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Cosmetic Surgery Claims and Negligence Compensation

Negligent cosmetic surgery can have a big physical or psychological impact on your life.

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I am very happy and satisfied with the settlement you achieved for me and the service was excellent and thank you very much

Mrs E.Swaffield
Loughborough

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Negligent cosmetic surgery can lead to devastating consequences.
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Cosmetic surgery compensation

Over the last few decades, our expectations of our personal appearance have changed. The prevalence of a celebrity culture and recent developments in cosmetic surgery have persuaded many people to have cosmetic surgery, either to retain their looks as they age or to correct what they see as defects in their appearance.

However the sad fact is that many people have cosmetic surgery but are unhappy with the outcome. A significant amount of this cosmetic work is carried out in private clinics rather than through the NHS.

Before carrying out any cosmetic surgery, patients must be counselled properly to ensure they understand what can be achieved by the cosmetic procedure they wish to have, so their expectations are properly managed. The procedure itself should be performed to a satisfactory standard and the outcome achieved must be within the range of what was expected. Counselling the patient and helping them understand what the procedure can do for them are just as important as performing the procedure properly.

If the outcome of your cosmetic surgery was not what you expected and you want answers, you must speak to a specialist clinical negligence lawyer. Our expert clinical negligence team has helped clients to obtain legal redress and compensation for the suffering caused by their negligent cosmetic surgery.

The time limit on making a cosmetic surgery claim

Cosmetic surgery compensation claims are subject to the same time limit as all medical claims. You have three years to hold those responsible to account if you’ve experienced a form of medical negligence.

The ‘date of knowledge’ referring to the point when you first realised that mistakes had been made with your care, is the starting point for the time limit. If you’re unsure exactly how long you have to take your claim forward, we’re on hand to help. We’ll use our experience of representing those making medical claims to pinpoint your ‘date of knowledge’.

Despite having a maximum limit of three years, we recommend that our clients start the compensation process as soon as possible. We’ll use your witness statement, along with other documentation, to support your case. It’s often easier to recall details of your experience the sooner you write them down, providing a stronger foundation to build your case on.

If you do not claim within the set time period, your claim will be considered ‘statute barred’ or ‘out of time’ and will unfortunately not be taken further. There are two exceptions to this rule, in the case of children and if the negligence directly led to a fatality. In these cases suing the NHS for negligence is still possible as the date on which time begins to run is the date of the child’s 18th birthday, and in the case of fatalities, from the date of death.

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Our medical negligence team has years of experience working on a wide variety of cosmetic surgery cases so we understand just how difficult a decision it can be to start legal proceedings.

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That’s why we are committed to guiding you through every step of the process. We ensure that your claim is handled carefully and professionally by our specialist solicitors, while working alongside medical experts, to guarantee the best results for you.

Our cosmetic surgery team is headed by Laura Morgan who has a wealth of experience in leading complicated, high value cosmetic surgery cases.

Laura is recognised within the legal profession as a leader in the field of medical negligence and serious injury compensation. Laura has acted in a wide range of cases over her 17 years of practice and has particular expertise in acting for children who have suffered brain injury due to mismanaged birth or surgical errors, and in managing claims that have resulted in the death of a loved one. Laura has achieved a number of large settlements including £5.4 million for a 7 year old and £4 million for an 11 year old child.

Laura’s expertise and dedication to her clients is recognised in the Chambers guide to the Legal Profession in which she was praised for the efficiency of her approach to case handling and described as “tenacious and detail-oriented”.

Laura has been a member of the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel since 2005 and accredited as a Senior Litigator in the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) since 2006. Laura is also a member of the specialist lawyers panel for Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA), the UK’s leading charity committed to patient safety and justice.

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Your questions... answered

Which procedures lead to the most common types of cosmetic injury claims?

