Cosmetic surgery negligence

Doctors, plastic surgeons, beauty therapists and other practitioners have a duty to ensure your well-being and safety while you are in their care.

If a mistake was made during your cosmetic surgery treatment, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries and losses.

Our experienced solicitors can take on most types of cosmetic surgery and beauty therapy claims, including:

Before performing cosmetic surgery, the medical practitioner should discuss with you any known risks involved in the procedure. If there are alternative procedures available then these should be explained to you.

By its very nature cosmetic surgery is not something that has to be carried out on an emergency basis. The patient should therefore be allowed enough time to think it over and weigh up the risks of the treatment before proceeding.

If an error is made then you will be entitled to make a cosmetic surgery compensation claim.

To find out where you stand, call our free legal helpline on 0808 139 1592 or send an email to us at [email protected]

Cosmetic Surgery Negligence CompensationVictims of cosmetic surgery negligence can claim compensation for:

  1. physical and psychological injuries resulting from the negligent cosmetic surgery;
  2. medical expenses, including any costs of correcting the cosmetic surgery;
  3. loss of earnings;
  4. the cost of care; and
  5. out of pocket expenses.

Compensation for your injuries arising from the cosmetic surgery negligence will normally be based on medical evidence in the form of a doctor's report. Compensation will also be awarded for any expenses or financial losses that are incurred as a direct result of the negligent treatment.

Victims will often require extensive and expensive treatment to correct the surgery and the cost of that treatment on a private basis can be added to the legal claim.

Compensation for the cost of care (or the value of any care provided by friends and family) can be claimed in addition.

Full details of your losses have to be provided, supported with invoices and receipts where appropriate, so it is important that you keep an accurate record of your losses.

Compensation for physical and psychological injury arising from negligent cosmetic surgery varies from case to case and will largely depend on the severity of the injury, the expected recovery period and the degree to which you have been left with permanent damage.

The court categorise injuries, and the amount of compensation you are entitled to claim will reflect the category that your injuries are allocated to.

As an illustration, scarring, especially facial scarring, is categoried according to how serious it is.  'Trivial scarring' usually attracts awards of up to £3,000, while the courts will award up to around £26,000 for 'significant scarring' and £85,000 for what it regards as 'very severe scarring'.

Factors such as a victim's age, gender and the part of the body affected will influence the amount of compensation the court awards for scarring. So, a young woman who suffers scarring to her face will usually receive more compensation than an old man who suffers scarring to his back, for example.

As a further illustration of how the courts categorise an injury, we can take psychological injuries arising from negligent cosmetic surgery. Psychiatric damage where the injury is classified by the court as 'less severe' will merit awards of up to £5,000, whereas a victim who suffers 'severe' psychiatric injury with very little prospect of recovering may receive in excess of £100,000 for their injuries.

And there are sometimes very wide variations within a category. Compensation for Post Traumatice Stress Disorder (PTSD) for example attracts awards ranging from anything between £3,000 through to £80,000, and beyond.

As your solicitors it is our job to obtain evidence to maximise the compensation you can expect to recover. It therefore pays to consult specialist cosmetic surgery lawyers.

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If you ask us to deal with your cosmetic surgery claim on a no win, no fee basis then a 'success fee' is payable if you win your case and receive compensation.

The amount that a client has to pay will vary from case to case, but it will never exceed 25% of the total compensation awarded to you. This means you will receive a minimum of 75% of the award and in many cases the percentage will be much higher. This is because the success fee is based on the amount of work we have to carry out, rather than how much compensation you receive.

Please feel free to contact us if you would like to chat about no win, no fee case funding and the likely success fee.

One of the most common questions we get asked is, 'If I lose my cosmetic surgery negligence claim, will I have to pay legal fees?'

This concern is an understandable one. It is natural to be worried about liability for costs when contemplating legal action.

However, because we offer genuine no win, no fee funding for your cosmetic surgery negligence claim you do not need to let anxiety about legal fees put you off seeking justice.

No win, no fee funding means that if you lose your case, then we won’t charge you anything for the legal work we have carried out on your behalf.

We are able to fund most cosmetic surgery claims on a no win, no fee basis, but other forms of case funding are also available.

For further information about making a cosmetic surgery negligence claim on a no win, no fee basis, simply send an email to us at [email protected] with brief details of your case. We will assess the claim for free and let you know if we are able work on a no win, no fee basis.

Alternatively you can have a chat about case funding generally and no win, no fee funding in particular you can do so by calling our free legal helpline on 0808 139 1592 and speaking to one of our specialist cosmetic surgery negligence lawyers.

Take advantage of our free, no-obligation, cosmetic surgery case assessment service.

Simply contact us with the details of your case and we will provide you with free initial legal guidance. We will also let you know if we can deal  with your cosmetic surgery claim on a no win, no fee basis.

Call 0808 139 1592 to speak to a cosmetic surgery negligence lawyer or send an email to us at [email protected] with brief details of your case.