Taking to a Lawyer when Cosmetic Surgery Goes Wrong – What are your Legal Rights
Put simply, if you think that any cosmetic procedure or treatment you have received was in any way negligent or falls short of your expectations, then you should seek legal advice. Almost all legal firms who specialise in these cases will offer you a no win no fee service and you will not be charged if you contact them for advice.
So have you been a victim of cosmetic surgery negligence? It is very important that you understand your legal rights, so you know the steps to take when things do go wrong.
Cosmetic surgery has become increasingly popular over the last decade. More clinics have increased their offering to cover a huge range of different procedures, that would traditionally be have only been performed by a cosmetic surgeon.
The majority of practitioners have undertaken training to ensure that they perform the procedures safely, but in some instances this may not have been the case! Sadly, some cosmetic procedures are carried out by inexperienced staff, and end up in significant injury and or complications.
So if you’ve been a victim of cosmetic surgery negligence, it is very important that you understand your legal rights. Here’s some advice…
Before Your Cosmetic Surgery.
People tend to go with a recommended name they choose their surgeons. You will need to check that the surgeon you find is registered with the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, otherwise known as BAAPS. Though you cannot guarantee that the procedure will go to plan, BAAPS was established in order to encourage education and regulate safety within cosmetic surgery. So if your surgeon is listed, they are likely to have significant experience in performing procedures and maintaining patient safety.
Manage Your Expectations
Before going under the knife, you should make sure that you have realistic expectations about the outcomes. Even if the most experienced plastic surgeon was to perform the procedure, you could still be dissatisfied with the aesthetic results, and being dissatisfied with the amount of fat removed, wouldn’t necessarily leave you with grounds to claim for Liposuction Compensation.
What Happens if I am Dissatisfied with my Cosmetic Surgery?
The first thing you should do is contact your cosmetic surgeon. This could be done either by getting in touch with them directly, or via the clinic that initially referred you.
Where possible you should keep a photo diary of its development. If there is dissatisfaction with the outcome, but no real damage has been caused, then there is a chance that your clinic may offer you a corrective procedure.
What if it’s more serious?
If your grievance is more serious, you will need to follow a complaints process that the clinic has in place, including contacting the healthcare commission. This supervisory body has the ability to act upon a clinic or hospital if they feel they have acted negligently concerning a patient, or have failed to reach their standards of practice.
Making a complaint not only gives the surgeon, the chance to admit wrong doing, but it can also help stop the same occurrence to anyone else.
If your complaint about cosmetic surgery involves the surgeon causing you harm, or otherwise avoidable complications, you could well be eligible for cosmetic surgery compensation. This money you receive could go towards a corrective surgery!
If you believe that you have suffered as a result of cosmetic surgery errors, contact a cosmetic surgery solicitor about your options, and how you may be eligible for cosmetic surgery compensation!