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Dermal fillers are a popular procedure, often sought to help fill out facial lines and to add fullness to areas such as the lips, cheeks and bridge of the nose.
This procedure is normally quick and relatively painless, but things can go wrong. 69% of surgeons have witnessed problems with dermal fillers, according to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS).
Our solicitors have a successful track record when it comes to handling dermal filler claims so will know what it takes to get the best outcome for you. We have a specialist team who work solely on cosmetic cases so you can be reassured that our lawyers will understand what you’re going through.
We might be able to help you claim compensation if:
Your filler migrated to a different part of the body
The area around the injection became infected
Granuloma nodules formed (a form of skin tissue inflammation)
Problems with both temporary and permanent dermal fillers can cause great discomfort and often require surgical corrective treatment. We can help you claim compensation that can pay for reversal procedures, emotional support and other expenses you may incur.
You may also be able to claim on a No Win No Fee basis which means that you won’t pay any legal fees if your claim is unsuccessful*. To find out more about how we can help, call us on 0800 121 6567 or contact us online to set up a free initial consultation.
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. If they accept responsibility, we’ll try to secure interim compensation payments which can fund private medical care 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 medical professionals. These experts evaluate what care you should have received and can determine any future implications to your health.
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.
By making a dermal filler claim, we might be able to secure compensation that can pay for:
Corrective procedures (including surgery if needed)
Travel expenses to appointments
Continuation of treatment by another practitioner
Loss of income (if you've had time off work)
We’re aware that injuries resulting from your negligent treatment can leave you with physical and emotional side effects. You may have been left with facial lumps and upset that your treatment has had a negative cosmetic impact. We’re here to help you get advice on how this could be corrected, putting you in touch with leading cosmetic experts who can suggest the best course of action.
The amount of compensation you’ll receive will depend on the severity of your injuries and whether any negative cosmetic consequences can be fully reversed. We’ll always work hard to make sure your settlement covers all of your needs, which will hopefully make your situation a little easier.
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 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.
You’ll normally have three years to make a claim, either from the date of the treatment or from the point where it was discovered that negligent surgery was responsible for your injuries.
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.
Our dedicated team of cosmetic lawyers will always put your needs first, finding out exactly how your dermal filler treatment has impacted on your life and talking to you about what we can do to help. We don’t only act on your behalf to get compensation, but we’re also working to improve safety standards in the beauty industry.
Our lawyers are experienced in handling claims relating to cosmetics procedures and know exactly what it takes to get the best outcome for you. The team is headed-up by Mandy Luckman, who has been described as “the destination lawyer for cosmetics-related issues” by the independent legal guide Chambers & Partners in 2015.
I valued the honesty of the solicitor that I dealt with. The approachability and the humanness. They were caring.”
Frequently Asked Questions
What Are The Different Types Of Laser Treatment?
The effects of dermal fillers and the things that can go wrong depend on the area that’s being injected and which product is being used. Normally this treatment is relatively painless, but it can be more painful if your nose or lips are being injected…
… as these are more sensitive. Fillers can be both temporary and permanent, many practitioners preferring the temporary kind as they’re less damaging when things go wrong.
Temporary fillers normally involve the injection of hyaluronic acid which slowly breaks down. The results of this procedure can last between three and 18 months so further injections will be needed to maintain results.
Permanent (synthetic) fillers are mostly commonly made from polymethylmethacrylate, a mixture of plastic beads and collagen. These are normally sought if you want a longer lasting effect.
Common side effects from both temporary and permanent dermal fillers can include:
These symptoms should disappear within 24-48 hours after the treatment and if they don’t, you should seek medical advice. If these normal side effects don’t go away in the expected time and persist for a prolonged period, you might be able to make a compensation claim.
Dermal fillers can also cause some serious side effects which may require further treatment, including:
Bumps under the skin (nodules or granulomas, these often need surgically removing)
Allergic reactions (leading to anaphylaxis)
Necrosis (skin tissue death), permanent blindness and pulmonary embolisms because of blocked blood vessels
If you’ve suffered because your dermal filler treatment was performed incorrectly, we can help. Contact our solicitors today on 0800 121 6567 to arrange a free initial consultation.
What Are The Regulations For Dermal Filler Treatments?
Dermal filler injections are almost completely unregulated in the UK, which can mean that this procedure is sometimes performed in an unsafe way. More than 120 different types of dermal filler are available in the UK…
… whereas in the USA, where there are much tighter regulations in this area, and only six types have been deemed as safe to use.
Anyone can buy or sell these substances meaning that what’s been injected might not be what you think. These injections can be administered by anyone, regardless of their training, which can lead to points of the body being injected where the substance isn’t suitable.
Dermal fillers can also be prone to infections and as these treatments can be performed anywhere, you can be at risk of being injected with non-sterilised equipment.
Having said that, some local authorities – including all London Boroughs and Nottingham – do require a specialist licence to perform dermal filler treatments.
The lack of regulation in this area can make claims quite complex. However, by coming to us you’ll have specialist legal experts handling your case, who know what it takes for your claim to be successful.
To find out more about making a claim, contact us free on 0800 121 6567.
What Constitutes Negligence?
When dermal fillers are injected incorrectly, the consequences can be life-changing, sometimes leaving people with facial disfigurements or imperfections. This can be particularly distressing when seeking cosmetic…
… improvements, as you may have ended up with results that were worse than the original problem.
Our team of cosmetic lawyers might be able to help if your beautician/practitioner:
Injected the substance into the wrong place – this can cause lumps under the skin
Overcorrected the area by injecting too much filler
Didn’t advise you about the potential risks of your treatment
Failed to check if you were allergic to the substance - reactions can cause severe facial swelling
Injected the incorrect substance
Incorrectly injected into a blood vessel – this can cause the skin to die and lead to blindness
Didn’t take steps to prevent infections
Failed to prevent migration of the filler
If you’ve suffered from negligent dermal filler treatment, we can help you claim compensation which can help pay for specialist reversal/removal procedures and counselling if changes to your appearance have had a significant emotional impact.
For more information about making a claim, contact us today on 0800 121 6567.
All Scottish cases will be handled by the Scottish law firm with which we are associated, Irwin Mitchell Scotland LLP. The law relating to funding is different in Scotland and you will receive separate advice about what that means as well as a separate funding agreement.
*To make a No Win No Fee claim, you need to enter into an agreement that's linked to a suitable insurance policy. We'll explain this in more detail before we start your claim.
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