Thousands of people in the UK have botox or dermal filler injections so that creases in their face appear smoother and they appear younger.
Despite probably largely being fuelled by images of flawless individuals in television adverts and on magazine covers, the desire to remain youthful is understandable – even to those who would never consider undergoing a treatment to roll back the years.
However – although these injections are not as serious a treatment as some other cosmetic operations – just like any medical procedure, these types of treatment are not completely free of risk.
If the equipment is not clean, the injections are inserted into the wrong area, or the incorrect chemical is introduced under a patient’s skin, the side-effects can include severe infection, a deformed appearance, inflammation, and other unpleasant symptoms.
Botox is actually made from the toxin produced by bacterium Clostridium botulinum. This toxin also causes botulism, a life-threatening form of food poisoning. Nonetheless, it is in fact used in many different medical treatments to positive effect.
The toxin is used to weaken or paralyse muscles so that skin in chosen areas of the face appears more relaxed due to the fact that muscular contractions are being prevented.
This treatment is only temporary – lasting about three or four months – before the individual will need to have further injections.
Some dermal fillers are temporary, lasting roughly 6-12 months, and others are semi-permanent, lasting around 18 months.
One of the most popular types of temporary filler injection is made of a synthetic form of Hyaluronic Acid, which is a substance naturally found in humans and animals. Its presence in the body decreases with age, causing skin to lose its plumpness.
Semi-permanent fillers are usually made of a polymethylmethacrylate (synthetic resin) and collagen (naturally occurring protein) mix gel.
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 »