Cosmetic surgery has the potential to change people’s lives for the better by making them happier and more comfortable in their own skin.
But when surgical procedures go wrong, they can have devastating consequences for those involved.
At Browell Smith & Co we have helped many of our clients get the compensation they deserve when cosmetic surgery has failed meet the required standards.
The private cosmetic surgery industry is expanding rapidly, but it is an industry that is poorly regulated and many procedures fall outside of what little regulation there is.
Often the clinics who have arranged the treatment are reluctant to accept that procedures have gone wrong, leaving patients to find their own remedial treatment for what are often devastating injuries sustained through no fault of their own.
Sometimes the procedure has been performed without the necessary skill, or the follow-up treatment has been negligent leading to infection or excessive scar tissue.
There are also occasions where pre-operative consultations are limited or of poor quality and the patient is left with very little understanding as to the procedure which will be carried out and the risks and potential negative effects of the surgery.
Browell Smith & Co has a team that specialises in cosmetic surgery cases and if you believe that you have had a negligent cosmetic procedure we can help.
You may have a claim for cosmetic surgery compensation if, for example, you were poorly advised about the procedure that was to be undertaken and what result to expect from the procedure.
If a cosmetic procedure was not performed to the expected standard envisaged by you or if a defective product was used (a faulty or damaged implant for example), then you will also have a claim.
Failure to provide adequate aftercare, for example a failure to identify and treat an infection, or a failure to advise you that the surgical outcome had not been successfully carried out, are common complaints for which a claim can be made.
Some of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures that have resulted in successful claims include: Breast Augmentation; Eyelid Surgery; Face/Neck Lift; Breast Reduction; Rhinoplasty; Abdominoplasty; Liposuction; Fat Transfer and Brow Lifts.
If you believe that you have received poor surgical treatment we can offer initial free consultation to plan what to do next.
Our team are always happy to explain what can be done and how we can help resolve your case.
As with all claims for personal injury compensation there are time limits within which a claim must be lodged with the Court.
For accident claims, court proceedings must be started within three years from the date of your accident.
For occupational disease cases Court proceedings must be started within three years from the date when you first had reasonable grounds to believe that you may be suffering from a condition which has been caused by a third party. This may be your employer or it could be another organisation with whom you worked or who operated a premises close by.
In the event that court proceedings are not started within three years from the relevant date, the negligent party may be able to escape paying compensation on the basis that your claim is out of time.
The law surrounding the time limits for industrial disease compensation is extremely complex and issues will differ from case to case, particularly when seeking compensation on behalf of a former family member. It is not always necessary to have a firm diagnosis from a medical practitioner for the time limit to commence. In these circumstances you seek legal advice from a specialist as soon as you experience symptoms which you believe may have been caused by a third party.
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