Plastic and cosmetic surgery is a very personal undertaking for many people, and when the results are not successful it can be distressing. If problems do occur after plastic surgery or a cosmetic procedure, it can be some time before they are obvious.
If you believe that you have had plastic surgery or a cosmetic procedure which has resulted in a poor outcome or damage to your health, then you may have a claim for compensation due to medical negligence.
Medical negligence in plastic and cosmetic procedures
People undergo plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures for a range of reasons; from traumatic wound reconstruction, to procedures which aim to change or improve a person’s appearance. The results can vary depending on who performs the procedure, as plastic and cosmetic treatment is a highly specialised area. A poor cosmetic outcome is not always the result of negligent treatment, but there are some circumstances which may be the result of negligence. Our medical negligence law experts will be able to look at the specifics of your situation and let you know if you have a claim for compensation.
In some cases, the performance or choice of procedure may be problematic, or the follow-up care after a procedure may not be adequate; which has caused damage to the blood supply of the affected area, or excessive scarring and disfigurement. Even when follow-up or corrective procedures are performed, the ultimate outcome may not be satisfactory.
Common examples of failed plastic or cosmetic procedures include:
- excessive scarring;
- disfigurement or poor appearance of the affected area;
- rashes or changes in skin pigmentation;
- damage to surrounding vessels or tissue and
- mental health effects from the experience.
If your injuries were caused by medical negligence during or after plastic or cosmetic surgery, you may be able to seek compensation to help with your recovery, reimburse any medical expenses or cover any lost income you may have suffered.
Making a compensation claim
Bringing a claim for compensation can help people who may be dealing with these changes, physically and emotionally, by providing the financial support needed to get their lives back on track. This may be to cover the cost of counselling, further medical treatment, surgery or other treatment – everyone’s situation is different. Our experienced medical negligence lawyers will be able to let you know the full extent of what you can claim once we know more about your particular situation.
To find out if you have a claim for compensation, contact Shine Lawyers for a confidential and obligation-free discussion of your options. We’ll run your case on a No Win, No Fee basis, so you don’t pay our legal fees unless we are successful in getting you compensation.
Learn more about the legal claims process and how you can access compensation with our simple, step-by-step guide to compensation claims below.