Cosmetic surgery is on the rise and is becoming ever more popular in today’s society. Whilst most cosmetic surgery procedures go ahead as planned, there are cases in which patients suffer complications as a result of a cosmetic surgeon’s negligence.
Cosmetic surgery complications can have long-term consequences, such as a loss of earnings, physical and psychological injuries and health risks.
If you have suffered as a result of cosmetic surgery negligence, you may be eligible to make a clinical negligence claim. Contact Wildwood Legal today to get in touch with our clinical negligence team for more guidance on the claims process.
Common cosmetic surgeries that lead to medical negligence claims
No matter the type of cosmetic surgery you have had, if you have been harmed due to medical mistakes, you may be able to pursue a claim. The most common types of surgeries we see include:
· Breast surgery claims
· Tummy tuck claims
· Brow lift claims
· Facelift claims
· Ear surgery claims
· Rhinoplasty claims
If you have suffered an injury as a result of negligent treatment whilst undergoing one of these surgeries, our medical negligence solicitors may be able to help you make a claim if:
· You did not receive the correct information about the risks of your surgery
· You did not receive the correct aftercare required after your surgery
· Your treatment was not performed to a good enough standard
· A defective product was used in the surgery (such as a damaged implant)
Time limits for making a cosmetic surgery negligence claim
The general rule is that you have three years from the date of the accident to have either settled your claim or started court proceedings where the injury occurred.
The three-year deadline commences from the date that the injury happened or from the date on which you realised that your injury or illness was associated with the cosmetic procedure. The three-year time limit for claiming compensation does not apply to under 18s; however, it will come into effect after their 18th birthday. There is also no time limit for individuals that lack the mental capacity to make a claim themselves.
How are cosmetic surgery claims calculated?
Compensation for cosmetic surgery claims is made up of two areas, general damages and special damages.
General damages cover physical injuries; these damages take the severity of your injuries into consideration as the more severe your injuries are, the higher the compensation levels are likely to be. If you have been left disfigured or disabled as a direct result of medical malpractice, this would be covered by general damages.
Special damages cover the financial impact the medical negligence had. This includes loss of earnings which will depend on the severity of your injuries and the type of job that you do. Special damages also cover any care that you may need. For example, if you suffered health complications due to a plastic surgeon’s negligence, the court would likely reward you with compensation to cover the financial implications of this in the future.
If the Defendant admits liability for your case, you may also be able to receive an interim payment, meaning that you could receive a part-payment of compensation during litigation. These payments are made by the other side before a case is settled in order to aid you to fund a number of vital things such as assistance in daily living or urgent medical care.
How much do cosmetic surgery claims cost?
We will always be 100% transparent about what our charges are; if we take on your medical negligence claim, we will almost always do so on a no win no fee basis (also known as a conditional agreement).
This means that if you do not win your case, you do not pay us any fees at all. If we win the case, we take a small percentage of your compensation, which we will agree with you beforehand, to cover our costs.
We will never ask you to sign anything until you are completely happy with what it is that we are proposing.
How can Wildwood assist?
At Wildwood Legal, we know that the consequences of negligence can be devastating. If you have suffered from this, you need to seek legal advice – That’s where we come in.
We see all too often the significant effect that negligence can have on people’s lives. We can help on the financial side to get you on the road to recovery and help you to maximise the amount of compensation you receive.
Our core strength is in personal injury claims. We are experienced in helping you with any negligence claims that you may want to make. We aim to give you not only quality aid but flexibility and clarity as we know that these qualities are just as important.
Our law firm is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority; therefore, we provide everything that is needed to meet their high standards meaning that we are a trusted law firm. We offer services to individuals located in England and Wales. To make an enquiry, get in contact with us either email us email@example.com or call us 01423 209 046 We have registered offices in Harrogate and London.
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