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.
Perforated bowel after colonoscopy
We were instructed by the wife of a gentleman who underwent a colonoscopy due to an abnormal bowel screening result. Two days after the routine procedure, he attended Accident & Emergency due to significant pain and the inability to pass urine. There was a significant delay before a CT scan was carried out, diagnosing the perforation and faecal contamination, and a further significant delay before surgery was carried out. As a result, our client likely required a permanent stoma and was unable to undergo potentially life-prolonging oncology treatment for an isolated diagnosis of liver cancer due to his poor condition. Our client sadly died one year after the negligence. The case was settled without an admission of liability from Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and prior to the issue of court proceedings for £20,000.
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.
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.
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.