How a failed rhinoplasty procedure could lead to a medical negligence claim

Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic procedure, often referred to as a ‘nose job’, which is designed to reshape the nose either due to aesthetic desires or because of injury or malformation. The procedure is a difficult and rather painful one, as it requires the bone to be broken and reshaped, along with the cartilage, with splints needing to be inserted for the healing process. Although it’s a very common procedure in the United Kingdom, it’s not without its risks.

When rhinoplasty goes wrong

Many rhinoplasty patients report a number of symptoms following surgery, including a loss of their sense of smell, scarring, haemotoma, bleeding, disfigurement and difficulty breathing. The physical effects of having difficulty breathing or losing your sense of smell are serious enough, but the aesthetic effects can be just as bad, if not worse. With the nose being so prominent, any scarring or disfigurement will be highly visible and it is entirely possible that psychological effects could be felt.

Failed rhinoplasty? Do you have grounds for medical negligence claim?

It is worth noting that issues arising from a failed rhinoplasty procedure are not necessarily the result of medical negligence, but if you have been through a rhinoplasty procedure which has failed and left you with an undesirable outcome, you may well be able to lodge a claim for medical negligence against the surgeon who treated you. If you have suffered pain, disfigurement or any negative effects following surgery, you should speak to our team of accredited specialist medical negligence lawyers at your earliest convenience so that we can assess your case and see if a claim may be able to be brought.

Is corrective surgery required?

In some cases, further surgery is required in order to correct previous errors, which can prove expensive if the procedure has been carried out privately or at the patient’s cost. In this situation, it may well be possible to claim for the cost of follow-up surgery as well as seeking damages for the disfigurement, pain and the issues associated with it. It must be noted that many medical negligence claims surrounding cosmetic surgery procedures do tend to fail due to a patient’s unrealistic expectations, so your expectations of the results of your rhinoplasty should be measured against the actual outcome, as this will have a bearing on the likelihood of your claim being successful.

Failed rhinoplasty – that’s where we come in

In any case, it is highly recommended that you call us if you have suffered injury, loss or disfigurement as the result of a failed rhinoplasty procedure as we will be able to assess your situation and advise you as to whether or not there may be a claim for medical negligence. It is best way to get an idea as to whether or not you might want to pursue a claim which could then lead on to you finally getting the justice you deserve. Millions of people put their faith in doctors and surgeons every year, which is why it’s so important that each case of possible negligent medical treatment is looked at carefully and with the consideration it so rightly deserves.

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How failed Botox treatment could result in a medical negligence claim

Botox treatment has risen massively in the last few years, with more and more people choosing to opt for a relatively simple, pain-free operation in order to look better – to improve their skin and remove unwanted lines and wrinkles. Botox, often referred to as dermal filler, treatments are actually classes as non-surgical cosmetic treatments in the United Kingdom, with thousands of people every year opting for the treatment. However, even though it’s a relatively simple non-surgical procedure, that’s not to say it’s without its very real risks.

Negligent Botox Treatment – Where Things Go Wrong

Botox administration requires extensive training and cannot just be done by anybody. Anyone administering Botox treatment needs to have knowledge of facial anatomy in order to ensure the injections are properly administered. Where issues arise and things go wrong, some of the results can be quite worrying, including unwanted swelling and scars, impaired vision, headaches, disfigurement, loss of facial movement and even loss of speech. That is why it is so important that your medical practitioner is fully aware of the risks and knows how to perform the Botox procedure effectively.

Botox treatment – the likely side effects and the risks

Some slight bruising and discomfort is to be expected, as is some muscle weakness, but that’s not to say all patients will experience them. In situations where the side effects and outcomes were not expected and were beyond the known risks at the point of consent, the patient may well have a good chance of claiming medical negligence against the surgeon or practitioner. This may be the result of contaminated equipment being used, too much Botox (or even not enough) being injected or simply the practitioner’s failure to inform you of all of the risks involved in undergoing Botox treatment procedures or any other form of cosmetic procedure.

Botox treatment – don’t delay your medical negligence claim

If you suspect that you might be entitled to claim medical negligence compensation arising from a Botox procedure either performed on you or a loved one, you should contact us as soon as you can so that we can assess your situation. Time is of the essence as  medical negligence claims have to be lodged within a certain period of time after the treatment was received, and the process can take some time to happen. By getting the ball rolling as quickly as possible, you will greatly improve your chances of successfully claiming compensation for the injuries and suffering you’ve had to deal with.

