Cosmetic surgery can be an effective quick-fix for a physical problem or defect, or it can be a dangerous and problematic procedure that results in injury. Unfortunately with the popularity of cosmetic surgery growing, more and more practitioners are offering treatments and procedures they are not experienced in delivering, or do not have the relevant training for. If you have been injured as a result of a cosmetic surgery procedure, do you have the right to make a claim for compensation?
Do I Have a Case for Compensation?
In the case of cosmetic surgery claims you need to keep in mind that each surgeon, doctor, or practitioner owes his or her patients a duty of reasonable care. This means that they must take reasonable precautions and measures to ensure that their patients are safe and well. This applied whether the procedure is being carried out for medical or cosmetic purposes.
You also need to consider that it is extremely unlikely that you will have a case for a personal injury claim if you are simply dissatisfied with the results of the procedure, unless there has been proven negligence on the part of the surgeon. Subjective issues like whether a procedure makes you look better or worse are not usually resolved in the courts. But you may have a claim if you suffered an injury due to a procedure that went wrong.
What Can I Claim Compensation For?
If you have cosmetic surgery and you end up with physical injuries, scars, psychological damage, loss of earnings, and the cost of having to go through corrective procedures or be cared for while damage heals, you can claim for compensation.
There are also occasions where the surgeon does not adequately explain the risks and benefits of the procedure, or does not give you enough time to consider whether you really want the surgery, before it takes place. In this case you could have a claim because the surgeon would be in breach of the “cooling off” period.
It can become very complicated knowing how to claim for personal injury, and therefore it is advisable that you work with an experienced personal injury claims lawyer who is a specialist in cosmetic and beauty claims issues. There are certain time frames and deadlines to adhere to, and specific procedures to carry out. Since sometimes personal injury claims can be long-running and contentious, it is important to work with a specialist.
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