision. If it goes wrong as a result of malpractice or negligence it can have serious physical, psychological and financial consequences. These can include scarring, disfigurement, emotional trauma, reduced quality of life and loss of income.
At Freeclaim Solicitors we have an expert team of specialist private cosmetic surgery compensation solicitors who have the complex legal knowledge required to assist you with your private cosmetic surgery claim. So whether you’ve suffered because of poor pre-surgery advice, an incorrectly carried out procedure, or negligent aftercare, we can help you to claim the compensation you deserve.
For a free and confidential consultation to discuss a claim regarding private cosmetic surgery, call us today on 0800 612 7340 or contact our cosmetic surgery compensation solicitors online.
Cosmetic surgery – duty of care
All medical practitioners, including those carrying out private cosmetic surgery and procedures have a duty of care to their patients. This means that they should take all reasonable precautions to ensure your safety under their care, including carrying out procedures safely and correctly.
They are obliged to discuss potential risks and side effects with you before going ahead with the procedure, as well as informing you of any alternatives and their respective pros and cons. They should also give you adequate time to look at the options and weigh up the risks before you agree to anything. This ‘cooling off period’ is an essential part of the duty of care.
You are also entitled to proper aftercare and medical staff should notice if an infection is developing or any other issues promptly during this period. While a complication such as infection is not uncommon and is not always the result of negligence, a failure to notice one is and can have severe consequences.
If the medical team responsible for your procedure have not carried out this duty of care – whether it be before, during or after surgery – and you have suffered as a result, then you may be eligible to make a compensation claim against them.
Making a claim for cosmetic surgery compensation
If you have a claim for private cosmetic surgery compensation, your solicitor will assess the amount you should be entitled to receive based on factors such as:
- Physical injuries
- Psychological trauma
- Loss of earnings
- The cost of any corrective surgery or procedures
- The cost of care
- Travel expenses
- The value of care received from family or friends
- Reduction in quality of life
It is important to note that the Court will not impose a ‘counsel of perfection’; meaning compensation cannot be awarded simply because the patient is unhappy with the overall aesthetic results of their surgery. Claimants are expected to have reasonable, realistic expectations about the outcome of the surgery or procedure.
To be eligible for a private cosmetic surgery compensation claim, the issues must arise due to negligence.
Common types of cosmetic surgery compensation claims
There are many different kinds of cosmetic surgery procedure that can result in a compensation claim both in the UK and abroad. Cosmetic surgery compensation claims can be a result of problems arising from:
- Breast enlargements or reductions
- Rhinoplasty (nose operations)
- Private cosmetic dentistry
- Private gastric band surgery
- Abdominoplasty (tummy tucks)
- Bottom reshaping
- Brow lifts and eyelifts
- Serious complications after fillers, laser treatments, Botox and other cosmetic injections
- Failure to obtain informed consent
- Failure of the clinic to notice serious post-operation infections
Every year there are too many victims of botched cosmetic surgery, by clinics who cut corners on medical and nursing staff, inadequate training and poor aftercare.
There are also a growing number of cosmetic surgery claims after injections, fillers and laser treatments. As these are non-surgical, the industry is as yet unregulated. The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) has warned that unregulated fillers could be the next ticking time bomb after PIP breast implants.
Under current regulation, non-surgical procedures can be performed by anyone, irrelevant of their level of medical training. For example, it is possible for anyone at all to set up practice providing dermal fillers. There is simply no requirement for training, knowledge or experience. Complications can include burning, scarring, infection and even blindness. Non-surgical procedures can attract complications as serious and life changing as surgical procedures and yet they remain virtually unregulated.
How Freeclaim Solicitors can help you
At Freeclaim Solicitors, we have a track record of success in handling private cosmetic surgery compensation claims. Once you have made your free, no-obligation enquiry, our team of specialist solicitors will advise you on making a claim and support you through the entire process.
Private cosmetic surgery claims will compensate you for your pain and suffering and any financial losses, including the cost of private corrective surgery if required. They also serve to highlight badly run clinics and salons which may also help to prevent other patients being harmed in the future.
Make a free, no obligation enquiry by calling us today on 0800 612 7340 or fill in our cosmetic surgery claims enquiry form and one of our specialist injury lawyers will call you back.