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Cosmetic Surgery Claims: No Win, No Fee

Cosmetic surgery negligence can have life-changing consequences to your quality of life. If you have undergone a cosmetic procedure that has gone wrong, seeking professional legal advice is the first step. We want to help you receive the compensation you are entitled to.

Cosmetic surgery is valued at around £3.6 billion in the UK and the cosmetic surgery industry is growing rapidly.

Due to the fact that cosmetic surgery is not often made available on the NHS, many people opt for private procedures.

A wide variety of cosmetic surgery procedures are non-surgical. For example; laser hair removal, microdermabrasion and chemical peels, lip and dermal fillers, tattoo removal, skin lightening, and permanent make up. Whilst these are non-surgical, there is still an element of risk involved that can be caused as a result of clinical negligence.

More invasive, surgical procedures carry a more serious degree of risk. Typically, these domestic surgeries include; breast enlargements and reductions, facelifts, liposuction, tummy tucks, nose jobs (rhinoplasty), hair transplants and ear corrections.

 

Choosing a Surgeon

Getting the right cosmetic surgeon for your procedure is an important step in reducing the risk of medical accidents.

The General Medical Council register lists around 245,000 doctors in the UK. The register guarantees that ‘revalidation’ checks have been carried out every five years to check the doctor is physically and mentally capable of doing their job.

An appraisal is conducted annually and reviews from patients they have carried procedures out on are looked into. The GMC has the authority to restrict, temporarily suspend or completely remove the doctor from the register, which would end their career if they feel he or she is a danger to patients.

It should be noted that doctors who carry out private cosmetic surgery do not have to be listed as a specialist in the area, they only legally have to be registered to work as a doctor.

Doctors from other countries often enter the UK to work in clinics and are not on the GMC register, if they aren’t then it, unfortunately, means the patient does not have the guarantee they would with a fully registered professional.

Although not legally required, surgeons should be a member of ‘BAPRAS’ – British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons, or ‘BAAPS’ The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.

 

Can you sue if cosmetic surgery goes wrong?

If your surgery goes wrong, then you are entitled to make a claim. Typically, claims for cosmetic surgery are usually because:

  • Injuries & pain caused by the surgery
  • Disfigurement caused by the surgery
  • Unexpected results from the treatment
  • Not enough information on risks was provided before undergoing a treatment
  • Getting poor aftercare treatment after the surgery

It is important to note that the NHS will only intervene if a complication to cosmetic surgery is life-threatening and needs rectifying.

If you are unsure if you have a claim, Rotheras offer a Free Claim Assessment. During this assessment, a member of our personal injury team will talk to you to understand the circumstances of your injury. Following on from this we will make a recommendation on if you have a claim.

 

What if I don’t like the results of my cosmetic surgery, can I make a claim?

If your surgery didn’t result in any injuries, and it is simply a matter that you don’t like the results, then you may still have a claim.

This will depend on the information that you were provided before the surgery took place.

In these circumstances, it is best to discuss your individual case with a qualified solicitor.

At Rotheras, we offer a Free Claim Assessment where we can advise you if you have a claim or not. You can call us on 0115 910 6220 or send us a message to request a call back.

 

How can I pay for my medical negligence claim?

You can make your medical negligence claim for cosmetic surgery under a no win no fee basis.

This is when your claim process is handled in a way that should you lose, you will not be liable for any of your legal fees with us.

If you win your claim, you will only need to pay back up to 25% of the awarded compensation claim.

Information About No Win, No Fee

 

How long do I have to make a compensation claim?

All personal injury claims, which included cosmetic surgery claims, have a legal time limitation to them. By law, compensation claims must be made within three years of when the accident occurred or when the injuries from the accident were first noted.

Due to this time limitation, we advise that you contact a solicitor as soon as possible. The more time available to investigate, gather evidence and negotiate with the other party will increase your chance of a successful compensation award.

 

Breast Surgery

Breast augmentation is the enlargement of the breast, usually by inserting an implant beneath the breast tissue. Reduction Mammoplasty (breast reduction) is an operation to make the breasts smaller, by taking away fat, breast tissue and skin. The nipples are lifted and the breasts are reshaped to form smaller breasts. Other common procedures include nipple reduction or implant revision.

Having breast surgery go wrong not only impacts you physically but can severely impact your mental health and confidence.

Our cosmetic surgery solicitors can help you claim compensation if you have experienced negligent treatment following breast augmentation or reduction/nipple reduction or implant revision.

 

Liposuction

Liposuction is a technique to remove unwanted fat deposits through surgery. It involves breaking up and “sucking” out fat from places that are typically hard to remove from exercise or diet.

Negligence claims for liposuction usually come from unexpected pain, scarring or disfigurement.

Our specialist team at Rotheras can help you claim compensation if you experienced negligent treatment following Liposuction treatment.

 

Hair transplant

Substandard hair transplants can have a serious impact on a person’s physical appearance and, consequently, their confidence.

Some patients are so unhappy with the results that they choose to have further treatment to correct the original procedure.

Compensation can help you secure access to corrective surgery from an experienced and skilled surgeon.

Our solicitors can help you get that compensation so you are able to secure the corrective surgery you require.

 

Laser Eye Surgery

Laser eye surgery is intended to correct common eye disorders.

Unfortunately, it is not unknown for the procedure to go wrong. Laser eye surgery going wrong can result in very serious problems for the patient which are often permanent.

If you have experienced negligent laser eye surgery, our specialist medical negligence solicitors can help you make a compensation claim.

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Greg qualified as a solicitor in 2006 and has specialised in Personal Injury for more than 14 years. He acts for clients who have suffered life changing injuries. Greg also specialises in cosmetic and clinical negligence claims.

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Paul Smith is a Personal Injury Solicitor at Nottingham-based law firm Rotheras Solicitors; he has 19 years’ experience working as a Personal Injury solicitor, covering a broad range of injury cases.

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Jasmine Jackson is a Solicitor in the Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence department at Rotheras and is based at our Lace Market Office.

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Rebecca is a Senior Paralegal in the Personal Injury department at Rotheras and is based at our Lace Market Office

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Eva Best is a Paralegal in Rotheras’ Personal Injury department and is based at our Lace Market office in the heart of Nottingham City Centre.

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Hannah Manewell is a Personal Injury Solicitor at Nottingham-based law firm Rotheras Solicitors and has spent the entirety of her 13 year career working in Personal Injury, covering a broad range of injury cases.

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