Cosmetic Surgery Injury Claims

The risk of cosmetic surgery

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There’s no getting away from the fact that cosmetic surgery is now more popular than it’s ever been, amongst both men and women. The idea of accessing surgery, something which would once have been seen as a drastic emergency measure, is now looked upon as being a fairly routine step to take, but thinking that any kind of surgery or medical intervention is a simple matter is a dangerous assumption to make. All medical treatment brings with it the risk that mistakes will be made, but the unregulated nature of cosmetic surgery means that the standards offered by private clinics often fall below the standards which a reasonable person might expect. High profile stories such as the PIP breast implants scandal may make the headlines, but every day people are receiving injections of things like fillers and botox (which is, it should be noted, a toxin) from staff who have little if any specialist training.

DID YOU KNOW: According to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, there were 45,506 cosmetic surgeries carried out in 2014.

The conception that cosmetic surgery is part of the beauty industry may lead to people underestimating the seriousness of the treatments on offer and of the effects should something go wrong.

The most common cosmetic procedures

Amongst the treatments offered by clinics all over the UK are the following:

— Dermal fillers
— Botox injections
— Breast reduction
— Breast enlargement/augmentation
— Liposuction
— Gastric bypass
— Rhinoplasty (nose job)

What constitutes negligence, and making a claim

Many of these treatments take the form of invasive surgery, and if the clinical approach is anything less than a hundred per cent competent then the effects can be devastating. If you can demonstrate that the treatment you received was in some way negligent, and that this negligence resulted in you suffering long term physical or psychological injury, then you may well be in a position to make a claim for compensation. The effects of negligent cosmetic surgery can range from unsightly scarring, ruptured breast implants, uneven breasts, numb or immobile facial muscles all the way up to full blown post-surgical infections and anything else which leaves you in a worse condition following your surgery than you were in before.

DID YOU KNOW: A study in 2011 showed that one in five cosmetic surgery patients were disappointed with the outcome.

Many cosmetic surgery treatments are accessed by people who suffer from low self-esteem and a lack of confidence, which means that a result such as unsightly scarring or drooping eyelids, for example, can have a devastating psychological impact. If you’ve received treatment of this kind which was carried out in an unsatisfactory manner then you may well be in a position to make a medical negligence claim for compensation.

Ensuring a cosmetic surgery claim is successful

A successful claim in a case of this type will involve demonstrating that the treatment you received was below the standard you might reasonably expect, and that this negligence resulted in you suffering personal injury. Medical cases of this type are often complicated and can take a long time to pursue and that’s why it’s vital that you seek the help of a personal injury lawyer. They will have the know-how and experience necessary to gather as much information as possible from you and to use this to build a compelling case. The claim for compensation will seek an amount based upon the type and severity of your injury and an additional amount intended to reimburse you for any expenses arising from the negligence. This will include immediate expenses such as travel costs and medical bills, as well as an amount designed to make up for any earnings you may lose through having to miss work, both now and in the future.

If you’ve undergone a cosmetic surgery treatment and are unhappy with the results, then call us on 0800 234 6438 or submit our online form. Our trained advisers will be able to tell you if it sounds like you’ve been the victim of negligence and if you have, we’ll work as long and as hard as we have to to get you the compensation you deserve.

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