Cosmetic surgery claims
When cosmetic surgery goes wrong the effects can be life changing. Whilst most cosmetic surgery conducted in the UK is of a very high standard, some surgeons can make mistakes leading to infections, scarring or other injuries.
If you have suffered as a result of negligent cosmetic surgery you could be entitled to claim compensation. Contact TRUE Solicitors today for a free, no obligation assessment of your case.
TRUE Solicitors has a team of specialist lawyers whose experience and expertise can help you obtain the maximum compensation in the shortest possible time.
What constitutes a cosmetic surgery claim?
If your cosmetic surgery went wrong you may be able to make a claim for compensation if:
- You were not adequately informed of the risks of the procedure prior to receiving the surgery.
- A faulty or damaged product was used- such as a faulty implant.
- The cosmetic surgery caused unnecessary damage to organs, arteries and nerves.
- You failed to receive appropriate aftercare.
Common cosmetic surgery claims
The most common types of cosmetic surgery claims are from:
- Breast augmentation.
- Tummy tucks.
- Brow lift.
- Eyelid surgery.
- Cosmetic dentistry.
- Botox injections.
What can I claim compensation for if I have suffered as a result of substandard cosmetic surgery?
You may be able to claim for the following:
- Loss of earnings.
- Injury compensation.
- Medical expenses such as corrective surgery, prescription charges and painkillers.
- Compensation for the care and support provided by family or friends.
- Reduced life expectancy.
- Ongoing illness.
- Recovery time.
- Expected lifestyle changes.
How much will my cosmetic surgery claim be worth
The amount of compensation that you may receive is dependent upon the individual circumstances of your case. The amount will depend on factors such as:
- The severity of your mistreatment.
- How your life has been affected by the injury or illness.
- Your future care and support needs.
- Financial losses, including how much money you’ve lost or will lose as a result of the negligent treatment (e.g. loss of earnings, travel expenses).
- Specialist equipment and adaptations that you may need.
What is the time limit for making a cosmetic surgery claim?
You have up to 3 years from the date you became aware that your injuries or illness was caused as a result of negligent cosmetic surgery to make a claim. Is it is advisable to seek legal advice as soon as possible, whilst the information and circumstances around your treatment is fresh to mind.
How much will it cost to make a cosmetic surgery claim?
TRUE Solicitors will manage your claim on a ‘No win, No fee’ basis, so there is no financial risk to you. Our charges to you are dependent upon the individual type of case, and are typically a percentage of the compensation that we obtain for you. The charges will be no more than 25% of your compensation.
How Long Will My Claim Take?
The length of medical negligence claims depends on whether the other party admits fault, the severity of the injury and the extent of the claim for losses and expenses. Straightforward medical negligence claims may settle within a few months, whereas complex cases may take in excess of a year.
How do I start a cosmetic surgery claim?
If you believe that you or a loved one has a claim for late or negligent cosmetic surgery, contact TRUE Solicitors today to speak to a member of our medical negligence team. We offer an initial, free, no obligation assessment of your case.
Submit Your claim – we will establish who was at fault and submit a claim on your behalf.
Gather the Evidence and Arrange Treatment – we will collect all of the evidence needed to prove your claim, arrange a medical examination for you, and if appropriate arrange treatment to assist with your recovery.
Win Your Claim – we will fight hard on your behalf to recover maximum compensation in the shortest time.
TRUE Case Studies
Patient receives a four figure sum following negligent dermatological treatment:
What happened: Our client was referred to a Dermatologist for treatment of a facial cyst/lesion. A steroid injection was recommended rather than excision and our client was advised that there would be no side effects. However, following the procedure the injection caused atrophy (wasting away) in the area of the injection and they developed a large, easily noticeable depressed scar on their cheek, which required plastic surgery.
The effect on our client: Our client suffered from pain and was very self-conscious of the indentation on their cheek, resulting in a loss of confidence and psychiatric symptoms. They also required further treatment in the form of a fat or stem cell transfer to the face to elevate the scar and make it less obvious.
How TRUE Solicitors were able to help: We brought a claim on behalf of our client on the grounds that they had not been warned about the possible side effects of the steroid injection and that there had been a failure to obtain their informed consent. It was also alleged that the steroid was being used in circumstances for which it was not licensed and that the injection had been into the subcutaneous layer, causing the atrophy and skin indentation. No admissions were made by the Defendant and it was necessary to start Court proceedings. Supportive medical expert evidence was obtained and we were able to negotiate settlement once this was finalised.
Level of settlement achieved: £5,000
Practice area: Medical Negligence – dermatology