Can a claim for compensation for cosmetic surgery error be made for a face lift which has gone horribly wrong? What should I do?
Compensation for cosmetic surgery error can only be awarded when there has been medical negligence. Even when medical negligence can be proven, claims for compensation for cosmetic surgery error can be highly complicated.
Cosmetic surgery may not produce the desired effects, and this should have been explained to you before you agreed to undergo surgery. Many claims for compensation for cosmetic surgery error do not result in compensation awards due to the risks of some treatments, when the risks have been fully explained to the patient before surgery.
Because of the risks of treatment, the National Care Standards Commission insists that a consultation is arranged before any cosmetic surgical procedure to ensure that a patient is aware of the risks involved. Surgery is not allowed to be completed until two weeks after the consultation to ensure that a patient has time to reflect on the potential risks involved. However, not all cosmetic surgeons are registered and, if not, will fail to adhere to the guidelines.
The first step in a claim for cosmetic surgery error is to speak to the surgeon who performed the treatment to find out what can be done to correct the problem. It may be possible to arrange to have a further procedure completed to correct any damage which has been done, and the surgeon may not charge for this or even for the first treatment. However if you want to claim compensation for cosmetic surgery error, it is important that you complain in writing to the surgeon in question.
It is unlikely that on the basis of a complaint compensation for cosmetic surgery error will be awarded, and it is highly likely that legal action will be required before any compensation for cosmetic surgery error is offered. In order to make a legal claim for compensation for cosmetic surgery error, it will be necessary to prove that an error has been made which amounts to medical negligence and that the surgeon has made mistakes which could have been prevented had proper care been taken. You must also prove that the treatment you received was sub-standard, that a competent plastic surgeon would not have made the same mistakes and would have avoided causing any injury or harm to you.
Proving medical negligence in a claim for compensation for cosmetic surgery error will require the medical opinions of plastic surgeons to assess the damage that has been done. They will also help to determine what went wrong, and whether it involved a breach in a duty of care to you as a patient. You should also consult a medical negligence solicitor for advice about claiming compensation for cosmetic surgery error. A medical negligence solicitor will help you to prove medical negligence, and get the compensation that you are entitled to receive.