Cosmetic Negligence is not something to laugh about. As a sponsor of Botched!, Gowing Law Solicitors understands how a problematic beauty treatment can cause a world of problems for people. Fillers tend to be one of the main culprits in the beauty world that go wrong. If you have suffered due to dermal fillers, and have even had to cope with facial disfigurement. Don’t deal with these problems on your own. Gowing Law Solicitors can help you get the compensation that you deserve. Read on to learn about fillers, the problems of fillers and how you can make a claim about fillers that have gone wrong.
What are Dermal Fillers?
Before we jump into how you can get compensation for any beauty problems, let’s start off with a little information about dermal fillers themselves. We will start off with the basics:
As you can see, dermal fillers are a medical procedure that are used by both women and men to improve their wrinkles and appearance. However, they do come with their own risks. The level of these risks depend on the experience of the cosmetic practitioner, and the type of dermal filler they are using to smooth your skin. You do not have to do this. However if you feel like it is the only option for you then make sure you do your research before you pick a practitioner and the amount of treatment.
Different Types of Dermal Fillers
Of course, whilst we are mainly talking about skin fillers, there are other types of facial dermal fillers you can consider. Here are some examples:
Nowadays, botox and dermal fillers are becoming more common-place. Some people don’t see it as any more of a procedure than having their hair or nails done. Therefore, they don’t appear to be a serious issue, despite the fact that only a licensed health professional can give out this prescription- only medication.
A leading cosmetic specialist, with over 14 years’ experience in facial aesthetics, has countered to this, indicating that over a quarter his work is dedicated to damage-control from hairdressers and beauticians
“We’re seeing more and more cases where patients are coming in with serious problems,” he explains. “And not little lumps and bruises but where fillers have been injected into blood vessels or into arteries and the damage that can be done is frightening.”
It is too easy to get access to these services outside of medical professionals/ professional cosmetic services. Many people think they can simply go to their hairdresser or a friend and get them injected at a lower rate. This is how problems occur. An example comes from our cosmetic specialist:
“If Botox and/or fillers are injected into blood vessels, or too much around blood vessels so they are compressed, that stops the blood supply to the tissue and causes what’s called necrosis. The lack of oxygen then kills the tissue so the skin on your face basically dies. We see a case of skin necrosis every six to eight weeks and not all will require surgery, some can be injected with an enzyme, but if it’s not spotted soon enough then plastic surgery, specifically a skin graft, will be needed to correct it.
We’re also getting reports of cases of blindness too with fillers which have been pushed into people’s faces and gone into the central retinal artery. So although it’s been trivialised to the point where it’s become part of some people’s regular beauty regimes, they don’t realise just how dangerous and damaging it could be.”
Can I claim compensation for a botched dermal filler?
If you think you have a dermal filler compensation claim, the main thing that you need to prove is that the injury you suffered was due to your medical professional’s cosmetic negligence. Your cosmetic professional needs to be able to ensure your health and safety during the procedure. However if the following happened, there is a likely chance that you could have a successful compensation case on your hands:
Procedure Mistakes: Your medical professional may have made a mistake during the dermal filler procedure. This could include over-correction where too much filler was injected or perhaps even an incorrect placement of the needle. This can make your skin look lumpy under the surface, meaning that you have unwanted side effects.
Incorrect Advice: If your cosmetic professional did not talk you through the procedure before treatment, including the pros, cons, risks and side effects, you have a case of medical negligence on your hand. They provided you bad advice and did not allow you to make an informed decision before taking the treatment. If you had been fully informed of the possible problems, you may not have had the treatment. This means you have a legitimate compensation case on your hands.
Another reason why you may be able to claim for compensation is due to an allergic reaction. If you had not been questioned about any allergies, or asked to take a health risk assessment, this can show that you were not properly taken care of. Their negligence can give you a reason to file for compensation.
Waivers & Compensation
You may be worried about making a claim because you signed a waiver before treatment. Well, don’t worry, you can still claim regardless of this! Just because the surgeon/medical cosmetic professional informed you of the treatment, they still owe you a duty of care. This means if the cosmetic surgeon is negligent during the injection procedures, you can claim for compensation if you are injured.
How do you move forward with a cosmetic negligence compensation claim?
Botched Cosmetic Surgery is never fun to deal with on your own. So, we would recommend that the first thing you do is visit our medical negligence page to learn more about our cosmetic negligence claim solicitors. However, before you do so, make sure to gather up as much evidence as you possibly can, including dated contract papers and statements. You may also want to send a letter of complaint to the surgery that botched your fillers. That way you can inform them of your intent to claim compensation.
Gowing Law Solicitors are ready to help.
For more information, please contact Gowing Law Solicitors today! We would be more than happy to help with your medical negligence claim. Call 0161 808 8888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Our trained team of medical negligence claim solicitors would be happy to give you free advice on a no win, no fee basis.
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