If you have suffered because of negligence while undergoing liposuction surgery, our solicitors can help you. Starting a liposuction compensation claim with Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors is simple and will help you to get your life back on track after suffering because of a botched procedure.
We understand the devastation that liposuction gone wrong can cause and because of this, we will work tirelessly to secure the compensation we believe you deserve. With over 15 years of experience in pursuing liposuction negligence claims, we have the skills, knowledge and understanding you need at this time.
Our solicitors operate on a no win, no fee basis, and they will put your mind at ease, helping you to secure the compensation you deserve to recover physically, emotionally and financially.
What could go wrong with liposuction treatment?
As with the majority of cosmetic procedures, liposuction comes with its own risks. Below, we have listed the things that could go wrong when undergoing liposuction treatment:
- Infection: although rare, an infection can develop after liposuction surgery, and in some severe cases, it may become life-threatening.
- Seroma: this is a condition where serous fluid accumulates in a pocket under the skin, which may need to be drained.
- Bleeding and haematoma: excessive bleeding can occur during or after the surgery. A haematoma is a collection of blood outside of the blood vessels, which may need to be drained if large.
- Scarring: scars from liposuction are small and strategically placed to be less visible, but they can still occur.
- Numbness: temporary or permanent changes in sensation can occur in the area where liposuction was performed.
- Damage to structures under the skin: rarely, a cannula (a thin tube used to remove the fat) may damage an internal organ during the procedure.
- Embolism: this is a serious condition where loosened fat breaks away and gets trapped in a blood vessel and gathers in the lungs or travels to the brain.
- Kidney and heart problems: as your body fluids are being shifted, the changes in fluid levels while the body is being injected with fluids and the suctioning out can cause kidney and heart problems.
- Reactions to anaesthesia: as with any procedure where anaesthesia is given, there's always a risk of an adverse reaction.
What are the signs my liposuction surgery has gone wrong?
Patients may not be able to fully see the results of liposuction until the initial inflammation has subsided, which can take several months in some cases. However, the following can indicate that liposuction negligence has occurred:
- Poor body shape or contour deformity
- A failure to warn you about potential nerve damage or numbness
- Bumpy and asymmetrical skin where the fat has been removed
- Inappropriate scarring
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Why choose us for your liposuction compensation claim?
If you have suffered as a result of liposuction negligence, Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors is well placed to secure compensation on your behalf that will help you to get your life back on track. We have achieved a success rate of 95% in the negligence cases that we have handled, after obtaining medical evidence. We have also successfully recovered more than £10 million in compensation to date for our clients.
Led by respected solicitor Michael Saul, our specialist team of solicitors are here to help you, and we will work tirelessly to ensure you have the tools you need to rebuild your life following a liposuction gone wrong.
Whether you need to pursue a case against the negligent surgeon who performed your operation or the clinic that provided unsafe or unclean instruments, we will use our expertise to assess your case on an individual basis to get you the results you need.
How long will the liposuction claims process take?
The liposuction compensation claims process can vary in length, due to the unique circumstances of each patient. However, you can rest assured that your dedicated solicitor will be on hand every step of the way to explain each stage to you, so you’ll know exactly what you can expect.
By speaking to our team of expert solicitors, you will be able to gain a better idea of the amount of time your case could take, helping you to consider next steps.
For more information on what you can expect when making a liposuction compensation claim with Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors, click the button below.
Is there a time limit for making a liposuction compensation claim?
In the majority of cases, you have three years from the date of the procedure to make a claim for liposuction compensation. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. Speaking to a solicitor sooner rather than later will allow you to determine your next steps and whether you are eligible to make a claim.
What will my liposuction compensation cover?
If your liposuction claim is successful, the compensation you receive will help you to get your life back on track following this stressful incident. Usually, compensation will cover:
- The cost of any care you have required as a result of your injury
- Medical fees
- Travel costs to and from medical appointments
- Physical and emotional damage caused by the incident
- Long-term suffering
- Loss of quality of life
- The pain and suffering caused
How can we help with your liposuction claim?
