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Cosmetic Surgery Compensation Claims
Cosmetic surgery procedures have become increasingly popular in the UK. According to our recent survey, 1 in 3 Brits have had or would consider having cosmetic facial surgery. In most cases, the quality of treatment is satisfactory and patients are left confident in their results. However, when cosmetic procedures go wrong due to substandard medical treatment or if a cosmetic surgeon makes a mistake, patients can be left suffering from unexpected, and sometimes life-changing, injuries.
If you have suffered an injury during or after your cosmetic surgery and believe that a medical professional is at fault, you could be entitled to compensation.
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What Are Cosmetic Surgery Negligence Claims?
Cosmetic surgery negligence claims are put forward when patients receive poor care surrounding their cosmetic treatment. Inadequate or negligent care can often result in physical injuries such as scarring as well as psychological suffering which can have devastating effects.
There are risks involved with all surgeries, especially cosmetic procedures, and so it is possible for complications to occur that cannot be blamed on negligence. In these cases, you should have been advised of the possible risks before your surgery. If you were not warned of the risks and experienced an injury related to your cosmetic surgery, you may be entitled to make a claim for medical negligence.
Common Types of Cosmetic Surgery Negligence Claims
As specialist cosmetic surgery solicitors, we deal with claims surrounding specific cosmetic procedures such as:
- Breast Augmentation Claims
- Facial surgery claims
- Liposuction/abdominoplasty claims
- Hair transplant claims
- Gastric band claims
- Non-surgical claims
Many of these claims often include common types of negligence such as:
- Implant faults including leakage
- Severe scarring and disfigurement
- Lack of information from the surgeon
- Failure to inform patient of the risks
- Infections and allergies
Contact us today to find out if you are eligible to put forward a claim for compensation.
What Are the Consequences of Negligent Cosmetic Surgery?
The effects of negligent cosmetic surgery can not only affect you physically but could also impact you emotionally, especially when the outcome of your treatment is not what you expected. Below are some of the complications that might occur from negligent cosmetic surgery:
- Implant faults – for example, if a faulty implant was used in your procedure, you may need to have the implant removed, requiring further surgery.
- Surgical mistakes – errors in your cosmetic surgery could lead to scarring and disfigurement.
- Infections – most surgical wounds heal normally without any complications. However, if you develop an infection due to negligent treatment, the consequences can be extremely serious. If your infection develops into sepsis for example, this can cause organs to shut down and can be fatal.
- Allergies – if you developed an allergic reaction following cosmetic treatment, which was due to negligence, again this can have a serious impact on your health.
Am I Eligible to Make a Cosmetic Surgery Claim?
You may be eligible to make a claim if you believe that any part of your cosmetic surgery was not performed correctly, including any explanation by the surgeon prior to your procedure.
Patient Claim Line is here to advise you on this. We are a team of specialist solicitors that excel in medical negligence and negligent cosmetic surgery claims. When you contact us, we will very quickly advise you on the eligibility of your claim. It costs you nothing to find out if you have a case, and all our claims are dealt with by specialist medical negligence solicitors, on a strictly no win no fee basis.
How to Make a Cosmetic Surgery Claim
It’s important that you get in touch as soon as possible if you would like to make a cosmetic surgery claim. Submitting your claim for cosmetic surgery compensation is easy. You can contact our team of medical negligence experts either by phone or you can complete our online form.
In most cases, you have 3 years from the “date of knowledge” to bring your claim for negligent cosmetic surgery. The “date of knowledge” is the date when you first became aware that a mistake had been made.
How Much Compensation Could I Be Entitled to For A Cosmetic Surgery Claim?
In general, the amount of compensation depends on the length of time you have suffered for, and the impact that the error has had on your daily life. However, every medical negligence case is different.
If you were unable to work, we will recover any lost earnings for any period you were absent because of what happened. You may have needed family and friends to help, or even professional care, and our team will make sure their time is compensated for as well.
Our specialist medical lawyers will use their experience to make sure that you receive the maximum amount of compensation you deserve.
Why Choose Patient Claim Line for Your Cosmetic Surgery Claim?
Medical negligence is a complex area of law, which is why you need a specialist. You need someone who knows this area through and through. Our promise to you:
- No win, no fee
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By choosing Patient Claim Line, you are guaranteed peace of mind in all areas, always.
‘No Win No Fee’ Cosmetic Surgery Claims
At Patient Claim Line we don’t want you to be put off by legal fees, so we work on a ‘no win no fee’ basis. This means that if your claim isn’t successful, we write off all our fees and you won’t pay a penny. We understand that suffering cosmetic surgery gone wrong is very distressing, which is why we prefer to work on a completely transparent basis so that you always understand where you are.
How Can Specialist Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors Help?
At Patient Claim Line, our team has a wealth of experience and knowledge when it comes to cosmetic surgery claims. No matter what type of procedure you have undergone, our team will be able to guide you through the claims process. Our experience means we can very quickly advise as to whether you have a case, and if so, ensure you receive the maximum amount of cosmetic surgery compensation, not only to compensate you for pain and suffering caused by the medical mistake, but also to allow you the additional funds to correct the procedure where possible.
Why Choose Patient Claim Line for your Cosmetic Surgery Claim?
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Patient Claim Line was established in 2014 and consists of a team of medical lawyers specialising in cancer negligence and general medical negligence claims.
At Patient Claim Line we have more than 100 solicitors with a combined experience of over 400 years and they will work on your behalf to achieve the best result possible for you.
It’s not enough to use a solicitor who sometimes covers medical negligence. You need someone who knows this area through and through. That is what the solicitors here at Patient Claim Line do. They deal exclusively in this area of law and are experts in the field.
