This article was published on January 22nd, 2014
People undergo cosmetic surgery for many reasons. They may have suffered a traumatic illness such as breast cancer and hope that the procedure will help them return to normality. Some may seek treatment following an accident. Others may be doing so for purely cosmetic reasons.
Whatever the driving factor, when a procedure goes wrong both the psychological and the physical effects can be truly devastating.
Cosmetic surgery negligence can occur as a result of a number of different procedures including:
Every patient, whether private or NHS, considering cosmetic surgery should undergo a psychological assessment to ensure that they get the right outcome from the procedure. It is commonly accepted that those suffering from depression do not obtain good results.
Most surgeries will be carried out by private clinics. When things go wrong the clinics tend to blame the surgeons as independent contractors. It is important to check in the small print whether the clinic is offering the procedure or if it is offering an introduction to a surgeon who is an independent contractor operating under his own insurance.
It is particularly important to seek specialist solicitors who are familiar with the potential pitfalls of private clinics and the contractual elements of the agreements for such surgery.
We have a dedicated team that will provide expert advice in this complex area. There to advise you through each step of the process, from the initial advice, to possible treatment if required, we pride ourselves on our professional but caring approach.