Watermans Solicitors is calling for the Scottish Government to include compulsory liability insurance to form part of any regulations or legislation on botched cosmetic filler procedures.
Managing Director Scott Whyte said the move must be carried out to help prove liability involving compensation claims against unlawful practitioners.
The MD welcomed the news that the Scottish Government is set to crackdown on “wild west” cosmetic filler providers after it was announced that they are planning to bring in a licensing system for beauticians offering cosmetic injections such as lip or cheek fillers.
Scott said: “The availability of these procedures has never been greater – from the promotion of services online to friends and friends of friends offering procedures and treatment on social media.
“In the vast majority of cases these are well trained people who undertake treatment and patient care to a high standard.
“However, with every growing trend there is always an element of the market which doesn’t follow the rules and procedures that others do. In some cases the results can be catastrophic. We have first-hand knowledge of clients who have suffered terrible outcomes from providers who have clearly not had the skills and expertise to operate safely in this industry.
“Unfortunately in a number of cases, although we could prove liability on the part of the practitioner, they had closed down and did not have insurance so no claim could be made.
“We therefore call upon the Scottish Government to include compulsory liability insurance to form part of any regulations or legislation in this area to protect people when things do go wrong.
“Anyone considering going ahead with a procedure should first check the NHS guidelines around cosmetic fillers as their starting point. Thereafter we would urge them to make enquiries that the person undertaking the procedure is suitably qualified to undertake it, is a member of a registered body in the industry and has liability insurance that will cover them in the event the procedure does not go to plan. “