Liposuction surgeons and clinics have a responsibility to their patients to provide a service that meets a certain standard. If you feel this hasn’t happened and you have suffered as a result, you are entitled to claim for compensation.
Whatever your circumstances, we are ready to help you seek justice and claim the compensation you deserve. Not only can the appropriate financial compensation go towards reconstructive surgery and aid your physical and mental recovery, but making the claim can also play a role in stopping the offending surgeon or clinic from making the same mistake with other patients in the future.
FAQs about liposuction negligence claims
Is there a time limit for making a liposuction negligence claim?
In the United Kingdom, the general rule for personal injury claims, including medical negligence cases, is that you have three years from the date of the negligence or from when you first realised that you suffered a significant injury due to negligence.
This time limit is known as the 'limitation period'. For example, if you underwent a liposuction procedure on the 1st of July 2023 and immediately experienced complications that suggested negligence, you would typically have until the 1st of July 2026 to commence legal proceedings.
However, if you only became aware of the negligence at a later date – for instance, if complications didn't become evident until a year after the procedure – then the three-year limitation period might start from that date instead.
There are some exceptions to the three-year rule. For individuals who lack mental capacity, there is no time limit to making a claim. For children, the three-year limit does not begin until their 18th birthday, meaning they have until they turn 21 to make a claim.
It's important to get legal advice as soon as you suspect you may have a claim for negligence. The process of preparing a case can be time-consuming as it often involves gathering medical records, obtaining expert medical opinions, and detailed legal preparation. Starting the process early gives the best chance of making sure your claim is filed within the limitation period.
What evidence do I need to support my liposuction compensation claim?
When pursuing a compensation claim following a liposuction procedure that did not meet your expectations or caused you harm, several pieces of evidence will be required to substantiate your case:
- Medical records: these will provide comprehensive proof of your health condition before and after the procedure. They can indicate any complications or harm that resulted from the liposuction.
- Photographic evidence: pictures of the area(s) where the liposuction was performed can demonstrate any physical damage or deformities caused by the procedure. It is best to have photographs from before and after the surgery to illustrate the changes.
- Witness testimony: this can be from friends, family, or colleagues who can attest to the change in your physical appearance or your physical or mental health following the procedure.
- Financial records: these can demonstrate the costs you have incurred as a result of the procedure. This could include additional medical treatment costs, travel expenses, or lost earnings due to time off work.
- Expert opinion: in some cases, the opinion of an independent medical professional might be needed to substantiate your claim that the harm or damage you have suffered was due to negligence or a mistake during the liposuction procedure.
How much compensation could I receive?
The amount of compensation you could receive will depend on several factors such as the extent of the physical and psychological damage, the impact on your quality of life, loss of earnings, and the costs of any additional treatments or corrective procedures. Each case is unique and the compensation will be calculated based on your individual circumstances.
How much does it cost to hire a solicitor for liposuction compensation claims?
The cost of hiring a solicitor to handle a liposuction compensation claim can vary. Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors operate on a 'no win, no fee' basis, also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). This means that if you do not win the case, you will not have to pay the solicitor's fee, though there may be other costs involved. If you win, the solicitor will take a pre-agreed percentage of your compensation as their fee.
What is the success rate for liposuction compensation claims?
The success rate for liposuction compensation claims can vary widely, as each case is assessed individually. The outcome depends on the strength of the evidence, the specifics of the case, the skill and expertise of your solicitor, and the interpretation of the law. It is always advisable to seek advice from a qualified and experienced solicitor who specialises in medical negligence claims.
Can I claim compensation for other related expenses such as corrective procedures, travel costs and loss of earnings?
You can claim compensation for other related expenses such as corrective procedures, travel costs, and loss of earnings. These fall under the category of 'special damages' in personal injury claims, which are intended to cover financial losses you've incurred as a result of the incident. Always keep a detailed record and receipts of any such costs to submit as evidence for your claim.
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If you have experienced problems following liposuction surgery and think they are the result of negligence, talk to our expert cosmetic surgery negligence team today. Call 0808 271 6219 or request a callback by completing the contact form.