Important Advice about Plastic Surgery Gone Wrong
Plastic surgeons have the same duty of care as any medical practitioner and, when there has been a case of plastic surgery gone wrong, it is possible to claim compensation for the injuries which you have sustained. Unlike many other personal injury cases, a claim for plastic surgery gone wrong is not assessed by the Injuries Board Ireland, but has to be prepared to be presented in court and supported by medical experts testifying that your injuries were due to the negligence of the plastic surgeon.
Not all compensation claims for plastic surgery gone wrong are resolved in court. Many are settled by negotiation between your solicitor and the surgeon´s medical insurers when the surgeon has admitted his mistake. However, reaching the point where a plastic surgeon is prepared to acknowledge that he made an avoidable error which “on the balance of probability” lead to your injuries can be a long and arduous route.
Making a Claim for Plastic Surgery Gone Wrong
Irrespective of the reason why you had plastic surgery in the first place, there are many considerations to take into account when making a claim for plastic surgery gone wrong. You may have contracted a professional to perform a task which he failed to complete adequately due to a lack of skill or an ability to demonstrate that skill. The consequences of the plastic surgery gone wrong may be that you may have to undergo revision surgery to correct the plastic surgeon´s errors and — temporary or permanently — live with the visible signs of the plastic surgery gone wrong; possibly resulting in emotional distress and a lack of confidence in the future.
There are also scenarios where the surgeon is not responsible for plastic surgery gone wrong due to an error with a scalpel but because he has used a faulty product which has subsequently led to your injuries. Recent revelations about faulty breast implants have caused alarm for thousands of women throughout Ireland, and while operations are being carried out to nip, tuck or insert, there is the risk of a reaction to the anaesthetic, sustaining brain damage due to a decrease in blood circulation or developing a blood clot which may lead to paralysis if not detected at an early stage.
Compensation for Plastic Surgery Gone Wrong
In order to be eligible to claim compensation for plastic surgery gone wrong, it is important to remember that an injury must have taken place. Most claims for plastic surgery gone wrong have an element of emotional injury associated with them — a complicated factor to quantify, and one which requires a psychologist to examine the effect of the plastic surgery gone wrong on your mental health in relation to how it was prior to having the procedure which led to the injury.
A surgeon is a highly skilled practitioner, and it has to be proven that any other qualified plastic surgeon would have taken a different course of action at the time and under the circumstances which would have prevented the injury from being sustained. Once negligence is established, a claim for plastic surgery gone wrong should include damages for the pain and suffering you have experienced — both physically and emotionally — together with compensation for any deterioration in your quality of life caused by the plastic surgery gone wrong and the cost of revision surgery — if that is the course of action you wish to take.
Get Advice about Compensation for Plastic Surgery Gone Wrong
If you or a loved one has sustained an injury due plastic surgery gone wrong, you are invited to call our legal claims advice helpline and discuss making a claim for plastic surgery gone wrong with one of our expert personal injury solicitors. Our solicitor will advise you whether you have a claim for plastic surgery gone wrong which is worth your while to pursue, explain the process involved in claiming compensation for plastic surgery gone wrong and provide you with accurate and up to date information about how much compensation you may be entitled to receive.
Once you have spoken with us there is no obligation on you to proceed with a claim for plastic surgery gone wrong and all calls to our legal claims advice helpline are completely confidential. If you are unable to call us right away, please complete the callback box below and let us know when is a convenient time at which to call. Please ensure you have a pen and paper at hand to make notes and write down any questions you may wish to ask us.
Our solicitors have over twenty years of experience in handling delicate compensation claims, and your claim for plastic surgery gone wrong will be managed with the utmost courtesy and discretion. We only provide advice in plain English and you can be assured of a dedicated and professional service throughout our initial conversation and any subsequent dealings.