Botox Injury Claims

If you’ve suffered a Botox injury, you could make a claim for compensation – and First4Lawyers could help you do it.


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Making a Botox injury claim

Botox has skyrocketed in popularity in recent years, with men increasingly getting the injections. Most of these instances will go according to plan. But there are some people who end up getting hurt after having Botox that has gone wrong.

If you’ve been injured as a result of Botox injections, you could be able to make a compensation claim. First4Lawyers could help you do that.

What is Botox?

Botox is a brand name of a drug made to relax muscles. It’s short for Botulinum toxin, which is produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. There are other brands that do the same thing, including Dysport and Xeomin, but Botox is the most well-known.

It is typically used for reducing the appearance of wrinkles, usually on the face. But it’s also used to treat medical conditions, such as severe neck spasms, excessive sweating, uncontrollable blinking and migraines.

Botox treatments aren’t permanent and the effects usually last between two and four months. This means you’ll need to have the injections redone after a certain period.

The risks of Botox injections

Although the risks involved with Botox are small, they do still exist – especially if it is not being done by a qualified professional.

Possible side effects and reactions to Botox include:

  • Being unable to move the muscles in your face if too much Botox was injected
  • Bruising, swelling and redness
  • Headaches and flu-like symptoms
  • Weakness or drooping in your face

You may also experience more serious side effects, like blurred vision or even difficulty breathing. In these situations, you should get immediate medical help.

According to the NHS, you should not have Botox if you have a skin infection or a neuromuscular condition. You should also not have the injections if you’re unwell in any way, you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, or you’re taking certain medicines.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has introduced the Yellow Card Scheme, which you can report any Botox side effects to. This scheme monitors information on safety concerns involving medicines or medical devices.

If you’re having Botox, the person injecting you should explain all the risks and make sure you understand what could potentially go wrong.

How much compensation can I claim for Botox gone wrong?

How much you’ll be entitled to in compensation will depend on the specific injury you’ve suffered and how serious it is.

You may be able to claim up to £3,150 for a temporary eye injury, which could happen if the Botox is injected too close to your eye. Meanwhile, you could be entitled to up to £6,290 in compensation for a minor neck injury, if the Botox was injected incorrectly to the neck.

For a rough idea of what you might be entitled to for your injury, visit our compensation calculator.

But that’s not all you might be entitled to. If you’ve been financially affected by your injury, you could be able to make a claim for the money you’ve lost or had to spend.

For example, if you had to take time off work while you received medical treatment for your Botox reaction, you could claim for the loss of earnings you’ve suffered. You could also make a claim for the cost of any medicine or treatment you paid for.

Your solicitor will be able to explain just what you’re entitled to claim for so if you have any questions about this, don’t hesitate to ask them.

How can I pay for my claim?

If you’ve suffered from a Botox reaction or injury, our specialist solicitors will usually be able to make a claim for you on a No Win No Fee basis.

There are several advantages to this kind of funding agreement – such as the fact there’s nothing to pay if your claim is not successful. This means you don’t face any risk to your finances if you go ahead with legal action.

You also won’t pay anything upfront for your claim. That means you don’t have to worry about how you’ll fund your claim. You can instead take the time to focus on your recovery, which could help you get back to your best as quickly as possible.

Only pay a fee if you receive compensation

Where we offer No Win No Fee services typically customers pay 25%* of the amount recovered by our solicitors, although this will be subject to your individual circumstances and the actual fee may be less than this. Success fees are common practice and they were introduced when the law changed in April 2013.

First4Lawyers are an award-winning claims management company with a track record of delivering service that our clients love.

*Excluding Road Traffic Accident related claims where the accident happened on or after 31st May 2021. Here customers you will typically pay 30% + VAT due to changes introduced through Civil Liability Act 2018.

Is there a deadline to make a Botox compensation claim?

Most people will have up to three years to make a Botox injury compensation claim.

Although this sounds like a long time, it’s always a good idea to start your claim as soon as possible. This will ensure you don’t miss the deadline. It also means the details will likely be clearer in your mind.

Not everyone has to submit their claim in this period, though. For example, if you’re claiming on behalf of a child, you’ll be able to do so at any point until they turn 18. From that date, they will then have three years to make a claim.

Although some may be surprised to hear that children could have Botox, the government has only recently proposed a law to ban children from having it. They will still be able to have the injections for medical reasons, but this will be carefully monitored.

Why should I make a claim?

If you’ve been injured through no fault of your own, you are legally entitled to compensation. This is intended to get you back into the position you were in before you experienced negligence.

You could also be able to help other people by making a claim. Doing so will highlight what went wrong, which can help clinics or salons to fix the issue. This could stop it happening to anyone else in future.

To find out more about making a claim and how First4Lawyers could help you, just get in touch. We’re here to help so give us a call, request a call back or start your claim online.


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