Tummy Tuck Gone Wrong: Making a Compensation Claim

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Carrie Tennick, November 03, 2021

A tummy tuck gone wrong is one of the most devastating experiences you can go through.

You’ve likely been through the stress of finding a surgeon, saving for the operation and then when it happens, it goes wrong.

It can be even worse when you’ve been anxious about the procedure anyway. An experience of medical negligence like this can make any anxiety or stress worse, leaving you struggling to manage your medical care in future.

But if you’ve suffered a botched tummy tuck, known as an abdominoplasty, you could be able to make a compensation claim.

We’ve put together this guide to help you work out whether you’re eligible.

What is a tummy tuck?

The NHS explains that it is cosmetic surgery carried out “to improve the shape of the tummy area”. In many cases, a tummy tuck is performed to remove excess skin after significant weight loss or pregnancy.

As well as removing skin, it can also tighten the abdominal muscles.

Since it is cosmetic surgery, it is usually not available through the NHS. This means most tummy tucks are carried out by private surgeons.

You are able to make a claim against a private surgeon or healthcare provider. They have insurance that covers incidents like these, so you won’t be claiming directly against the surgeon. This means you won’t directly affect their finances.

Proving your tummy tuck went wrong

In medical negligence cases, you need to prove that the treatment you received was substandard. This can be more challenging than in other personal injury claims, such as an accident at work claim.

You and your solicitor will need to show that the harm you suffered was caused by the botched tummy tuck and that the actions of the surgeon operating on you did not meet accepted standards.

Having the right legal team can be the difference between winning and losing your medical negligence claim. That’s why First4Lawyers only work with expert solicitors, who work hard to get you the compensation you’re entitled to for the pain and suffering you’ve experienced.

Signs of a bad tummy tuck

It may not be obvious immediately that your tummy tuck has gone wrong. You’ll probably need a few weeks after your operation to recover. After that, you can then work out if your tummy tuck was botched.

Some signs of a bad tummy tuck include:

  • Constant pain where you had the operation
  • Fluid is present around the wound
  • Nerve damage
  • Skin contouring problems if not enough excess skin was removed
  • Your belly button is now positioned too high or low or it has been misshapen

You may also contract other illnesses, including hospital infections such as MRSA, while undergoing a tummy tuck.

Botched tummy tuck compensation

To claim compensation, you’ll need to prove that your medical team failed in their duty of care to you.

For the pain and suffering you’ve been through, you’ll be awarded general damages. Our compensation calculator can give you an idea of what you might be entitled to for this part of your compensation.

But you could also be awarded special damages. These cover any financial losses you’ve experienced as a result of your tummy tuck going wrong. This could include a loss of earnings if you’ve been unable to work and any medical treatment you’ve needed as part of your recovery.

All surgeries come with risks. If these risks turned into reality for you, you may be able to make a medical negligence claim for compensation.

Talk to our expert team to find out if you could be able to make a claim. We’ll help you work out your options and decide what to do. Just give us a call or start your claim online.

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