With more and more people turning to surgery to make them feel happier about the way they look, we’ve seen an increasing number of cosmetic surgery scarring claims in recent years. Some people think they can’t get help with these because they chose to have the surgery despite knowing there were risks, but that’s not quite true. While some things are the responsibility of the patient, other things aren’t, and often people who have suffered scarring are fully within their rights to sue for compensation.
One of the most common issues we come across in cases like this is that cosmetic surgery clinic staff have not properly explained the risks of a procedure to the patient about to undergo it. Usually, before you have surgery, you’ll receive a form listing what might go wrong. A doctor or nurse will talk you through this and you’ll be asked to sign it. If this didn’t happen or if the kind of scarring you suffered was not mentioned on that list, you could be entitled to compensation.
Other problems can arise in surgery because surgeons make mistakes. If your scarring was caused by surgical error, by them doing something wrong or forgetting to do something important, it is highly likely that you will have a valid claim.
You will normally need to bring your case within three years of getting the surgery in order for it to be valid, but if problems that develop after that time can clearly be traced to the surgery, you may still be able to take legal action.
Give us a call
Our Accident Advice Helpline advisers are waiting at the other end of the phone round the clock, ready to help with problems like yours. You can speak to them in confidence and with the assurance that they will be sympathetic. They can help you work out if your claim is likely to be valid and give you an idea of what it might be worth.
If you choose to make a claim, we’ll put you in touch with a specialist medical negligence solicitor who has experience in dealing with cases like yours. Cosmetic surgery scarring claims can be complicated so this experience is important, but they don’t need to be complicated for you. Your solicitor will take care of all the research and paperwork and will keep you as well informed as you want to be. You will probably need an independent medical assessment to look at the extent of your scarring and how it affects you, but this is nothing to worry about—it’s a very straightforward process.
Cases like this can take some months to complete and ultimately your solicitor may recommend settling out of court to reduce the amount of hassle involved in getting your compensation. You can be confident that we will have your best interests at heart at all times. If you’re unsuccessful we won’t charge you a thing and if you win we’ll usually get our costs covered by the other side. You’ll then be able to relax and get on with your life.
Date Published: October 3, 2013
Author: David Brown