Undergoing a cosmetic procedure due to self-esteem issues can be a difficult decision to make, and being left with disfigurements or injuries due to the procedure can make things even worse, which is why you’re entitled to seek justice for any negligent treatment you’ve received. You don’t need to suffer in silence or simply accept that ‘these things happen’. A simple call to us will allow you to find out whether or not you might be entitled to significant financial recompense for the suffering you’ve had to deal with, and it could be a phone call which changes your life forever.

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Britons turning to plastic surgery in bid to combat ageing

The body which represents a large portion of the UK’s plastic surgeons has released figures for the number of procedures which were carried out in 2012. According to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) there were well over 43,000 procedures in 2012, 91% of which were performed on women. Whilst this figure is very high, it pales in comparison with the US, where 14 million such procedures were carried out in 2011.

It appears that the recession has not put people off splashing out on cosmetic surgery with the numbers for plastic surgery procedures showing a steady increase in recent years. Furthermore, the recent PIP implant scandal and the government review which was subsequently launched has not created the fear about breast implant surgery that one might expect.

Brits appear to have caught plastic surgery fever with the figures for 2012 showing a 0.2% increase on the 2011 stats. It appears that the desire to combat the ageing process overrides concerns about the cost of procedures in difficult economic times. However, it is of course likely that many of those who seek plastic surgery are wealthy enough not to be greatly affected by the downturn. Whilst the figures for plastic surgery did not increase by a huge amount, the figures for anti-ageing procedures showed a marked increase with the percentage increases for face lifts and eyelid procedures for example going into double figures.

The most popular cosmetic procedure by far is still breast enlargement surgery though. Although there was a slight drop of just over 1.5% in the number of procedures from 2011-2012, these procedures remained incredibly popular. It is unclear whether or not this slight drop can be attributed to the recent PIP implant scandal but either way the effect of the scandal appears to have been quite limited judging by the BAAPS statistics.

The procedure which saw the largest increase in 2012 was brow lift surgery which went up by a huge 17% in 12 months demonstrating once again that anti-ageing procedures are all the rage. Similarly, face and neck lifts went up by nearly 13.5% and eyelid surgery was up by 13%.

Another interesting statistic relates to weight loss surgery. In the past, liposuction was always the weight loss surgery of choice, however, 2012 statistics show that it has been overtaken by a procedure referred to as ‘fat transfer’ which is now the 7th most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the UK. This surgery moves fat from one area of the body such as the midriff or hips to another part such as the buttocks or face.

Men only accounted for just around 9% of the total number of cosmetic surgery procedures for 2012. Amongst males, nose jobs were the most popular cosmetic procedure despite falling by nearly 10% on the 2011 statistics. Women by contrast accounted for 91% of procedures, around 39,000 in total and tended to opt for procedures designed to make them look younger.

The figures are likely to concern those who are still not concerned about the possible physical and emotional damage that plastic surgery can do to people and given the recent scandal over the French PIP implants, the concerns over breast augmentation surgery in particular have never been greater. Nevertheless, it appears that Britain’s obsession with plastic surgery is set to continue for many years to come.

Suffered at the hands of a negligent plastic surgeon? If so, we could help you claim compensation

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Claiming compensation for cosmetic surgery negligence

Over the last decade the number of people in the UK undergoing cosmetic surgery procedures has gone up 200% with around more than 300,000 procedures performed each year. Sadly, as the number of surgeries performed increases, so does the number of mistakes made. Errors in cosmetic surgery which lead to harm being done to the patient are rather insensitively referred to as ‘adverse outcomes’ – a term which undermines physical and psychological trauma which can be caused by such mistakes. Some of these adverse outcomes are due to the negligence of cosmetic surgery professionals who fail to inform patients of the risks of procedures, do not advise them to take safer alternative courses of action or simply make mistakes during surgery which a competent professional would not make.

Negligence from cosmetic surgeons and other medical staff in such clinics can be devastating and compensation can be claimed for the injuries caused. Below is a list of some of the things people have claimed medical negligence compensation against cosmetic surgeons for in the past:

• Failed breast augmentation leading to breasts which are uneven or implants which rupture

• Rhinoplasty of the face or nose leading to completely unbalanced features, permanent hair loss, loss of smell or sight, collapse of the nose bridge or extensive scarring

• Psychological trauma: given that people often seek cosmetic surgery because they are uncomfortable with their appearance, when it goes wrong they can suffer particular psychological trauma

In order to claim compensation you will need to prove that your injuries directly resulted from the negligence actions of the cosmetic surgeon or other staff present. Under the Care Standards Act of 2002 private clinics are compelled to meet certain national standards about the qualifications required of staff members, providing counselling to patients, giving every patient a two-week period to think before undergoing surgery establishing a system for formal complaints.

