To claim compensation for cosmetic surgery that went wrong, contact Slater and Gordon Lawyers. Find out how you could start a claim on a No Win, No Fee basis by calling our expert medical negligence solicitors for an initial consultation on freephone 0808 175 8000 or start a claim online and we’ll call you.
The quality of treatment given by cosmetic surgeons in the UK is generally very good, and many patients will be happy with the results. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Some cosmetic surgeons in the UK and abroad provide an unsatisfactory standard of treatment. Worse still, they can make errors or mistakes during cosmetic surgery leading to horrific scars and injuries. For some patients, these injuries can be life-changing.
When you have a procedure, you trust and expect it to be performed by a trained, competent and skilled surgeon or medical professional. You also expect to be kept safe from avoidable injuries and for risks to be minimised or eliminated altogether. Lastly but just as importantly, you expect to receive a good standard of aftercare to help you recover quickly.
If you feel that the standard of care you received before, during or after cosmetic surgery didn’t meet your expectations, and you were injured as a result, you may have a claim for compensation.
Contact our cosmetic surgery solicitors on freephone 0808 175 8000 for expert legal advice on what to do next, whether your claim could be successful and how much compensation you could expect to receive if you win your case.
Common cosmetic surgery claims
The cosmetic surgery solicitors at Slater and Gordon have successfully claimed compensation for many people who contacted us after being injured by substandard cosmetic surgery. Common types of compensation claims include:
The surgeon or consultant failing to obtain informed consent from the patient
The patient not receiving enough information about the risks of the procedure before making the decision to go ahead
- Breast enlargement or reduction
- Nose reshaping (rhinoplasty)
- Brow lifts
- Laser skin resurfacing
- Cosmetic dentistry
- Tummy tucks or gastric band surgery
- Defective or substandard products (for example implants) being used
- Other complications of surgery, such as damage to nerves, arteries and organs
When these kinds of procedures go wrong, they can cause a significant amount of distress, pain and damage to the patient. Parts of the body can reject implants or tissue, or become infected, requiring further medical treatment. The result of the surgery in terms of the patient’s appearance may be very different than promised or expected, with mistakes causing problems that will need to be rectified by further surgery.
All of this can be extremely upsetting for the patient. They could be in hospital or recovery for a much longer time than expected, as well as experiencing pain and psychological trauma.
If you’ve been affected by an issue of this kind, our experienced solicitors could help you to claim cosmetic surgery compensation. Please call us on freephone 0808 175 8000 to find out more and to start your claim. You can also make an enquiry online and we’ll be happy to call back at a time that’s convenient for you.
Mistakes following cosmetic surgery
It’s not only during surgery that negligence can take place; errors made during the recovery period can be just as damaging for the patient. Sometimes doctors and nurses make mistakes while patients are recovering from cosmetic surgery, with common errors including failing to notice that a patient is developing an infection.
Contracting an infection isn’t always a sign of negligence, but medical staff failing to note the signs of infection may be. An infection left untreated can be much worse than an infection treated early.
In cases such as this, it’s crucial to have a skilled and experienced cosmetic surgery solicitor by your side. This is because it can be difficult to prove that the infection, or severity of infection, was caused by negligence.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers has the expertise to prove negligence when it happens and to successfully secure cosmetic surgery compensation for our clients. If you need our help, please don’t hesitate to call our cosmetic surgery claims team on freephone 0808 175 8000.
Cosmetic surgery in the UK and abroad
The standards, training, regulation and certification of cosmetic surgery varies across different countries. Even in the UK, many cosmetic surgeons operate on different parts of the body and aren’t always specialists. Many non-surgical treatments are unregulated. However, this doesn’t mean that the patient doesn’t have a right to expect a certain standard of care and to receive safe, competent treatment - no matter where the cosmetic procedure was performed. The medical professionals conducting these treatments have specific guidelines to follow and many need certain qualifications in order to practise.
Many people travel abroad to find cheaper cosmetic surgery, but this can also lead to problems with negligence. The increased number of Brits travelling outside the UK to EU and Eastern Europe for cosmetic surgery treatments has increased the number of claims for cosmetic surgery compensation in the UK.
If you or a member of your family has suffered from a plastic surgery procedure or cosmetic surgery treatment that was performed in the UK or overseas, Slater and Gordon Lawyers can help. We can offer an initial consultation to take the details of what happened, and advise on the next steps to take to start your claim.
How we can help
We can provide immediate representation and rehabilitation support anywhere in England, Scotland and Wales. We also offer home and/or hospital visits for people who can’t visit one of our offices due to the severity of their injuries, disability or because they’re in recovery.
If you’re worried about how much starting a compensation claim will cost, we have good news for you. 98% of Slater and Gordon’s cosmetic surgery claims are handled on a No Win, No Fee basis. They’re funded through a Conditional Fee Agreement, which means that unless you win your case, you won’t pay any legal fees.
Many of our clients find No Win, No Fee arrangements give them confidence to pursue their case and peace of mind that they won’t face any unexpected bills further down the line.
When you contact Slater and Gordon to provide the details of your case, including the type of cosmetic surgery and what went wrong, you can expect honest, realistic and helpful legal advice right from this very early stage. A No Win, No Fee solicitor will review your case and we can help you to understand whether or not you’ve a claim for cosmetic surgery compensation.
Our UK contact centre is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This means that whenever you need our help, we won’t let you down.
Many of the solicitors at Slater and Gordon Lawyers are members of the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel, Action Against Medical Accidents (the UK charity for patient safety and justice), the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and the Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL).