What is cosmetic surgery?
Cosmetic surgery is becoming increasingly popular. It is usually elective; a patient who undergoes cosmetic surgery has generally chosen to do so, in order to make changes to their appearance. Common procedures include breast augmentation or reduction, face lifts, neck lifts, eye reshaping, liposuction and tummy tucks.
What if my cosmetic surgery goes wrong?
As with other surgical techniques, cosmetic surgery has its risks, including nerve damage, bleeding and infection and the hospitals and private clinics that offer such procedures must properly inform patients of them. In addition, the patient must have a proper understanding of what the surgery can and cannot achieve. If the treatment is not satisfactory and results in avoidable harm, it may be possible to make a cosmetic surgery claim. In addition to the physical problems associated with mistakes or accidents in the operating theatre or sub-standard aftercare, the psychological damage that can result if a cosmetic procedure goes wrong can be significant.
Procedures that can lead to a cosmetic surgery claim
- Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)
- Breast enhancement surgery (augmentation)
- Breast reduction surgery or lifting (mastopexy)
- Brow lift surgery
- Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty)
- Face or neck lift surgery
- Liposuction and fat transfer
- Otoplasty (ear reshaping)
- Rhinoplasty (nose job)
No Win No Fee
- Pay nothing upfront
- Pay nothing as the claim progresses
- Pay nothing if you lose
What is medical negligence?
Medical negligence means that harm has been caused through medical treatment because the care you received was not up to the accepted standard. Medical negligence (also called clinical negligence) can happen in a number of situations which include: when there are problems during labour, leading to a birth injury to the baby or injury to the mother when…
How long will my claim take?
It can take 12-18 months to investigate a medical negligence claim. Most cases are then settled but, if a claim goes all the way to Trial, it can take a number of years to reach its conclusion. Particularly complex claims, such as those involving birth injuries and catastrophic injury, can take several years to determine the…
Can I get Legal Aid?
If the claim relates to a brain injury suffered by a child at, or around the time of, birth, it may be possible to arrange for it to be funded through the Legal Aid Scheme. In that event, the Legal Aid Agency will be responsible for all of our fees and expenses and both you…
How much will it cost me to make a claim?
If we take on your medical negligence claim and you are not eligible for Legal Aid, we will offer you a Conditional Fee Agreement which is known as a ‘No Win No Fee’ Agreement. This means that you will not need to pay anything upfront, there are no hidden costs and you pay nothing if…
What can making a medical negligence claim achieve?
Court proceedings are extremely costly, stressful and time consuming. Therefore, it is important to understand what we can and cannot achieve. We are lawyers and our role in helping you to bring a claim for medical negligence is to try to obtain financial compensation for the injury that has been have suffered. Whilst we try…
Mrs Heath’s cosmetic surgeon had agreed to perform a face lift together with a neck lift. During the surgery, the surgeon decided the neck lift wasn’t necessary and so did not do it. Mrs Heath was not satisfied with the outcome and made a claim on the basis of breach of contract and negligence.Read more