Negligent surgery Cosmetic surgery has undergone a boom in popularity in recent years in the UK. Unfortunately some of the medical staff conducting these procedures are under-qualified and do not have the necessary specialist skills to carry out the operations safely. Doctors and nurses working in the private sector still owe the same duty of care to their patients as those working within the NHS. As many cosmetic surgery operations are conducted on a private fee paying basis (rather than through the NHS) you can sue on a breach of contract basis if you have received negligent care. We can also help you to pursue a claim if your operation was carried out by the NHS. Some of the common areas of negligence within the cosmetic and plastic surgery fields include: Unexpected scarring following operations – this can include facelifts, breast implants and uplifts, breast reduction and liposuction Unevenness after breast implants, breast reduction or uplifts Infections following surgery Injury to the accessory nerve after a face lift operation Problems with eye sight following laser eye surgery We can pursue compensation claims following any type of surgery where someone can be shown to have been negligent including: rhinoplasty, otoplasty, mentoplasty, chin tucks, hair replacement, liposuction, breast implants, breast reduction, breast uplifting, chemical peels, laser eye surgery, face lifts (rhytidectomy). If you underwent another type of surgery not listed please call us to discuss your case as we may still be able to help you make a claim. Case studies Damages for unnecessary lateral release operation A 47 year old man underwent an unnecessary lateral release operation on his knee. It was alleged that the operation was unnecessary and that he had only been consented for a simpler arthroscopy operation. As a professional football coach, the gentleman was clear that he would not have agreed to the more complex procedure if it had been properly warned of the risks and benefits of the procedure. He suffered a prolonged period of recovery and his earnings were adversely affected. Whilst liability was denied by East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, the matter eventually settled for £24,000. Lack of informed consent for vasectomy A GP claiming to have a specialist interest in vasectomy, had failed to warn of a risk of at least 5% of chronic/long term pain from a vasectomy. The gentleman was 52 when the vasectomy was carried out and maintained that he and his partner would have opted for alternative contraceptive methods if they had been properly warned of the risks of chronic pain. Due to complications a total of 4 operations were carried out, but unfortunately the operations were unsuccessful if alleviating the pain, which was anticipated to be permanent. The pain interfered with social activities, ability to work and the man’s sex life. Settlement was eventually agreed for £27,500 without an admission of liability. Negligent spinal surgery Our Client was catastrophically injured as a result of negligent spinal surgery. Liability for the negligent surgery was admitted but the case was extremely complex due to the varied nature of our Client’s many injuries. The claim settled for over £2,000,000.00 just before Trial on an assessment of damages. Negligent cataract surgery An elderly lady lost sight in one eye following allegedly negligent medical treatment. The hospital denied liability, but the case settled out of court for £80,000. Bladder damage A settlement of £30,000 was secured for a lady who sustained a bladder injury during a hysterectomy. There was failure to refer her to a urologist and an inadequate repair was carried out. This led to problems with her kidneys, which required a nephrostomy. What can I claim? The value of your claim will depend on a number of factors including: The nature of the injury or illness Whether you recover fully from the injury or illness or if it has a long term effect on your health and wellbeing The amount of any losses you incur as a result of the injury You can claim compensation for the following things if they are a result of your injury: Pain, suffering and loss of amenity Loss of earnings Medical and nursing care costs Special equipment needed to carry out daily activities and any costs involved in adapting your home Other expenses incurred as a result of your injury, for example, travel expenses incurred whilst receiving medical treatment. Contact us to speak to one of our specialist lawyers in total confidence and they will discuss the details of your claim.