Eyelid surgery compensation claims
If you have experienced complications following your eyelid surgery (also known as blepharoplasty) and you believe this was due to the negligence of a surgeon or clinic, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Many people choose to undergo blepharoplasty surgery to change a part of their appearance that they are unhappy with. So when eyelid surgery goes wrong, and you are left in a worse position than before, you deserve to be compensated.
Making a claim not only allows you to rebuild your life, but can also help to prevent the same negligence being inflicted upon anyone else. The compensation you may be entitled to could help you pay for restorative surgery as well as offer you peace of mind following a distressing experience.
Blepharoplasty can be performed on a patient’s upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both at the same time. It is often used as a means of combating the signs of ageing. As people get older, the skin around their eyes often becomes less elastic and the muscles become looser, resulting in the fat around the eyes bulging forward and making the lower eyelids appear droopy.
As such, the main purpose of eyelid surgery is to improve the patient’s cosmetic appearance by removing this excess fatty tissue and skin, and attempting to smooth away the crow’s feet from the corner of the eyes. To accomplish this, the eyelid muscles need to be tightened and the surgical incisions closed using fine stitches.
In some cases, restoring droopy eyelids to their former positions can improve a patient’s vision by providing a less obstructed field of view, meaning blepharoplasty can offer practical as well as cosmetic benefits.
Surgeons’ and clinics’ duty of care
As with any type of surgery, the surgeons and clinics responsible for carrying out blepharoplasty procedures have a duty of care to ensure patients’ safety and wellbeing.
This means they operate with a high degree of accountability, as botched eyelid surgery can result in significant and long-lasting physical and psychological damage for the patient in question.
As such, clinics and surgeons are not only responsible for managing all of the potential risk factors that would be classed as reasonably preventable, but also for giving their patients information about any complications that cannot be prevented, allowing them to provide informed consent.
If you feel that your clinic or surgeon has not fulfilled this duty of care, you may be eligible to make an eyelid surgery claim.
How can blepharoplasty go wrong?
For patients undergoing an invasive procedure such as a blepharoplasty, it will generally be expected that a certain amount of pain and discomfort might be experienced in the affected area for several weeks, including swelling or itchy and watery eyes.
However, when eyelid surgery has gone wrong, patients may experience one of the following complications, which may be a sign that the procedure has been handled negligently:
- Removal of too much skin, leaving eyelids unable to close - known as lagophthalmos
- Lopsided appearance, or differences in the appearance of both eyes
- Removal of too little skin or tissue
- Droopiness of the lower lid - known as ectropion
- Overcorrection of a drooping upper lid, resulting in damage to the cornea
- Blurred or impaired vision, in extreme cases leading to acute glaucoma
- Partial or complete blindness in very rare cases
How can we help?
If you have suffered an impact on your quality of life as a result of blepharoplasty complications, then it may be worth pursuing a legal claim. In our experience, compensation can completely transform the lives of those who have been left with physical and psychological pain when eyelid surgery goes wrong.
Not only can a financial award contribute to the cost of reconstructive surgery and further treatment, but it can also alleviate some of the financial burden resulting from being unable to work due to the botched eyelid surgery.
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