It seems inevitable that the number of unfortunate patients seeking legal help can only increase, as the cosmetic surgery industry increases; according to the BBC cosmetic procedures saw an increase of 17% in 2014 from the previous year.
Although the majority of cosmetic surgery patients benefit from its positive effects, no surgical procedure comes without risk. Unfortunately negligence in cosmetic procedures, both surgical and non-invasive can happen, common Issues such as scarring and infection can occur.
Types of cosmetic surgery claims:
- Tummy tuck
- Breast surgery/Implants
- Tattoo Removal/Other related skin treatments
As the cosmetic surgery industry is so lightly regulated the number of affected patients is increasing.
Recent cosmetic surgery cases
Recently in the news a woman died after she was given illegal silicone implants in her buttocks by a surgeon who had no medical training but had picked up tips from doctors overseas. Within a day the silicone had circulated up to her lungs and had stopped her heart. According to Sky News the silicone that was used was in fact industrial grade silicon which is used on manufacturing materials including glass metal and plastic surfaces, a silicone substance which has now proven to be fatal if injected into the body.
Glamour Model, Katie Price who has had 7 breast augmentation surgeries revealed that she wishes that she had done more thorough research before putting her trust in a surgeon. According to the Daily Mail she stated, ‘I wish I knew that when I was younger because I could’ve saved myself a lot of heartache and surgery’. However after undergoing another breast enlargement recently, she has had to go back to her natural breast size due to infected implants.
Can you claim compensation for your cosmetic surgery procedure?
You may be able to make a compensation claim if:
- There was a surgical error made during your procedure.
- You have had to undergo further surgery to repair the damage or complications caused from the initial surgery.
- If you have suffered unnecessarily during or after your cosmetic procedure.
- If you were not correctly informed of the risks involved for your procedure.
- If a faulty product was used during your procedure.
Successful cosmetic surgery claim
A previous case that was successfully dealt with here at Bray and Bray, involved an individual getting severe scarring and burns from having their tattoo removed by a laser at a private clinic. It was discovered that the laser had been changed part way through the process of one of the sessions and that as a result of not testing the laser, it was too strong and burnt the client.
Making a compensation claim for cosmetic surgery
Bray & Bray have three main offices across Leicestershire, feel free to phone or pop in to talk to our specialist personal injury solicitors.