Medical Negligence Claims

Cosmetic Surgery Claims

If you’ve had cosmetic surgery and the procedure went wrong, we understand that you may be left suffering both physical and emotional pain. Our lawyers are here for you if errors have caused you to experience undesirable results after cosmetic treatments.

Our medical negligence experts could help you make a compensation claim if:

  • You didn’t receive enough information about the risks of your procedure
  • Your treatment wasn’t performed to the expected standard
  • A defective product was used (such as a faulty or damaged implant)
  • You didn’t get the right aftercare

The consequences of negligence can be devastating, causing physical and emotional suffering. By making a cosmetic surgery compensation claim, we can help you get funds to pay for corrective treatments and to fund any counselling you might need.

You can rely on our experienced cosmetic surgery solicitors for professional advice based on your circumstances. It’s likely that you can make your plastic surgery claim using a No Win No Fee agreement*, which means that you won’t have to pay any legal fees if your claim is unsuccessful.

To find out more about how our lawyers can help, contact us today to set up a free initial consultation.


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    • What Will Happen When I Make A Claim?
    • After you’ve contacted us, we’ll set up a free initial consultation to discuss your case and whether you have a legal claim. We’ll discuss what funding options are available to you to pay for your claim, including No Win No Fee agreements*.

      We’ll then get in touch with those responsible for your negligent treatment at an early stage to see if they accept the blame for your injuries or illness. If they accept responsibility, we’ll try to secure interim compensation payments which can fund private medical care (including corrective procedures) and ongoing expenses, before your claim fully settles. Any interim payments will be taken out of your final compensation award.

      Our experts will look into your case in detail, gathering evidence from independent cosmetic professionals. These experts evaluate what care you should have received and can determine any future implications to your health. They’ll also advise us on the care you’ll need in the future.

      We’ll always try and negotiate claims out of court, keeping the claim process as short as we can. However, if your opponent doesn’t accept responsibility or doesn’t agree with the amount of compensation we feel you need, we’ll start court proceedings.

      Even when trial dates have been set, claims are still often settled before reaching court. If your claim does need to go to court, we’ll be there to help you every step of the way, talking you through what will happen so you feel as comfortable as possible.

    • Who Can I Make A Claim Against?
    • We can help you make a cosmetic surgery claim against a surgeon who was working at an NHS hospital or private clinic. Our team can also handle cases which involve cosmetic surgery abroad. Every medical professional has a duty of care to you as a patient, and if they fail in this duty of care and it caused you suffering, you may be able to make a claim.

      Many non-surgical cosmetic treatments are unregulated. Despite this, those conducting the treatments often need certain qualifications or have to follow specific guidelines. We can help you make a claim against anyone who conducted your treatment incorrectly.

      To find out more about how we could help you, contact us on 0800 121 6567.

    • Can I Make A No Win No Fee Claim?
    • Many of our cases are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there’s no financial risk* to you when making a compensation claim.

      At the start of your case, we’ll discuss funding options with you, advising you which we think is the most suitable. If you have legal expenses insurance (LEI) or are covered by a trade union policy, these may be best for you. Legal expenses insurance is included in many household insurance policies, so it’s always worth checking whether you’re already covered.

      If we think you’re best supported by a No Win No Fee agreement, we’ll explain the process clearly. This involves setting up an insurance policy that will protect you, at no cost to you. You’ll only have to pay anything when your claim is successful – your opponent will pay most of our fees.

      Please visit our No Win No Fee page for more information on how it works.

    • How Long Do I Have To Make A Claim?
    • You’ll normally have three years to make a claim, either from the date of the surgery or from the point where it was discovered that negligent treatment was responsible for your injuries.

      If you decided to undergo your procedure overseas, different time limits might apply. To make sure you make a claim before the time limits in that country apply, we urge you to contact us as soon as possible.

      If you have any concerns about the time limits for claiming compensation, we’ll be able to talk through your options in a free initial consultation.

    • Meet Our Team
    • Our cosmetic surgery claims team understands that when errors are made during cosmetic surgery, you can suffer both physically and emotionally. We know what it takes to get the best outcome for you and will go that extra mile to help you get the compensation you deserve.

      Mandy Luckman heads up our national cosmetic law team and is seen as a leading legal figure within the industry, often appearing in the press as an authority on cosmetic claims.

      The team also supports the Safety in Beauty campaign, helping raise safety standards in the beauty industry to make sure negligent treatments don’t happen.

