Dermal fillers gone wrong: How to make a dermal lip filler compensation claim

There is no denying that big lips are the current craze, resulting in people attempting to ‘get the look’ with the use of dermal lip fillers.

However, dermal fillers frequently go wrong. When disaster strikes you may be able to make a dermal filler compensation claim. Here is an overview of what is involved in making a compensation claim when dermal fillers go wrong. For a FREE assessment of your claim you can contact our helpline on 0808 139 1592.

What is dermal lip filler?

Dermal lip fillers are used to increase the volume and definition of the lips. The lip filler itself is made of Hyaluronic Acid, which is naturally found within the human body. 

What is the lip filler procedure?

A numbing cream is placed on the lips to ensure they are numb and relaxed before the filler is injected directly into the lips. This procedure is usually quick to administer and is more or less pain free.

What can go wrong with a dermal lip filler?

Lip fillers are an aesthetic procedure, therefore there will always be some risks involved. According to a study conducted by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) 69% of surgeons have examined a patient who has experienced problems arising from lip fillers. Where patients had issues arising from a permanent filler, an alarming 84% required a corrective surgical procedure or were assessed as being beyond surgical help.

Among the problems commonly encountered with dermal lip fillers are:

  • Lumps in the lips or asymmetric lips;
  • Leaking implants;
  • Allergic reaction causing swelling, redness or itching;
  • Severe and prolonged swelling or bruising of the lips;
  • Infection in the lips;
  • Tissue loss following injection into a blood vessel; and
  • Scarring.

Can I make a compensation claim for dermal lip fillers gone wrong?

In order to make a dermal lip filler compensation claim we will need to prove that there has been a mistake made in administering the procedure. 

The beauty therapist or practitioner who administered the lip filler may have failed to inform you of the side effects or risks associated with the procedure, preventing you from making a rational decision on whether you wish to proceed. If they have failed to do this, they you may have a claim for compensation.

Alternatively, the dermal lip filler may have been administered incorrectly. This can occur, for instance, when too much filler is injected into the lips. Problems can also arise when fillers are positioned incorrectly, causing lumps, bruising and severe swelling.  

What should I do if my dermal lip filler goes wrong?

In order to make a dermal lip filler compensation claim it is important that we have all the information and necessary evidence to support the case. This may include the following:

  • proof that the beautician or practitioner has insurance in place to carry out dermal lip fillers;
  • photographs of the cosmetic appearance of the treatment;
  • your medical or hospital records;
  • details of the practitioner, clinic, spa or salon responsible for your treatment;
  • the receipt for the treatment you received; and
  • any correspondence you have had with the practitioner, clinic, spa or salon, including any report made by you.

Can I make a dermal lip filler claim if I signed a disclaimer?

You may be able to make a claim even if you have signed a legal disclaimer. Signing a disclaimer does not mean the practitioner or the clinic, spa or salon is immune from having a compensation claim made against them. They have a legal duty to ensure you are not harmed and that duty applies even if a disclaimer was signed.

What could prevent me from claiming dermal lip filler compensation?

There are strict time limits on bringing a compensation claim for personal injury. You must settle your claim or issue court proceedings prior to the third anniversary of the incident giving rise to your injuries; or the date you became aware of them. It is therefore important that you speak to a specialist lawyer as soon as you suspect there is a potential problem.

How much compensation is awarded for dermal fillers gone wrong?

When dermal fillers go wrong, people understandably want to know how much compensation they could be eligible to receive. Each case is different and the amount of compensation will depend upon the nature of the injuries suffered and any financial losses incurred. Although we cannot provide exact figures for your particular dermal lip filler claim, please see below some guidelines that have been determined by Judges for injuries that can arise in dermal lip filler compensation claims.

Injuries suffered

Compensation

Description of injury

Minor injuries

A few hundred pounds-£600

Complete recovery within 7 days

Minor injuries

£600-£1,200

Complete recovery within 28 days

Minor injuries

£1,200-£2,150

Complete recovery within 3 months

Less Severe psychological injury

£1,350-£5,130

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

£5,130-£16,720

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

£3,460-£20,290

An individual will make a full recovery within one to two years and only minor symptoms will persist over any longer period

Minor scarring

£1,500-£3,090

Trivial scarring

More significant scarring

£3,460-£12,050

One scar which can be camouflaged or a number of small scars – not likely to affect appearance.

Very severe scarring with some psychological reaction

£26,120-£85,340

Where the worse effects have been or will be reduced by plastic surgery (typically in teens to early 30s) and the psychological reaction is severe.

If the type of injury you suffered is not listed above, then please give us a call and we will be able to guide you further.

How we can help

Almost all the claims we deal with are funded on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that if you are unsuccessful in your claim for whatever reason, you will not be required to pay any legal fees.

If you or someone you know has been let down by lip fillers that have gone wrong, contact Carly Sylvester on 0808 139 1592 or via email at info@cosmeticsurgerylaw.co.uk for a free case assessment.