Cosmetic surgery negligence claim- contact us now

If you believe that you may have been the victim of cosmetic surgery negligence you should get in touch with our expert medical negligence solicitors straight away. It is a highly complex area of law which requires solicitor with expertise. Our team have the necessary expertise to recover the full and fair amount of compensation and will also be able to treat your medical negligence claim with sensitivity.

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Claiming compensation against a negligent beautician

For most people, seeing the beautician in a salon or a spa is a chance to relax and indulge themselves. However, there are times when beautician negligence occurs which can cause problems for the unfortunate victims. Thankfully, if you suffer at the hands of a negligent beautician our expert medical negligence solicitors will be able to help you claim compensation.

Examples of negligence

If your beautician causes you harm as a result of carelessness or because they are under qualified, you may find that you could claim compensation. Compensation claims against beauticians often relate to the following:

• Scars caused by allergic reactions to the chemicals used in treatment

• Burns from wax used on the skin which was applied at the wrong temperature

• Use of unsuitable chemicals leading to allergic reactions

• Poor application of semi-permanent makeup.

Claiming for an allergic reaction

It is crucial that spas and salons have mechanisms in place to protect their clients coming to harm from allergic reactions. Allergic reactions can be difficult to predict which makes it all the more important for beauticians to test their products for allergens and to be aware of the health record of the client. If patch tests are not carried out the day before and other health and safety standards lapse, the beautician may find themselves having to defend against medical negligence claims.

Such claims might relate to a lack of product knowledge or disregard for the potential affects pursuing a particular source of treatment can have upon you. However severe the allergic reaction is, you should inform a solicitor and seek advice about making a medical negligence claim and our specialists can help. It may even be the case that the salon must be closed own in order to prevent others coming to similar harm

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Making Your Cosmetic Surgery Compensation Claim

More and more people are having cosmetic surgery, whether they simply seek to improve their self-confidence through improvements to their face and body, or need cosmetic surgery due to health problems. Many patients are thrilled with the results; however a recent increase in disreputable surgeons who mislead or neglect their patients has resulted in a dramatic increase in cosmetic surgery negligence claims over the last 10 years.

Many cases have been reported of surgeons and cosmetic surgery clinics using special offers to unfairly pressurise patients to go through with surgical procedures, often without fully explaining the risks of the operations. At Bonallack and Bishop, our medical negligence solicitors specialise in cosmetic surgery compensation claims and we understand the confidentiality and discretion needed in what is often a sensitive area for our clients.

Our expert medical negligence team are experienced in all of the following compensation claims for failed cosmetic surgery

• rhinoplasty (nose reshape)

• abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)

• breast augmentation and reduction

• face lift (ryhtidectomy)

• liposuction

• ear reshape (otoplasty)

• eyelid alteration surgery (blepharoplasty)

We can also help with compensation claims for failed implants or faulty hip replacements – so if you need help in any of these areas, you know where to come.

Cosmetic surgery ad ban proposals broadly well received

Plans to limit the advertising of cosmetic surgery seem to have been generally well accepted by many medical negligence solicitors, amongst others.

The plans, contained in recommendations by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons [BAAPS], published in September, cover a range of proposed ad limits including limits on inducements for more surgery, [including “buy one get one free” offers  and loyalty cards] and an outright prohibition on any adverts of cosmetic surgery aimed at those under 18. BAAPS has an admirable history of opposing cosmetic surgery advertising, having previously recommended a complete ban.

Many medical solicitors share the concerns of Fazel Fatah, the current president of BAAPS, that some advertising “takes advantage of the vulnerability of people who seek surgical treatments for psychological reasons”. BAAPS had previously warned against, for example, the irresponsible trivialisation of cosmetic surgery and the setting of quite unrealistic expectations in TV “makeover” shows.

However some in the industry have expressed doubts on whether these sort of restrictions will actually achieve what they are set out to do – arguing that rather than looking at advertising, it should be the actual cosmetic surgery services themselves who need better regulation.

The calls for an advertising ban come on the heels of the recent PIP breast implant scandal [when the French government, amongst others, concluded that the material used in breast implants was not medical grade and poses a risk to health] – and on the back of which the UK government has recently ordered a review of the entire cosmetic surgery industry.

The fact of the matter is that this area is subject to a quite remarkable lack of regulation – a UK survey in 2010, for example, revealed that 70% of clinics offering cosmetic surgery were effectively unregulated. As a result cosmetic surgery negligence claims are sadly rife. It’s about time the government really took a good look at the whole cosmic surgery industry – and followed many of the recommendations made by the responsible plastic surgeons at BAAPS.

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