Cosmetic surgery has become extremely popular over the last decade and not just for the rich and famous. Nose jobs, breast implants and liposuction are just some of the most popular and regularly performed treatments available.
The popularity of these procedures has caused a sharp rise in the number of clinics and cosmetic surgeons operating in the UK. Unfortunately, not all of them are fully qualified to carry out the procedures they offer.
Occasionally, like all surgical procedures, things can go wrong and if you've had a cosmetic treatment which has not been carried out correctly, and you have suffered harm and financial loss, you may wish to consider making a cosmetic surgery compensation claim.
Cosmetic procedures are predominantly elective and rarely a medical necessity. It is a choice that is made, often while knowing the risks involved. However, surgeons carrying out these procedures have a duty of care to their patients and while all surgery is risky, even cosmetic procedures require the same standard of good practice which would be applied to treatment which is medically necessary. If they have failed in this duty of care, you have the right to seek compensation.
Not only can a cosmetic surgery compensation claim help to get your life back on track, by providing funds for corrective surgery and rehabilitation, it can also highlight bad practitioners.
If a surgeon is carrying out procedures that they aren't fully qualified to perform, the General Medical Council needs to be aware of it. You could, potentially, stop the same thing from happening to somebody else.
Bad cosmetic surgery can have long-term negative effects on a person's life so you should definitely feel confident in seeking the compensation you deserve.
Different types of claims
There are a few different types of damages you can claim in respect of cosmetic surgery compensation. It will depend upon the severity of damage caused and whether there has been physical and/or psychological damage caused by the procedure. Maybe you've had to take time off work to recover? Is your health currently at risk because of the work you had done?
Your ability to claim will also depend upon whether the surgeon fully explained the risks to you. A reputable surgeon will always sit down with you and make sure you understand all of the risks before continuing. If they didn't, you have a good chance of winning the case.
Making sure you get the right help
Getting the right help from an experienced solicitor will ensure you receive the full amount of compensation your claim warrants. Experienced medical negligence solicitors can provide advice on whether you have a good case, as well as representation if the case goes to court.
It is important to ensure you choose an experienced, respected solicitor that has at least 10 years' experience in their chosen field.
Cosmetic surgery compensation claims have become more frequent over the past few years. It is important to report any misconduct and negligence that you may have experienced. Hiring a good solicitor will give you peace of mind and help you to get justice for the negligence you have suffered.