There are many things that can go wrong when we have surgery of any kind, but most of the time, different types of surgery follow set procedures and processes that ensure a more controlled environment with less risk.
But when you have cosmetic surgery and something does go wrong, the consequences can be quite dramatic and devastating, as it not only deals with physical aspects, but emotional and mental aspects as well.
Common Types of Claims for Cosmetic Surgery
There are now so many cosmetic surgery procedures that it is difficult to keep track of all of them. But there are some procedures that are more common than most, and this includes breast augmentation, facelift, injections of Botox, liposuction, tummy tuck, rhinoplasty, surgery on the eyelid, brow lift, ear surgery, chemical peel, cosmetic dentistry, and other plastic surgery procedures designed to improve, increase, or reduce the different parts of the body. The number of compensation claims resulting from these kinds of cosmetic surgery procedures is increasing even as we speak, as more so-called ‘surgeons’ are running clinics without special or specific training or know-how.
Apart from cosmetic surgery claims, you can also claim compensation for cosmetic beauty procedures gone wrong, such as an accident or injury at a beauty salon or hairdresser, an allergic reaction to various beauty treatments or chemicals, and even an injury or hair damage at a barber shop or hairdresser.
How to determine if you have a Claim for Compensation
Under the law, all doctors, specialists, surgeons, and other medical practitioners have a ‘duty of care’ to their patients. This basically means that these professionals are required to take whatever precautions they see fit in order to ensure the safety of their patients whilst under their care.
When it comes to cosmetic surgery, the same is true – the plastic surgeon is required to take due care of their patient. And if something goes wrong, the law will make the decision whether the surgeon has any liability to the patient for damages or compensation.
What you need to do is prove that the surgeon is under this liability and was negligent of it. Most of the time, this is easy to prove – but in some complex cases, it could be more difficult than expected. This is where helping from an independent medical practitioner or legal expert may be deemed necessary.
What you should remember, however, is that you cannot just file a claim for compensation simply because you were not happy with the result of the cosmetic surgery or treatment. There is a difference between being unhappy and being a victim of actual negligence or malpractice. You should also make it a point to be reasonable and realistic regarding your expectations. If you need help making a decision, you can always turn to a cosmetic surgery claim solicitor who can direct you in the right path.
What to expect when it comes to Compensation
If you have determined that you are eligible for compensation, you can expect compensation for a number of things. This would include your physical injury (or injuries), your psychological and emotional scarring, your income loss, the expenses related to having to go through corrective surgery or treatment, the expense of care, and all other out-of-pocket expenses related to the cosmetic surgery or procedure.
Computing for compensation on medical expenses can be easy since this is a tangible expense – but computing for emotional or psychological damage is more complex. This is also another reason why it is best to seek expert guidance from an experienced solicitor, such as those from Shires Law (learn more about their services by visiting http://shireslaw.com/types-of-claims/cosmetic-beauty-claims).