Facial scar revision is a very specialist area of cosmetic surgery and it requires a highly skilled surgeon to perform this procedure. In most circumstances, facial scar revision surgery is conducted successfully; but in cases where the outcome is worse than the original scarring, it may be possible to make compensation claims for facial scar revision surgery gone wrong.
There are two possible scenarios in which you may be eligible to claim compensation for negligent cosmetic surgery revisions. The first is that you were not advised that there could be a negative outcome, and the second is that your surgeon failed to demonstrate sufficient skill to perform the revision surgery to the standard generally accepted by the medical community.
Uninformed Consent or Medical Negligence?
The first of the scenarios – you were not advised that there could be a negative outcome – revolves around the issue of “informed consent”. This means that the risk of a negative outcome should have been fully explained to you before you underwent revision surgery. If your surgeon failed to obtain your “informed consent”, he or she will be considered to have breached their duty of care towards you and you will be able to make compensation claims for facial scar revision surgery gone wrong.
The second scenario – that your surgeon failed to demonstrate an acceptable level of skill – can be determined by undergoing an examination by an independent medical expert. The expert will identify any areas where “on the balance of probabilities” your surgeon delivered a poor professional performance and report back to your solicitor on the likelihood of successfully claiming compensation for negligent cosmetic surgery revisions.
Making Compensation Claims for Facial Scar Revision Surgery Gone Wrong
Provided that your consent form does not indicate the risk of a negative outcome, or there is sufficient evidence of negligence to support a claim for compensation for negligent cosmetic surgery revisions, your solicitor will send a “Letter of Claim” to the cosmetic surgeon´s practise. The “Letter of Claim” informs the practise you are making compensation claims for facial scar revision surgery gone wrong and invites an offer of settlement.
How much compensation for negligent cosmetic surgery revisions you are entitled to will depend on the extent of the scarring, your age and general state of health. If you have been diagnosed with a psychological injury that will also be taken into consideration, along with the cost of expert revision surgery if that is an option for you. Depending on the amount of facial scarring compared to before you underwent surgery, you may also be entitled to compensation for the deterioration in your quality of life.
Further Information about Compensation for Negligent Cosmetic Surgery Revisions
No two compensation claims for facial scar revision surgery gone wrong are identical. The cause and extent of failed revision surgery can vary from claim to claim, as can the impact that the failed revision surgery has on the individual. Consequently, it is essential that you obtain legal advice about making compensation claims for facial scar revision surgery gone wrong that is relevant to your particular circumstances.
To obtain individual and impartial legal advice about compensation for negligent cosmetic surgery revisions, you are invited to call our Medical Negligence Advice Bureau. This will allow you to confidentially discuss the circumstances in which you underwent revision cosmetic surgery and the negative outcome that you experienced.
Our solicitor will be able to answer any legal questions you may have about making compensation claims for facial scar revision surgery gone wrong in plain English without any obligation on you to proceed with legal action. This will enable you to make an informed decision about whether you have a claim for compensation for negligent cosmetic surgery revisions that is worth your while to pursue.