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Cosmetic surgery negligence claims

You may have grounds for a medical negligence compensation claim if bad cosmetic surgery - in the UK or abroad - has left you injured or scarred.

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What is cosmetic surgery?

Cosmetic surgery is no longer something reserved for the rich and famous. It’s an enormous industry with thousands of satisfied customers. But what happens if your surgery goes wrong?

Cosmetic surgery is an optional medical procedure designed to enhance physical features, whereas plastic surgery tends to be a surgical discipline to reconstruct facial and body defects or damage.

Despite a fall of 7.9% in surgical procedures on the previous year, there were still 28,315 ops performed on men and women in 2017, according to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS).

Non-surgical cosmetic surgery is subject to very little regulation, so it’s essential you use a reputable aesthetic practitioner to minimise the chance of mistakes and injury.

 

Can I make a cosmetic surgery negligence claim?

There are various situations that could give you the right to make a compensation claim, including:

- Botched surgery

- Incorrect treatment

- Psychological damage

- Failing in duty of care

- Unsafe or unhygienic equipment

- Insufficient information about the treatment and possible risks or side effects.

Usually you need to claim within three years of the surgery, or of the date when negligence was diagnosed. If you had your cosmetic surgery abroad, then the rules may be different.
If you are unsure whether you are eligible to claim, just get in touch with us. The first consultation is free and you’re under no obligation to proceed with anything.

 

Can I make a No Win No Fee claim?

Yes. If you have a case for a claim, it falls under medical negligence, which is classed as a civil case (as there are no criminal charges) which is covered by No Win No Fee solicitors in England and Wales. More about No Win No Fee

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Why choose First4Lawyers?

If you've been involved in an accident or suffered an injury that wasn't your fault, our experts solicitors could help you make a claim.

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Frequently asked questions

What is medical negligence?

The phrase ‘medical negligence’ best describes an incident in which a person has suffered harm or injury at the hands of a medical professional. This term is used for people who have received poor levels of care, or a substandard service from a doctor, dentist or other medical professional.

Medical negligence cases can be a very complex process, which is why we have experts on hand to help you. They are experienced in making claims in this area and know the process and what to expect. Contact us for an informal and confidential chat.

Can I make a No Win No Fee claim for medical negligence?

Yes, No Win No Fee arrangements can be agreed for medical negligence cases. When you contact First4Lawyers, we’ll be able to tell you if you are likely to have a case, and can arrange a No Win No Fee agreement.

If you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland you cannot use No Win No Fee agreements in medical negligence cases. 

How long does a medical negligence claim take?

Every case is unique so there is no set time limit for the case to be settled.

As an average guideline, standard cases can take between 12 and 18 months to be settled, but this is by no means a definitive timeline.

Can I claim against a private healthcare company?

Yes, you can make a medical negligence claim against a private healthcare company.

Each of the hospitals or providers will have a private insurance company to cover claims like this.

See our guide on 'how to complain to a private healthcare company'.

How do I make a claim for medical negligence?

All you need to do is contact us.  We will take it from there.

At First4Lawyers, we will always refer your case to solicitors who are experts in dealing with medical negligence claims.

It's then their job to prove you have received sub-standard care, deserving of compensation.  They will work with you throughout the process, keeping you updated as the case progresses to ensure you get the best possible outcome.

Need more answers? Our guide on how to file a medical negligence case explains more about what you need to know.

How long will a claim take?

The length of time it will take to make your claim depends on your individual circumstances.

Every case is different, so it’s very difficult to say at the early stages how long the process will be from start to finish.

Once your solicitor has completed their initial investigations into your case, they will be in a better position to advise you on how long the process is likely to take.

To give you a very general idea:

  • For a personal injury claim like minor whiplash, for example, the process could be completed in about six months.
    But in more complex cases, such as claims involving a trip, slip or fall, it could take over a year to be settled.
    The process could also be longer if the defendant disputes your claim. 

  • Claiming for a work accident could be between six and nine months. But if the injury is more severe, or there are legal complexities, it could take longer.

  • Medical negligence cases tend to take longer as they can be complex with multiple factors and evidence.  A rough estimate would be 18-26 months.

Or you could contact one of our advisors to discuss your situation.

More about making a claim

Can I make a claim online?

Yes, you can either start your claim online, or by calling us using the number at the top of the screen.

If you want to start your claim now, simply enter a few details into our online claim form, and one of our legal advisors will call you back to discuss your claim in more detail.

When completing the form, you’ll need to describe the type of accident you’ve been involved in, for example: road traffic accident, slip, trip or fall, medical negligence etc. (you can select the appropriate option from a drop down menu).

You should also write a brief description of your accident, including details on what happened and when, if you were injured in the accident and what your injuries were. This helps us to understand the nature of your accident, so that one of our experts will be able to advise you on your next steps.

We’ll also need a few contact details, including your full name, telephone number as well as an alternative telephone number (in case we’re unable to reach you). You can also include your email address, if you’d prefer us to email you with further details.

Let us know what time it’s best for us to call you back - we understand that it’s not always convenient for you to talk, so we'll call at that pre-arranged time, when you'll be expecting us.

Making a claim online will help to save you time and will ensure that you receive a phone call back from us as soon as possible. During the call, we will ask you a few questions about your accident and advise you if you’re eligible to make a claim, and if so, what you can do next.

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Can I call you for free advice?

Yes, our team of friendly experts are more than happy to help, and will answer any questions you have regarding a claim, even if you’re unsure whether you’re eligible.

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Mel Aked

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Mel joined First4Lawyers in 2011, after graduating in law and completing the Legal Practice Course. Starting out as a claims advisor, Mel has recently been promoted to claims team leader, where she ensures every customer receives a first class experience, and our standards remain consistently high.

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