Dermal Fillers Compensation Claims
Despite official beauty clinics closing during the Covid-19 pandemic, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons has reported a 70% surge in requests for virtual consultations and bookings.
Worryingly, anyone can legally administer cosmetic fillers. Cheaper alternatives are offered in beauty salons, hairdressers, and private homes. Some clients who received botched procedures are now suffering the consequences of the practitioner’s lack of experience.
Unfortunately, not all practitioners are insured, which raises concerns for Personal Injury and Medical Negligence Lawyers. Currently, lip enhancements and dermal fillers are not regulated, nor is Cosmetic surgery currently a defined area of medical practice.
Making a claim against unlicenced practitioners has previously been made difficult due to the high turnover of providers and the provider’s lack of insurance. NCEPOD found that 11.5% of registered practitioners had ceased trading within the year. Non-healthcare practitioners are currently not legally required to hold any insurance against patient claims, nor are they obligated to provide follow-up appointments.
With the majority of the UK currently working from home, many have had to use Zoom to communicate with team members. The frequent use of the app has been blamed for “Lockdown Face”, which has caused a recent surge in cosmetic surgery interest.
Incomes have changed through furlough and Medical Clinics have been closed due to the Covid-19 restrictions. As a result, there has been an increased search for cheaper alternatives to beauty treatments. Many who have undergone at-home procedures are now suffering burns, extreme bruising, and swelling. Some of the more serious cases include tissue damage, infection, burst lips, and blindness.
- Lip fillers administered by a doctor: An average of £350 + a £50 consultation fee. Compared to £150 on the high street. Lip enhancements and dermal fillers are not currently regulated.
- Injectables are the most asked for procedure, followed by the more invasive options of liposuction and breast augmentations, even ‘neck rejuvenation. Men have also contributed to the rise in enquiries, with many booking in for hair transplants.
- In 2015 the UK industry was estimated at approximately £4 billion, a figure which has surely risen as it shows no sign of slowing down.
Cosmetic Procedure Claims:
As well as making sure any procedures are carried out properly, surgeons and beauty technicians have a legal obligation to provide full detail of any cosmetic treatments or products you use and adequate care before, during and after undergoing these. If they fail to do so, you may have grounds for a compensation claim for negligence by your cosmetic treatment provider.
You may be able to claim compensation for botched cosmetic surgery or beauty treatments that do not meet your expectations. As well as the use of defective implants or complications from surgery such as nerve damage or scarring, this could cover procedures such as:
Tummy tucks and gastric bands
Botox and fillers
Breast augmentation or reduction
The implications of substandard cosmetic operations or treatments can be far-reaching. Errors during surgery can cause disfigurement and leave permanent scars. Your body may reject an impact or product. Any mistakes may need to be corrected through further cosmetic surgery. This has serious emotional and physical implications and making a compensation claim is important to provide financial support for any further treatments needed and to hold the responsible surgeon or treatment provider to account.
Even though some beauty procedures may be unregulated, and more and more people travel abroad for cheaper surgery or treatments, there is still an expectation to receive an adequate level of service from cosmetic experts.
Cosmetic Procedures Claims Process
Watermans want to provide our expert legal advice to those affected. So, if you have been negatively affected by poor cosmetic practices, get in touch with Watermans Solicitors to see if you can claim.
The implications of botched cosmetic procedures can be both physically altering and psychologically lasting. Any mistakes may need to be corrected through further cosmetic surgery. This makes pursuing a compensation claim vital. You could receive financial support for any further treatments needed, for any loss of earnings, and hold the responsible treatment provider to account.
Even though some beauty procedures may be unregulated there is still an expectation to receive an adequate level of service from cosmetic practitioners.
Step 1: Call Watermans Solicitors (0131 555 7055 and 0141 430 7055) or contact us via this form. Over the initial phone call, we will need to collect information from you. We will ask you about your injuries, details of what happened, and who administered the procedure. Share any details concerning the practitioner that you may have as well as photos, and any witnesses. All this information can be extremely helpful when considering and pursuing your claim.
Step 2: A solicitor will determine if there is a claim to be made. If we decide to take your case on, we will send you paperwork to sign. Once we receive this back, Watermans Solicitors will become your official representation.
Step 3: Our team will then call the practice or individual responsible for carrying out the procedure to let them know that we are pursuing legal action on your behalf. If the practice is insured, the negotiation process is much easier than if the practitioner is uninsured. If the latter, your claim will take longer to process whilst we investigate further.
Step 4: Your solicitor will keep you up to date on the progress of your claim. It is important to note that claims can take months to finalise. However, we aim to negotiate the best outcome as swift as possible.
We specialise in all types of cosmetic claims; ensuring that you are compensated for the loss of wages and receive a fair settlement for your injuries. Contact Watermans Solicitors via this form or call us on 0131 555 7055 to start your claim.