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I valued the honesty of the solicitor that I dealt with. The approachability and the humanness. They were caring.”

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Are The Risks Of Cosmetic Surgery?

All forms of cosmetic surgery have risks which can affect both your health and your appearance. Complications can happen even when negligence isn’t involved, but knowing that someone’s medical errors are the cause of your suffering can make dealing with your problems even more upsetting.

It’s worth noting that it can take several months to recover from a cosmetic procedure, and some problems will heal naturally over time. However, sometimes these issues don’t go away leaving you with permanent and unattractive results.

If your surgeon didn’t conduct your procedure properly (or didn’t provide appropriate aftercare) you might be able to make a claim. We’re here to help if you experienced errors during the following treatments:

  • Breast augmentation (enlargement) – creases can develop around the implants, they can lose their shape and may also rupture causing lumps, swelling and tenderness. Excessive scarring may also result and wounds might also become infected.
  • Breast reduction – results can sometimes be uneven with the nipples being asymmetrical. Sensation can also be lost in the nipples plus scarring can be excessive and may get infected.
  • Facelift (rhytidectomy) – your face may feel swollen, stiff and numb plus your eyes and other facial features can appear asymmetrical.
  • Liposuction – the area where the fat was removed can become lumpy and uneven, sometimes feeling numb for several months. The skin can also change colour.
  • Nose job (rhinoplasty) – you can experience difficulty breathing, especially if your nose begins to collapse. Your nose could also bleed heavily.
  • Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) – you can feel a pulling sensation when you try standing straight and the area may feel numb. Excessive scarring can result and may require further surgery.
  • Eye lid surgery (blepharoplasty) – your vision can become blurred and bleeding can happen behind your eye, in rare cases causing blindness. The eyes can also look asymmetrical and your lower eye lid can sag.

To find out more about how we can help, contact our team today on 0800 121 6567.

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What Are The Risks Of Non-Surgical Treatments?

Procedures such as Botox and fillers can change your appearance without the need for surgery. However, these treatments aren’t as tightly regulated meaning there’s often a higher chance of mistakes being made.

We’re here for you if the practitioner treating you didn’t conduct your procedure properly. Problems can be caused in a variety of circumstances, such as when guidelines aren’t followed, when your health information isn’t checked, when appropriate aftercare isn’t provided and when faulty equipment is used.

Complications that can occur include:

  • Dermal fillers – rashes, swelling, itching and bruising car occur. The filler can also move away from the intended area and you can suffer allergic reactions which may lead to anaphylaxis. Lumps can form under the skins and filler can also block blood vessels, resulting in the surrounding tissue dying.
  • Botulinum toxin injections (including Botox) – your facial features around the injected area can become weak and may droop. You can also suffer from blurred or double vision and experience breathing difficulties.
  • Chemical peels – superficial peels, medium peels and deep peels can cause similar complications including scarring and infection. Your skin might also appear lighter or darker than normal.
  • Laser treatments – the skin can blister, sometimes causing scarring. Your skin colour can also change.
  • Microdermabrasion – swelling can result in the treated area and the skin can become red. You may also become more sensitive to sun after the treatment.

Our experienced cosmetic lawyers have handled a wide variety of claims which have resulted from negligent non-surgical treatments. To find out more about how our experts can help, contact us today on 0800 121 6567.

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What Can Compensation Pay For?

By making a cosmetic surgery claim, we can help you get compensation which could make your circumstances a little easier. Your settlement would take in to account your pain and suffering and could also help cover:

  • Costs of any corrective treatment you need
  • Counselling support
  • Loss of earnings
  • Expenses (such as travel costs to hospital appointments)

The amount of compensation you’re likely to receive will depend on a combination of the above factors and the severity of your injuries.

If the organisation responsible for the negligent treatment accepts responsibility early on, we could also help you get access to interim compensation payments. These payments can help cover your ongoing care costs (including corrective surgery) and expenses (such as travel expenses) while we’re working on your case.

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"They are forensic and analytical as well as campaigning and careful. All of the lawyers work tirelessly for the smaller cases as well as the bigger cases."
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BeautyTracker – helping you stay safe during cosmetic procedures.

As part of our support for the ‘Safety in Beauty’ campaign, we have launched an app which can help patients keep a log of their beauty and cosmetic treatments. The app also hosts expert advice on the risks and benefits of procedures, provides a chance to rate treatments and also offers help to those who are unsatisfied with their outcome.

Download BeautyTracker free today from the App Store.

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