Cosmetic surgery has become extremely popular over the last decade and not just for the rich and famous. Nose jobs, breast implants and liposuction are just some of the most popular and regularly performed treatments available.
The popularity of these procedures has caused a sharp rise in the number of clinics and cosmetic surgeons operating in the UK. Unfortunately, not all of them are fully qualified to carry out the procedures they offer.
Occasionally, like all surgical procedures, things can go wrong and if you’ve had a cosmetic treatment which has not been carried out correctly, and you have suffered harm and financial loss, you may wish to consider making a cosmetic surgery compensation claim.
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Cosmetic procedures are predominantly elective and rarely a medical necessity. It is a choice that is made, often while knowing the risks involved. However, surgeons carrying out these procedures have a duty of care to their patients and while all surgery is risky, even cosmetic procedures require the same standard of good practice which would be applied to treatment which is medically necessary. If they have failed in this duty of care, you have the right to seek compensation.
Not only can a cosmetic surgery compensation claim help to get your life back on track, by providing funds for corrective surgery and rehabilitation, it can also highlight bad practitioners.
If a surgeon is carrying out procedures that they aren’t fully qualified to perform, the General Medical Council needs to be aware of it. You could, potentially, stop the same thing from happening to somebody else.
Bad cosmetic surgery can have long-term negative effects on a person’s life so you should definitely feel confident in seeking the compensation you deserve.
There are a few different types of damages you can claim in respect of cosmetic surgery compensation. It will depend upon the severity of damage caused and whether there has been physical and/or psychological damage caused by the procedure. Maybe you’ve had to take time off work to recover? Is your health currently at risk because of the work you had done?
Your ability to claim will also depend upon whether the surgeon fully explained the risks to you. A reputable surgeon will always sit down with you and make sure you understand all of the risks before continuing. If they didn’t, you have a good chance of winning the case.
Getting the right help from an experienced solicitor will ensure you receive the full amount of compensation your claim warrants. Experienced medical negligence solicitors can provide advice on whether you have a good case, as well as representation if the case goes to court.
It is important to ensure you choose an experienced, respected solicitor that has at least 10 years’ experience in their chosen field.
Cosmetic surgery compensation claims have become more frequent over the past few years. It is important to report any misconduct and negligence that you may have experienced. Appointing a good solicitor will give you peace of mind and help you to get justice for the negligence you have suffered.
4th December 2018
Jonathan Austen-Jones represented the Claimant (“ER”), a 53 years old man who was taken by ambulance to the Royal Sussex County Hospital on 4 March 2017 after suffering with abdominal pain over the previous two days. Continue reading »
RH sought help and advice from Jonathan Austen-Jones to investigate a potential claim for clinical negligence against the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust following back surgery carried out by one of its orthopaedic and spinal specialists.
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29th November 2018
Gazebos are used by all kinds of organisations when attending events up and down the country. It may not seem that an employer’s duty to assess and minimise workplace risks would extend to tasks such as carrying and assembling gazebos, but a recent case shows that it does. Continue reading »
28th November 2018
In order to succeed in a ‘secondary victim’ claim as a result of clinical negligence it is necessary to establish that the claimant suffered psychiatric illness or injury – as opposed to grief, sorrow, deprivation or the need to provide care for the loved one who has suffered the injury – as a result of witnessing a sudden, shocking event. Given the number of hurdles a claimant has to clear to show that the many tests have been met, there have been very few successful claims to date. Continue reading »
26th November 2018
Two recent cases illustrate that employers need to be vigilant in assessing tripping and slipping hazards in areas where workers perform their tasks. If they fail in this duty, those who are injured as a result may be able to claim compensation. Continue reading »
23rd November 2018
A radical proposal for cycling awareness has been unveiled by the government. The plans include a series of measures to improve safety for vulnerable road users, and to encourage and support cycling. The aim is to reduce the significant number of serious and fatal accidents suffered by cyclists. Continue reading »
24th July 2017
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has announced measures to tackle fraudulent sickness claims. Fraudulent claims of food poisoning by holidaymakers which are false or exaggerated claims, could result in British tourists paying higher package holiday prices. Continue reading »
27th February 2017
The last revision of the discount rate was undertaken on 25th June 2001, when it was set at 2.5%. From 20th March 2017, the rate drops from 2.5% to minus 0.75%. It is a change of 3.25 percentage points. Continue reading »
21st January 2016
Jonathan Austen-Jones acted on behalf of the applicant in this case who was the subject of sexual abuse at the hands of his step-father between the ages of about 5 and 7.
An initial application for compensation pursuant to the 1990 Scheme was made in 1992 and in June 1996 he was awarded £10,000.00 in respect of the abuse he had suffered. This award was clearly too low and it appears that no psychiatric evidence was before the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). Continue reading »
Jonathan Austen-Jones acted on behalf of the claimant in her claim for damages for clinical negligence. The claim arose from the tragic loss of her baby’s life as a consequence of the failure of the Defendant Trust, appreciating that baby B had a Group B streptococcus infection at his birth on the night of the 1st January 2009, resulting in baby B’s death at 00.55 hours on the 3rd January 2009. Continue reading »