Cosmetic surgery errors

Cosmetic Surgery Negligence Claims

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.

Tens of thousands of cosmetic surgery procedures are carried out in the United Kingdom every year and, while most of them are completed without a hitch, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes, negligent cosmetic surgery can lead to complications such as pain and infection.

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.

Not all cosmetic surgeons are registered specialists

Since 2002, doctors carrying out cosmetic surgery have had to register with the General Medical Council’s specialist register and also undertake special training. However, the same rules do not apply to doctors who registered with the GMC prior to 2002, and so this can sometimes lead to medical negligence. This means it’s important you always tell your medical negligence solicitor who your surgeon was if you are making a cosmetic surgery negligence claim.

Cosmetic surgery can be carried out either as reconstructive surgery following an accident that has caused the patient to become disfigured, or it can be elective in order to enhance or reduce certain aspects of a person’s figure. Depending on the reasons for having cosmetic surgery, many patients have work carried out privately rather than on the NHS.

Cosmetic Surgery Negligence – common claims

Negligence claims arising out of problematic cosmetic surgery can occur due to:

• Your surgeon failing to explain the risks

• Unexpected or excessive scarring following procedures such as liposuction or breast operations

• Problems with your vision after having laser eye surgery

• Nerve trouble following a facelift

• Surgery that has been performed without your consent

• Perforation of the bowel or other internal injuries following procedures such as liposuction or tummy tuck

• Improper aftercare leading to infections or disfigurement

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 – so if you need help in any of these areas, you know where to come

Cosmetic Surgery Negligence Claims – don’t delay

It’s important that you seek legal advice as soon as if you have suffered from cosmetic surgery medical negligence as claims for compensation usually need to be made within 3 years of you becoming aware of the negligence. In addition, cosmetic surgery issues can sometimes be complicated, especially as some areas aren’t regulated (such as collagen injections). Legal fees ? Don’t worry, we offer no win no fee for medical negligence claims

Cosmetic Surgery Negligence Claims – contact our specialists

If you think you been the victim of botched cosmetic surgery, then early and comprehensive legal advice is a must. Get in touch with our specialist medical negligence solicitors who will be able to give you an initial indication of whether you might have a valid claim and outline the procedure you need to follow if they believe that you have a case.

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