Any surgical procedure comes with slight risks, but these are often outweighed by the benefits. Nose surgery may be performed to correct a permanent deformity or to correct an underlying medical condition. Common procedures include a rhinoplasty and a septoplasty. Rhinoplasty deals with the re-shaping of the nose whereas septoplasty corrects deformities of the septum to improve breathing. There are different reasons for the recommendation of nose surgery including to improve nose bleeds, to improve breathing, to correct deformities or to remove tumours which are likely to spread. Some procedures are conducted for medical reasons whereas other procedures may be cosmetic. Although there are some risks associated with these procedures, these will be explained to you beforehand and a good surgeon will work hard to reduce the chances of injury during surgery. However, on rare occasions, negligent nose surgery may occur and a patient may suffer a permanent or long-term injury which has an effect on their daily life.
What injuries could I sustain?
Nose surgery is a delicate procedure and should always be performed by a professional cosmetic surgeon or an Otolaryngologist who specialises in the treatment of ear, nose and throat disorders. There are small risks of pain, impaired healing and headaches after surgery but, in some cases, complications may occur. This may be due to negligence on the part of your surgeon or another medical professional involved in referring you for surgery or involved in the procedure. Complications because of negligence may include damage to the eye, permanent loss of taste or smell, nerve damage or abnormal bleeding. You may be able to make a claim for compensation where there is evidence of negligent nose surgery.
Negligent nose surgery and compensation
You will be able to receive some no-obligation advice from the Accident Advice Helpline regarding your compensation claim. Just give us a call on our 24-hour helpline – 0800 689 0500 – to speak to an expert and you will then be free to decide whether you wish to proceed. You will not be charged a fee unless we win your case therefore you won’t have to dip into your own finances to fund your medical negligence claim. If there is evidence of negligence and you were injured during a procedure, you have the right to make a claim to help pay the cost of medical help or any loss of wages.
Date Published: July 22, 2014
Author: David Brown