If you have been left with lasting disfigurement or pain following treatment, getting the right cosmetic surgery scarring advice can make all the difference to the success of your compensation claim. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we’ll tell you first and foremost that you’ll need an expert solicitor, and then, if you want, we’ll find you one.
What claims are allowed?
If you were injured because a surgeon or the trained staff looking after you did something wrong, you might be able to claim. The same applies if they failed to do something important as part of your package of care. If you were simply unlucky, but you weren’t properly informed about the risks beforehand, you may still have a case.
Normally, you will need to claim within three years of the surgery taking place. There is some flexibility in cases where a severe problem develops later on, so if you’re not sure then you should call our team to ask. We will need a medical report on your scarring in order to take the case forward. You can usually get this from your own doctor, but in some cases you may need an independent assessment.
A specialist solicitor
Medical negligence claims are often complicated and require special expertise. If you come to us for cosmetic surgery scarring advice and decide you want to pursue a claim, we will put you in touch with an expert medical negligence solicitor. This will significantly increase your chances of claiming successfully and of getting a good amount of compensation.
You can keep in touch with your solicitor by phone and you may not need to appear in court. If you are able to supply photographs of your scarring, this will help in your case.
Scarring compensation works a little differently from some other kinds of compensation. If your scarring causes you pain, a successful claim will see you compensated for this. If the problem can be fixed by further surgery, you may receive money to cover the cost of this (if you have already had such surgery, give your solicitor the receipts). Beyond this, what you receive will be based on how severely the scarring is considered to impact your life.
Women usually receive higher payouts for scarring on the face, neck or arms than men do, unless those men work in professions where their looks are important. This is because it is considered that women are more likely to be judged on their looks. Generally speaking, younger people will receive more money than those who are older.
Sending a message
A successful claim for scarring of this sort doesn’t just help the claimant; it also sends a message to the organisation responsible for the mistake, making sure that they take action to prevent other people suffering as you did. If they do not take action and are hit by a series of claims, this will not only raise their insurance premiums — it will also send a message to the public. In this way, your claim can help to protect other people, as well as winning you the compensation you deserve.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 if you need to make a claim for compensation.
Date Published: October 11, 2013
Author: David Brown