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Cosmetic Surgery Compensation Claims

There were almost 31,000 cosmetic surgery procedures undertaken in the UK in 2016 alone. The range of both surgical and non-surgical procedures is constantly evolving and changing, and the market for enhancement procedures is full of eye catching imagery and bold promises of the ‘perfect’ body, face, head of hair or set of teeth.

When cosmetic surgery goes wrong

It is easy to overlook the fact that any cosmetic procedure, including non-surgical (or ‘non-invasive’) treatments, have inherent risks associated with them. When cosmetic surgery goes wrong you can be left with significant physical scarring, whilst having to deal emotionally with the fact that your treatment may have left you feeling worse about your appearance than before the surgery.

Understandably, the effects of complications can be far-reaching and can affect your entire way of life. Notwithstanding the emotional and physical impact of negligent cosmetic treatment, corrective or remedial treatment can also be hugely expensive.

How can we help?

Any medical practitioner (whether private or NHS) owes their patients a duty of care. If they have failed to uphold this duty of care and your cosmetic surgery has gone wrong due to negligence, pursuing a clinical negligence claim can lead to obtaining the compensation you need to get your life back on track.

Just as there are countless cosmetic surgeons promising you the results you want, there are many different solicitors firms offering clinical negligence representation. It is extremely important that you have the right lawyer behind you when making a clinical negligence claim. This ensures that you have the best support and guidance through what can sometimes be a very daunting process.

When choosing a solicitor, you want to know that the team behind your claim have all the necessary knowledge to make things as clear and simple as possible for you. Our clinical negligence solicitors, for example, are specialists in cosmetic surgery claims with in-depth knowledge and experience of the field. We have years of experience winning cases for our cosmetic surgery clients, and understand the specific medical and legal intricacies of different cosmetic procedures.

Your lawyer will always be available to answer any questions and keep you fully informed on your claim, ensuring you recover the compensation you deserve.

Although not an exhaustive list, some of our specialisms include:

  • Breast augmentation
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Facelift
  • Cosmetic dentistry
  • Liposuction
  • Botox injections
  • Tummy tucks
  • Chemical peel
  • Laser eye surgery
  • Eye lift
  • Arm lift
  • Ear correction

And you can rest assured that you’re getting some of the best legal advice available: the team is ranked in the top tier by both leading Legal Directories (Legal 500 and Chambers) and several individual solicitors are ranked as Leaders in the field. We are also independently accredited by The Law Society, The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA), so you can be sure that your case will have the best chance at success.

If you feel that you have undergone negligent cosmetic surgery (including ‘non-invasive’ procedures) please contact us and we will be able to discuss your situation further and answer any questions you may have.

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FAQs

What should I do if I think my cosmetic surgery was negligent?

If you think that your medical practitioner or surgeon has not provided you with the reasonable duty of care that is required, and you have suffered harm or financial loss as a result, you may have a claim in clinical negligence.

If you are having ongoing treatment, making a claim should not impact any future treatment you receive.

Please give us a call to discuss your situation further, and we will be able to answer any questions you may have.

How will I fund my case?

The most common way to fund a claim is to enter into a Condition Fee Agreement (CFA), also known as a ‘no win no fee’ agreement. Alternatively, you may have a legal expenses insurance policy that covers clinical negligence claims (even if you are not aware of having this).

However, the main thing to be aware of is that if your case is viable, we will always ensure that there is a way of funding it. We will help you find the funding method that best meets your needs, and make every effort to keep costs down at every stage. Find out more about ways to fund your claim here.

What sort of compensation will I receive if I am successful?

The amount of compensation awarded for clinical negligence depends on many different factors, and is different for every case. However, there are two broad parts to the compensation awarded:

  • General damages – this is an award based on non-calculable elements of your claim, such as the pain and suffering you suffered as a result of the negligence, and the effects on your everyday life. General damages awards are determined by looking at the Judicial Studies Board Guidelines and the amounts awarded in recent similar cases.
  • Special damages – this is an award for calculable financial loss, such as loss of earnings, travel expenses or other costs that we can show were incurred as a result of the negligence.

It is worth noting that if the link between the cost claimed and the negligent treatment cannot be proven, the court will not award the damages. It is the claimant’s responsibility to prove the link for each element of the damages that are claimed.

How long does a clinical negligence claim last?

Again, this depends on the individual facts of each case, although as a rule of thumb, most simple claims should be dealt with within 18-24 months.

However, the length of any claim will be affected by factors such as whether you need further treatment, whether the input of medical experts is needed, whether the other side denies or admits fault, and ultimately whether the claim ends up in court. Your solicitor will be able to assess your case on an individual basis and let you know a more accurate estimation of how long the claim should take.

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