Tummy tuck compensation claims
If you have experienced issues following your abdominoplasty surgery (commonly known as a tummy tuck) and think that the problems you faced were the fault of a negligent surgeon or clinic, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
The compensation you may be entitled to could help you pay for restorative surgery as well as damages for any physical or psychological distress you suffered as a result of the tummy tuck going wrong.
Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors is a specialist UK law firm in the field of abdominoplasty claims and was the first legal practice established in England and Wales dedicated to guiding victims of negligent cosmetic surgery through the complicated claims process.
Working on a no win, no fee basis, we have an impressive win rate of over 95% for the cases we’ve pursued after obtaining medical evidence, successfully recovering over £4 million for our clients in the process.
To speak to our expert solicitors about whether you can make a claim after your tummy tuck has gone wrong, get in touch with us today. Call 0800 634 0285 or fill in the quick contact form to request a call back.
How can tummy tucks go wrong?
Abdominoplasty is most often undertaken to remove excess skin and fat from around the lower abdomen to achieve a flatter, more taut stomach. Lots of patients who choose to have this surgery are looking to remove sagging, loose skin that is often caused by significant weight loss.
Most surgeries are carried out successfully and patients are happy with their results, but inevitably there are times when tummy tucks can go wrong.
There are a wide range of physical issues that surgical negligence can cause. We have successfully helped patients claim compensation after experiencing the below problems:
- Excessive scarring
- Incorrect positioning or loss of belly button
- Nerve damage
- Swelling that does not subside for months
Signs of negligence
After undergoing a tummy tuck, patients should allow a recovery period of three to four weeks before deciding whether to make a claim for compensation.
Abdominoplasty is a major operation so some pain, swelling and discomfort is to be expected following surgery. However, if symptoms persist following this recovery period, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Some common signs of negligence are:
- Skin contour deformity due to insufficient removal of excess tissue
- Puckering of the skin around the scar line
- Persistent pain in the abdominal area
- Seroma - fluid collecting around the wound
SURGEONS’ AND CLINICS’ DUTY OF CARE
Surgeons and clinics that carry out abdominoplasty procedures have a duty of care to ensure patients’ safety and wellbeing.
It is important that they are held accountable to this duty as when tummy tucks go wrong they can cause long lasting physical and psychological damage to the patient.
Clinics and surgeons are not only responsible for managing things that are reasonably preventable, but also for telling you about the complications that cannot be prevented.
If your clinic or surgeon has not fulfilled this duty of care, you may be eligible to make a claim for abdominoplasty compensation.
How can we help?
If you have experienced any of the issues listed above following your tummy tuck surgery, get in touch with our team to discuss the details of your case.
Regulations within the cosmetic surgery industry are very inconsistent, so it can be hard to understand your legal position if you have experienced negligence from a surgeon or clinic. But Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors can support you in your claim for compensation following an unsuccessful abdominoplasty.
To speak to our expert solicitors about whether you can make a claim for tummy tuck compensation, call us freephone 0808 163 8266 or fill in the quick contact form on this page to request a call back.
ABOUT TUMMY TUCK SURGERY
This procedure is undertaken to remove surplus skin and fat around the abdomen area to attain a flatter, more taut stomach. Most people who choose to have this surgery are looking to remove sagging, loose skin, sometimes caused by significant weight loss.
There are three main methods of tummy tuck surgery:
- Standard Abdominoplasty
- Partial 'Mini' Abdominoplasty
- Extended Abdominoplasty
Signs of negligence - Abdominoplasty
A standard abdominoplasty is one of the most common techniques used to create a slimmer, tighter stomach, and is performed under general anaesthetic.
- Excessive scarring
- Loss of belly-button or off-centre repositioning
- Nerve damage, which can lead to a loss of sensation
signs of negligence - partial or ‘mini’ abdominoplasty
This is not as invasive as other tummy tuck techniques, as the belly button is not moved. It is recommended for people who have surplus skin and fat located in the mid to lower abdomen, and is either performed under general or local anaesthetic.
Signs of Mini Abdominoplasty Complications / Negligence
- Excessive scarring along the lower abdomen
- Persistent pain in the abdominal area – if symptoms worsen, seek medical advice.
SIGNS OF NEGLIGENCE - Extended abdominoplasty
The procedure for an extended tummy tuck involves the removal of skin and fat from the lower abdomen under general anaesthetic, while also removing tissue from the back, waist and upper thighs to reshape the abdominal area.
Signs of Complications / Negligence
- Swelling, which may not subside for many months.
- Off-centre repositioning of the navel.
- Seroma – fluid collecting around the wound.
Find out more about your legal rights in our report: Cosmetic Surgery: Knowing Your Rights if Something Goes Wrong