The rise of cosmetic claims since Covid-19

We specialise in cosmetic claims. To find out where you stand and for details of No Win, No Fee funding, call for a free assessment on 0808 139 1592 or send brief details by email to [email protected]

Since the cosmetic surgery sector reopened for business following lockdown, the industry has reported an upsurge in patients enquiring about cosmetic treatments. With the growing influence of social media people increasingly feel they need to resort to cosmetic treatments to be accepted in today’s society. However, The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) has urged people to be cautious and to do their homework before going ahead with cosmetic surgery in order to avoid disappointment, or worse, injury.

Our own team of specialist lawyers has noted a rise in the number of cosmetic claims in the last year or so and are here to help those who become victims of negligent or substandard treatment.

What can go wrong with a cosmetic treatment?

Common injuries associated with cosmetic surgery include:

  • Skin conditions, such as dermatitis;
  • Scarring;
  • Burns;
  • Infections;
  • Allergic reactions;
  • Swelling and bruising; and
  • Blurred vision.

What should I do if my cosmetic treatment does go wrong?

In order to make a cosmetic claim it is helpful for us to have all the available information and evidence to support your case. This includes:

  • proof that the cosmetic surgeon or beautician has insurance in place;
  • photographs of the injury suffered;
  • your medical records;
  • details of the cosmetic surgeon or beautician responsible for your treatment and the clinic, spa, or salon where it was carried out;
  • the receipt for the treatment you received; and
  • any correspondence you have had with the cosmetic surgeon or beautician, or the clinic, spa, or salon..

How much compensation do people get for cosmetic claims?

Each case is different, and the amount of compensation awarded for cosmetic claims will be based on a number of individual factors, such as the severity of the injury and any financial losses incurred. To give you a very rough idea here are some guidelines for injuries arising from dermal lip fillers.

Dermal Lip Filler Injuries suffered Compensation Amount Description of injury
Minor injury A few hundred pounds-£690 Complete recovery within 7 days
Minor injury £690-£1,370 Complete recovery within 28 days
Minor injury £1,370-£2,450 Complete recovery within 3 months
Less Severe psychological injury £1,540-£5,860 The amount of compensation provided will be determined by the extent to which sleep, and daily activities were affected, as well as the length of the period of disability.
Moderate psychological injury £5,860-£19,070 An individual may have experience issues with regards to future vulnerability, their relationships, and their ability to cope with work and life.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder £3,950-£23,150 An individual will make a full recovery within one to two years and only minor symptoms will persist over any longer period
Minor scarring £1,710-£3,530 Trivial scarring
More significant scarring £3,950-£13,740 One scar which can be camouflaged or a number of small scars – not likely to affect appearance.
Very severe scarring with some psychological reaction £9,110-£30,090 Where the worst effects are reduced by surgery (typically in teens to early 30s) and the psychological reaction is severe.

 

How can we help?

the overwhelming majority of cosmetic claims we deal with are funded on a No Win, No Fee basis. This means that if your claim is unsuccessful then you will not be required to pay any legal fees.

If you or someone you know has been let down by a cosmetic treatment that has gone wrong, contact Carly Sylvester on 0808 139 1592 or via email at [email protected] for a free case case assessment.

 

Cosmetic claims increasing