Cosmetic Surgery Negligence in the UK

An estimated £300 million is being spent annually on cosmetic surgery in the UK. Where there is money to be made, people look for ways to maximise income. But cutting corners in relation to medical treatment can result in negligence and botched or unnecessary cosmetic treatments.

Cosmetic surgery is not as strictly regulated as other areas of healthcare. This means that patients are more at risk of injury as a result of negligent surgical procedures. When surgery does go wrong the consequences for the patient can be devastating: physically, emotionally and financially. 

Why should I choose specialist cosmetic surgery solicitors to deal with my compensation claim?

Pursuing a negligence claim in relation to a cosmetic surgery injury can involve complex medical and legal issues. So, it is important to choose solicitors who specialise in this area of law.

We are recommended in the field of clinical negligence by the Legal 500, the UK's leading independent guide to law firms, which attracts more than four million users online. We are also very proud to have been awarded Lexcel accreditation, the Law Society's kite mark for excellence in client care.

We work with some of the country's best and most experienced barristers and have access to a wide network of medical experts.

Our sympathetic and compassionate cosmetic surgery lawyers are always happy to answer questions. They will guide you through the legal procedures to help you recover the compensation you deserve.

Call now to speak to a solicitor about claiming compensation for negligent cosmetic surgery on 0808 139 1592 or email us at [email protected]

Cosmetic Surgery Claims FAQ

Cosmetic Surgery NegligenceDoctors, plastic surgeons and other medical practitioners have a duty to ensure your well-being and safety while you are in their care. If a mistake was made during your cosmetic surgery treatment, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries and losses.

Our experienced solicitors can take on most types of cosmetic surgery claim, including:

Before performing cosmetic surgery, the medical practitioner should discuss any known risks involved in the procedure. If there are alternative procedures available then these should be explained to you.

By its very nature cosmetic surgery is not something that has to be carried out on an emergency basis. The patient should be allowed enough time to think it over and weigh up the risks of the treatment before proceeding.

If a negligent surgical procedure was the result of a cosmetic surgeon's incorrect, or misleading advice or guidance, this could be deemed a breached duty of care. This would be taken into account if a claim for compensation was brought against them.

Cosmetic Surgery Negligence CompensationVictims of cosmetic surgery negligence can claim compensation for:

  1. physical and psychological injuries resulting from the negligent cosmetic surgery;
  2. medical expenses, including any costs of correcting the cosmetic surgery;
  3. loss of earnings;
  4. the cost of care; and
  5. out of pocket expenses.

Compensation for your injuries arising from the cosmetic surgery negligence will normally be based on medical evidence in the form of a doctor's report. Compensation will also be awarded for any expenses or financial losses that are incurred as a direct result of the negligent treatment.

Victims will often require extensive and expensive treatment to correct the surgery and the cost of that treatment on a private basis can be added to the legal claim.

Compensation for the cost of care (or the value of any care provided by friends and family) can be claimed in addition.

Full details of your losses have to be provided, supported with invoices and receipts where appropriate, so it is important that you keep an accurate record of your losses.

Compensation for physical and psychological injury arising from negligent cosmetic surgery varies from case to case and will largely depend on the severity of the injury, the expected recovery period and the degree to which you have been left with permanent damage.

The court categorise injuries, and the amount of compensation you are entitled to claim will reflect the category that your injuries are allocated to.

As an illustration, scarring, especially facial scarring, is categoried according to how serious it is.  'Trivial scarring' usually attracts awards of up to £3,000, while the courts will award up to around £26,000 for 'significant scarring' and £85,000 for what it regards as 'very severe scarring'. 

Factors such as a victim's age, gender and the part of the body affected will influence the amount of compensation the court awards for scarring. So, a young woman who suffers scarring to her face will usually receive more compensation than an old man who suffers scarring to his back, for example.

As a further illustration of how the courts categorise an injury, we can take psychological injuries arising from negligent cosmetic surgery. Psychiatric damage where the injury is classified by the court as 'less severe' will merit awards of up to £5,000, whereas a victim who suffers 'severe' psychiatric injury with very little prospect of recovering may receive in excess of £100,000 for their injuries. 

And there are sometimes very wide variations within a category. Compensation for Post Traumatice Stress Disorder (PTSD) for example attracts awards ranging from anything between £3,000 through to £80,000, and beyond.

As your solicitors it is our job to obtain evidence to maximise the compensation you can expect to recover. It therefore pays to consult specialist cosmetic surgery lawyers.

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If you would like us to deal with your claim on a no win, no fee basis then a 'success fee' is payable if you win your case and receive compensation. The amount will vary from case to case, but it will never exceed 25% of the award total. It is based on the amount of work we have to do rather than how much compensation you receive. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to chat about funding your claim.

We offer genuine no win, no fee. This means that if you lose your case, then we won’t charge you anything for the work we have carried out. 

Take advantage of our no-obligation, free case assessment service. Simply contact us with the details of your case and we will offer you free initial legal guidance. We will also let you know if we can deal  with your cosmetic surgery claim on a no win, no fee basis.