Compensation Claims for Medical Negligence by a Plastic Surgeon

Compensation claims for medical negligence by a plastic surgeon enable you to recover compensation for errors made by a plastic surgeon that have left you with a physical or psychological injury, and for the impact that the injury has had on your quality of life. However, like many medical negligence claims, claiming compensation for negligent plastic surgery can be particularly complicated – especially if you have given your consent to undergo a surgical procedure knowing that a risk of injury was possible.

When you make compensation claims for medical negligence by a plastic surgeon, it has to be proven that “at the time and in the circumstances” the plastic surgeon demonstrated a poor professional performance below the standard that would be generally accepted by the medical profession. If, during the surgical procedure, there were unforeseeable complications that led to an unavoidable injury, compensation claims for medical negligence by a plastic surgeon are unlikely to be successful.

The conditions for claiming compensation for negligent plastic surgery become even more complicated if you intend to claim for a psychological injury due to a “non-symmetrical outcome”. There is no guarantee that any cosmetic surgery will have the desired outcome and, if you suffer a psychological injury due to being unhappy with the results of a surgical procedure, you may again be unhappy when you discover you are not entitled compensation for negligent plastic surgery.

Making Compensation Claims for Medical Negligence by a Plastic Surgeon

In order to prove that your plastic surgeon demonstrated a poor professional performance, and that his or her lack of skill caused you to suffer an avoidable injury, your solicitor would engage the services of an independent expert consultant. The expert consultant would examine you and conduct a review of the treatment you received to ascertain whether your plastic surgeon was indeed negligent.

If there is sufficient evidence of negligence to support compensation claims for medical negligence by a plastic surgeon, your solicitor will compose a “Letter of Claim” on your behalf and send it to the surgeon´s practise. The letter explains that you are claiming compensation for negligent plastic surgery, and requests that liability for your injury is admitted and an offer of settlement made within ninety days.

When compensation claims for medical negligence by a plastic surgeon are supported by unquestionable evidence of negligence, there should be no problem receiving an admission of liability. The settlement of compensation for negligent plastic surgery may take a little longer to resolve depending on how much compensation is offered by the surgeon´s practise and how much compensation your solicitor calculates you are entitled to.

How Much Compensation for Negligent Plastic Surgery?

We mentioned at the beginning of this article that compensation claims for medical negligence by a plastic surgeon enable you to recover compensation for a physical or psychological injury, and for the impact that the injury has had on your quality of life. We feel it is important to expand on this point so that claimants have reasonable expectations of how much compensation for negligent plastic surgery they can expect.

First of all, any physical or psychological injury you are claiming for has to be quantifiable. This means that the injury (or injuries) has to be recorded in your medical records after you have been examined by a medical professional. You will then be awarded compensation according to the Judicial College Guidelines, which will be adjusted to account for your age and general state of health and – in some cases – for your sex.

The impact that an injury has on your quality of life is very important inasmuch as if you no longer wish to socialise, your work suffers or you start to feel disconnected from your family, you can include these factors in compensation claims for medical negligence by a plastic surgeon. You will also be able to recover any financial costs or loss of income you have incurred which is related to the injury you sustained, plus the cost of revision surgery if that is an option for you.

Further Information about Plastic Surgery Medical Negligence Claims

It is important to be aware that no two compensation claims for medical negligence by a plastic surgeon are identical. Even if you have suffered the exact same physical injuries as somebody you know or somebody you have read about, the emotional trauma you experience and any deterioration in your quality of life will be completely unique to you.

Consequently you need to speak with a medical negligence solicitor to discuss the injury you sustained, the information you were told before you underwent the surgical procedure, the explanation you have been given for your injury and the impact the injury has had on your emotional state of mind and your quality of life.

In this respect, we invite you to call our Medical Negligence Advice Bureau and speak directly with an experienced medical negligence solicitor. Our solicitor will listen carefully as you explain that circumstances of your injury and will be able to answer any legal questions you may have about making compensation claims for medical negligence by a plastic surgeon.

All calls to our legal advice service are free and completely confidential. When you call our Medical Negligence Advice Bureau, you are under no obligation to make compensation claims for medical negligence by a plastic surgeon or proceed with any other legal action. We aim to explain your legal options to you in plain English, so that you can make an informed decision about whether you have a claim for compensation for negligent plastic surgery that may be worth your while to pursue.