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Most cosmetic surgeons provide a high standard of care to their patients. However, as with any procedure, things can go wrong and the consequences can be serious and sometimes life-changing.
If you or a loved one has sustained an injury as a result of negligence during cosmetic surgery (sometimes referred to as ‘plastic surgery’), you may be able to claim compensation.
Our specialist medical negligence solicitors are experts in helping people claim maximum compensation for cosmetic surgery mistakes. They’ve helped clients claim for problems with procedures such as:
- Breast augmentation/enlargement/reduction or reconstruction claims
- Rhinoplasty (nose reshaping)
- Laser treatment
- Gastric Bands/Weight Loss Surgery
- Skin grafts
They have helped many clients secure damages against those responsible, with claims such as nerve injury claims, brain and head injury claims and hospital-acquired infection claims including MRSA or Sepsis.
What counts as cosmetic surgery negligence?
Cosmetic surgery providers have a legal duty of care to ensure their premises are safe and hygienic and that the treatment they provide is accurate and effective. This includes surgical procedures, such as breast surgery and liposuction, as well as non-surgical procedures and dental negligence.
If the care you received from your cosmetic surgery provider was substandard, you may be able to claim compensation. This could be due to a variety of issues, such as:
- You weren’t adequately made aware of the risks of your procedure
- Your treatment was substandard
- A defective product was used (such as a faulty implant)
- You didn’t receive appropriate aftercare
Our expert team of medical negligence solicitors will discuss the details of your case and determine whether your illness or injury could have been prevented. They have helped many clients secure damages against those responsible, providing proven legal expertise combined with in-depth medical knowledge. Because medical negligence cases — such as cosmetic surgery negligence — are our team’s primary focus, they have the specialist understanding to succeed where other law firms fail. Quality of service is also one of our guiding principles; our team take care of their clients throughout their claim and beyond. Your solicitor will meet with you in the comfort of your own home, at your convenience, and can help you to access vital support services such as rehabilitation centres and support groups.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. The general rule is that you have three years from the date of the injury or the date when you realised your injury may have been caused by someone else’s negligence.
If you are claiming on behalf of a child, you can claim at any time until the child turns 18. When the child turns 18, they can bring a claim in their own right but the three year time limit will then apply and they will have until they are 21 to do so.
There are exceptions to this rule. For example, there is no time limit for people who don’t have the mental capacity to make legal decisions and different time limits apply for some injuries or illnesses sustained abroad.
In certain circumstances it may be possible to bring a claim under the Consumer Protection Act 1987 as well as or instead of a claim in negligence. In these circumstances any claim pursued under the Consumer Protection Act must be brought within 10 years of the product being available for patient use, so it is important to seek legal advice on this.
Time can be a critical factor in compensation claims, so it’s important to get in touch with our specialist medical negligence team as soon as possible for expert advice.
The compensation you receive depends on the severity of your injuries and the impact on your life. Severe, life-changing injuries will involve more compensation to cover medical bills, rehabilitation, care and support, adaptations to the home and loss of earnings and pension.
Starting a cosmetic surgery negligence compensation claim is straightforward. To begin your claim, contact us on Freephone 0800 884 0777 or online for a free, no obligation chat. Click here to learn more about our team and the high level of expertise in your area of injury.
After an initial consultation phone call, your specialist solicitor will come to visit you in your home – or a location at your convenience – to discuss the details of your claim. This will include information such as how your injuries occurred and the impact that your injuries have on your day-to-day life, so they can understand your needs and advise you on the compensation you may be able to claim.
Our legal expert will also use this as an opportunity to talk you through the process of making a claim and to explain your funding options and any relevant paperwork for making your claim.
From that point on, your solicitor will pursue your claim on your behalf. The next step will be to contact the defendant’s insurers and to start gathering evidence to support your claim, liaising with medical experts and healthcare providers to access your records. Your solicitor will keep you updated as your claim progresses and at every step of the process.
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If you have a question that is not listed above, please visit our FAQs page. Alternatively, please call our specialist team on Freephone 0800 884 0777 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation chat.