Frequently asked questions about Cosmetic Surgery Claims
Our expert legal team answer your questions about making a Cosmetic Surgery Claim
When calculating compensation for cosmetic treatment or surgery, the amount awarded will depend on several factors, including the length of time you have suffered for and the impact that the error has had on your daily life. Less serious cases may have a smaller payout because the injury was relatively minor, while more serious cases that involve life-altering consequences have far larger compensation payouts. We can assure all our customers that our dedicated legal team will ensure you get the maximum compensation that you deserve.
Unfortunately, it is not possible for our UK solicitors to bring claims forward against treatment providers who are based abroad. However, if you have experienced negligence while having cosmetic surgery in the UK, you can bring a claim against those involved. This applies to both private and NHS treatment.
When you undergo cosmetic surgery, those involved in your treatment have a duty of care to you, as their patient. If mistakes were made due to negligence, you have the right to seek compensation for any distress or suffering caused.
If your claim is against the NHS, NHS Resolution (previously known as The NHS Litigation Authority), will pay compensation on behalf of the NHS body that you are making a claim against if your claim is successful. If your claim is against a private medical provider, the person or company who provided your treatment will have their own insurer, who will investigate the claim and pay any compensation if the claim is successful.
In general, you have 3 years from the “date of knowledge” in which to make your claim for medical negligence. The “date of knowledge” is the date when you first became aware that a mistake had been made. Often people find out that a mistake has been made straight away, but sometimes a lot of time can pass before anyone admits that something has gone wrong. If you or the person the mistake happened to is or was under 18 at the time, the time limit is 3 years from the date of their 18th birthday (i.e. their 21st birthday). If the person the mistake happened to does not have mental capacity, there can be no time limit. We would always advise you to call if there is any doubt about whether you are out of time. It costs you nothing to get some advice from us and it’s always better to be certain.
Meet our Cosmetic Surgery Team
Darren is a solicitor with over 20 years experience in complex and high value personal injury and medical negligence claims. He only acts on behalf of injured people, those that represent them (for example, parents in the case of children and ‘Litigation Friends’ in cases where the injured person does not have the mental capacity to understand the litigation process) and their families in instances where the accident or medical mistake has resulted in death.
Prior to taking a mid-career sabbatical break, he was a member of the AvMA (Action against Medical Accidents) Specialist Clinical Negligence Panel (a nationally recognised accreditation of quality and experience). He is proud to be a member of our highly talented and successful Multi-Track / Serious Injury Clinical Negligence team.
Darren has expertise in all forms of medical negligence and accident claims including cerebral palsy and other birth injuries, foetal abnormality cases, brain injuries, high value orthopaedics, neurological injuries such as spinal injuries, delays in diagnosis of carcinoma, plastic surgery and psychiatric management. I act for infants, young people and adults.
Notable Settled Cases
Winning High Court liability trial against a GP in a catastrophic injury medical negligence case concerning the development of meningitis. Darren went on to settle the case for a lump sum approaching £3 million.
Negotiating a PPO settlement for an infant who suffered cerebral palsy, blindness and the almost complete absence of cognitive developmental ability as a consequence of the negligent delay in his delivery. In a case where life expectancy was significantly reduced, a lump sum of £770,000 with additional annual payments of £135,000, rising to £250,000, for life, was secured and approved by the High Court.
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Christian is Head of Medical Negligence at Patient Claim Line and has specialised in clinical negligence claims since qualifying in 1998; having dealt with a wide variety of claims throughout his career. He is also featured in the Legal 500 as a recommended claimant solicitor in the North West.
Christian qualified as a solicitor in 1998, specialising in clinical negligence. From 2010 onward he has had a particular interest in gynaecological and urogynaecological claims, having represented several hundred claimants in the George Rowland Litigation against the Liverpool Women’s and Aintree Hospitals. This investigated the treatment given to women in the Merseyside area over several decades, and in particular focused on the introduction and development of mesh into the UK in both the treatment of stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. The development of this area involved pursuing claims under a unique ADR protocol with the NHS and also looking to develop the current thinking on the valuation of compensation for complex urinary symptoms. He has successfully recovered hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation on behalf of my clients.
Christian was also involved in setting up and chairing a Claimant Support Group for those involved in the Rowland litigation, which provided a discussion forum for the many women who were left isolated and damaged by negligent gynaecological treatment. He now co-ordinates the firm’s mesh claims and has delivered training and commented extensively on the medico-legal implications of urogynaecological / mesh complications. He is a member of APIL, Liverpool Law Society and Legal 500 recommended.
Francesca Paul is an Associate, Senior Solicitor and Team Leader within the Clinical Negligence Department. She is one of the driving Solicitors in the Group Litigation Team dealing with this niche and specialist area of work that Fletchers undertakes.
Francesca previously worked in Nottingham, dealing with Group Action work. She now works at Fletchers, bringing with her those years of experience heading up a team of 10 people. Francesca is involved in the early identification of potential new Group Litigation Work and analyses information from the collective pool of new enquiries into the business, of which there are hundreds per week looking for hot spots or recurrent issues which might suggest a potential pool of Claimants.
One of the highlights for Francesca and her team is that they have successfully recovered over a million pounds in compensation for clients who have received treatment from a single orthopaedic surgeon who was operating in the Colchester area. Her role requires a specific set of skills, patience and a forensic approach to detail whilst being able to see the wider picture.
Francesca has previously acted for a claimant in a case that reached the Supreme Court in the case of NA v Nottinghamshire County Council.
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Saima qualified in 2005 and has over 12 years of experience as a solicitor and leads a team of junior and senior lawyer. Saima and her team have experience dealing with a wide variety of medical negligence claim types and as the senior solicitor and team leader, Saima is responsible for the progression of cases to the point of settlement or issue.
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