Claiming compensation for excessive scarring after cosmetic surgery can be difficult in many circumstances. This is because, as with every type of surgery, there is a risk that scars will form where incisions have been made in your skin. You should be advised of these risks before consenting to undergo any type of cosmetic procedure
Further issues exist with what constitutes “excessive scarring”, and whether you have contributed to the extent of your injury by your own lack of care. Because of the potential issues that may affect your eligibility to make claims for scars from plastic surgery, it is advisable to speak with a medical negligence solicitor at the first possible moment.
Excessive Scarring and Informed Consent
One of the most important issues to be resolved before you make claims for scars from plastic surgery is whether your surgeon received your “informed consent”. This means that any risks of post-operative scarring should have been fully explained to you before you underwent the cosmetic procedure.
If you were told that the procedure you were about to undergo had the risk of excessive scarring afterwards – and you agreed to undergo the procedure knowing this – it is unlikely that a claim for compensation for excessive scarring after cosmetic surgery will be successful.
Alternatively, if you were not told about the risk of excessive scarring prior to the cosmetic procedure, your surgeon did not obtain your “informed consent” and you will be entitled to make compensation claims for scars from plastic surgery.
Making Compensation Claims for Scars from Plastic Surgery
To confirm that you are entitled to compensation for excessive scarring after cosmetic surgery, your solicitor will request a copy of your consent form and arrange for an examination of your injury to be conducted by an independent cosmetic expert.
If the scarring is attributable to medical negligence – or you were not told about the risks of scarring prior to the procedure – your solicitor will send a “Letter of Claim” to the cosmetic surgeon´s practise. The “Letter of Claim” advises the practise that you are making claims for scars from plastic surgery and invites an offer of settlement.
The settlement of your claim will be based on the extent, the location and the visibility of the scarring in relation to your age and general standard of health. If you have been diagnosed with a psychological trauma as a result of the cosmetic surgeon´s negligence, this will also be taken into account, as will the cost of revision surgery.
Further Information about Compensation for Excessive Scarring after Cosmetic Surgery
No two claims for scars from plastic surgery are the same. The nature of excessive scarring differs from claim to claim, as does the effect of the scarring on the individual. Consequently, it is important that you obtain legal advice about claiming compensation for excessive scarring after cosmetic surgery that is relevant to your own particular situation.
With this in mind, you are invited to call our Medical Negligence Advice Bureau in order to discuss the scarring that remains from a cosmetic surgery procedure with a qualified medical negligence solicitor. Our solicitor will be able to answer any legal questions you may have about making claims for scars from plastic surgery without any obligation on you to proceed with legal action.
By contacting our service, you will have your legal options explained to you in plain English with complete confidentiality. This will enable you to make an informed decision about whether you have a claim for compensation for excessive scarring after cosmetic surgery that may be worth your while to pursue.