• Breast enlargement - defective breast implants
• Breast uplift (mastopexy)
• Breast reduction (mammoplasty)

Around a third of all breast surgery will require a further procedure within ten years of the initial operation to rectify complications with scar tissue, sagging or a ruptured implant.
Additional symptoms pointing to a negligent procedure include infection, numbness, loss of nipple sensitivity, discomfort, loss of alignment, creasing, and fluid build-up around the implant.

 

• Facial surgery - nose reshaping ( rhinoplasty) and facelifts (rhytidectomy)

Following surgery, a common problem is bleeding and bruising. Other temporary issues could include infection, loss of muscle function or sensation, scarring, and tissue death, but if these persist, they may indicate negligence in the procedure.

• Bariatric surgery (fitting of gastric band, gastric bypass or gastric sleeve)
• Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)

Bruising, pain and swelling will naturally occur after intensive surgery and scarring will often take a few months to properly heal. Complications which can arise include infections, bleeding under the skin, blood clots in the lung, perforation of the bowel, fluid around the wound, and numbness.

• Botox treatment

Treatment administered by a non-registered and unlicensed practitioner can result in a number of post-procedure complications including, bleeding, muscle weakness, eyelid droop, speech and breathing difficulties, infection, or an allergic reaction.

• Laser skin resurfacing (including treatment of fine lines and wrinkles, Removal of warts sun spots and age spots)

As a surgical tool, lasers are used to treat both the top layers of damaged skin and deeper within the skin tissue without damaging the outer layers. However, incorrect use can cause serious injury.

• Other complications - damage to nerves, arteries and organs.

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Can negligence occur after cosmetic surgery?

Contracting an infection is not necessarily a sign of negligence. During the recovery from cosmetic surgery, however, common errors can include failing to notice that a patient is developing an infection and improper aftercare, which can also lead to disfigurement.

Was your cosmetic surgeon a registered specialist?

Any doctor who carries out cosmetic surgery is required to be registered with the General Medical Council and should also have undertaken special training.

However, the rules do not apply to doctors who registered with the Council before 2002.

• Breast enlargement - defective breast implants
• Breast uplift (mastopexy)
• Breast reduction (mammoplasty)

Around a third of all breast surgery will require a further procedure within ten years of the initial operation to rectify complications with scar tissue, sagging or a ruptured implant.
Additional symptoms pointing to a negligent procedure include infection, numbness, loss of nipple sensitivity, discomfort, loss of alignment, creasing, and fluid build-up around the implant.

 

• Facial surgery - nose reshaping ( rhinoplasty) and facelifts (rhytidectomy)

Following surgery, a common problem is bleeding and bruising. Other temporary issues could include infection, loss of muscle function or sensation, scarring, and tissue death, but if these persist, they may indicate negligence in the procedure.

• Bariatric surgery (fitting of gastric band, gastric bypass or gastric sleeve)
• Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)

Bruising, pain and swelling will naturally occur after intensive surgery and scarring will often take a few months to properly heal. Complications which can arise include infections, bleeding under the skin, blood clots in the lung, perforation of the bowel, fluid around the wound, and numbness.

• Botox treatment

Treatment administered by a non-registered and unlicensed practitioner can result in a number of post-procedure complications including, bleeding, muscle weakness, eyelid droop, speech and breathing difficulties, infection, or an allergic reaction.

• Laser skin resurfacing (including treatment of fine lines and wrinkles, Removal of warts sun spots and age spots)

As a surgical tool, lasers are used to treat both the top layers of damaged skin and deeper within the skin tissue without damaging the outer layers. However, incorrect use can cause serious injury.

• Other complications - damage to nerves, arteries and organs.

Read less

Contracting an infection is not necessarily a sign of negligence. During the recovery from cosmetic surgery, however, common errors can include failing to notice that a patient is developing an infection and improper aftercare, which can also lead to disfigurement.

Any doctor who carries out cosmetic surgery is required to be registered with the General Medical Council and should also have undertaken special training.

However, the rules do not apply to doctors who registered with the Council before 2002.

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