The Specialist Cosmetic Surgery Negligence firm
In the last decade, cosmetic surgery has been on the increase. Over lockdown, plastic surgery enquiries and online searches were up 64% in the UK and 300% in Australia.
We know that undertaking any form of cosmetic procedure is a big decision and not one that anybody takes lightly. There is a huge amount of trust placed in the hands of the surgeon and so when procedures go wrong, this can be incredibly distressing, both emotionally and financially.
There have been continuing concerns over the lack of regulation throughout the field of cosmetic surgeries, perhaps led by a rise in the varying types of providers now offering things like Botox and lip fillers- whereas before this was seen exclusively as something you would go to a specialist clinic for, these forms of cosmetic alteration can now be had in local high street beauticians.
How can Freeman Harris help you with your plastic surgery claim?
Our team at Freeman Harris solicitors will be with you every step of the way through a cosmetic surgery claim, which can arise from the failure of a variety of procedures such as
- Tummy tucks (Abdominoplasty)
All of our initial consultations are free of charge and we offer a no win-no fee funding arrangement to all of our clients.
Our Legal Team
Common Cosmetic/Plastic Surgery Questions
Cosmetic surgeons can be sued like any medical doctor, but because cosmetic surgery involves procedures that you choose to have, it can make it difficult to bring a successful claim- you may not be happy with the final result, but this doesn’t always amount to medical negligence.
However, you are entitled to expect a duty of care, and we understand that as the result of a procedure gone wrong and where you expectations have been massively under delivered, you may be left in both physical and emotional pain, unsure of what to do.
Our team at Freeman Harris could assist you in making a claim if:
- You were not advised fully of all of the risks of the procedure
- Your procedure was not executed to the expected standard
- A defective product was used
- The compensation you receive can pay for corrective treatments or counselling that you may need.
Generally speaking, because cosmetic surgery is an elective process, and is not performed to treat an illness, there is no health insurance policy that would cover this. However, if you have difficulty in breathing because of the shape of your nose or are experiencing severe back pain owing to overly large breasts, these procedures may be viable through insurance policies. Tummy tucks, if excessive weight is causing significant health issues, can also be available via insurance policies.
- Post-operative infections
- Negligent injection of chemicals used for cosmetic purposes
- Complications from anaesthesia
Our expert team at Freeman Harris will have an initial consultation with you to talk about what exactly has happened and what could happen moving forward and assessing if there is a claim to be made.
- Speak to your surgeon- A good first step is to talk with your surgeon, to remain open and clear about how you are feeling in terms of your expectations not being met, and see if they will readily explain what happened.
- Second Cosmetic Procedure
- Finding a new Cosmetic Surgeon
- Filing a formal complaint- This is a formal process which will open up protocol on their side, however it is worth noting that most patients are not satisfied with the outcome of making a formal complaint.
- Legal Action- this may be appropriate in your case, and our specialist team will endeavour to obtain the compensation you deserve.
It doesn’t matter where the procedure was carried out, whether on the high street at a beautician’s salon, or in a hospital, your claim will be valid no matter where the procedure took place. Common procedures that we advise on include:
- Rhinoplasty (Nose Job)
- Gastric Band Operations
- Blepharoplasty (Eye Lift)
- Dermal Fillers (Fillers)
- Laser Treatments
At Freeman Harris, we look at each case individually, however there are recurring issues that can occur resulting in a successful claim:
- Failure to disclose all risks and potential complications
- Failure to advise on all treatment options available
- The recommendation of inappropriate surgery or treatment
- Substandard performance of the procedure
Whilst you may have signed a consent form, this doesn’t mean that you were fully informed of what you were signing your consent to. Since 2015, The Supreme Court has now ruled that a surgeon or practitioner must ensure that a patient is fully informed of all of the potential risks and what alternative options are available to them. You may have felt rushed or pressurised to sign the form without fully understanding what it was you were consenting to.
If it can be proved that the care provided fell below an acceptable standard, a patient is entitled to bring a claim regardless of whether consent was given. All surgeons and practitioners must be fully insured, this should be something that you should check prior to undertaking any cosmetic surgery procedure. If something goes wrong and there is no insurance, you may have limited opportunity to make a claim against them.
If the procedure happened inside of the EU or if you arranged private treatment abroad, then you may be able to claim through the UK Courts.
Yes. If you buy something over £100 and pay for any part of it on a credit card, the card company is jointly liable if anything goes wrong with the products. It needs to be appreciated that if it has been over 3 years, this is outside of limitation and you won’t be able to bring a claim.
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Medical Negligence Fees
|Medical Negligence Claim||No Win, No Fee, Generally|
|Medical Negligence Claim Review||No Fees|
|Medical Reports (If Required)||TBD|