YOU MAY HAVE A CLAIM FOR COMPENSATION
Facelift Surgery Compensation Claims
If you have in an injury caused by facelift surgery you may be able to claim compensation. Your case will be reviewed by our panel of legal firms who will be able to tell you how much you could be owed.
What are facelift surgery claims?
Facelift surgeries are among the top 10 most common plastic surgery procedures worldwide. A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, focuses on lifting and pulling back your facial skin to improve your appearance. This operation is typically prevalent amongst people who want their faces to look smoother and tighter.
For those who have a facelift, sagging or flabby skin around the neck and jowls will be drastically reduced. There are multiple different facelift surgeries, the most common being traditional, mini face-lift, and mid face-lift, another type is jawline rejuvenation.
Unfortunately, whilst many facelift surgeries are successful, such procedures always carry the risk of complications. When these issues arise due to your facelift surgeon’s recklessness, you’re entitled to monetary compensation for your injuries. This article focuses on helping you calculate how much you could recover in such situations.
Check your eligibility for facelift claims
If you had a facelift surgery under the care of either the NHS or from a private medical provider, you are still entitled to compensation in certain circumstances. In fact, irrespective of where you got your surgery, you’ll be eligible to file for damages for a failed facelift if you can prove the following:
Breach of Duty of Care
All surgeons in the UK owe it to their patients to take care of them to the best of their abilities. In other words, the medical personnel handling your rhytidectomy procedure must keep you safe from harm.
More than just having a duty to care for you, they must also uphold the required standard of care. When they fail to live up to this standard, they become liable for injuries from their carelessness.
It is not enough to prove that your surgeon was negligent in handling your case. UK’s personal injury laws also mandate that you prove that their wrongful act caused your scars. In other words, your surgeon’s recklessness must directly cause your injuries. If this isn’t the case, you wouldn’t be qualified to file for damages.
Proving the above elements can be challenging, especially when you attempt to do it alone. Your best bet for finding ample evidence and proving your allegations is to hire an experienced solicitor.
Did you know?
The top 3 factors influencing young people’s decision to undergo facial cosmetic surgery were:
- Peers: 45% of Gen-Z participants agreed that their desire for cosmetic surgery was or has been influenced by their peers.
- Influencers: 45% of participants aged 18-24 agreed that influencers were a factor in prompting a desire for surgery.
- Filters: 41% of Gen-Z participants agreed that filters such as on social media picture apps such as Snapchat have influenced their desire to undergo surgery.
Negligent actions associated with facelift surgery
As we mentioned above, your rhytidectomy surgeon must have been negligent to face any penalty for your injury. Here are some examples of reckless medical behaviours that may warrant a facelift surgery compensation claim.
- Using strange procedures when operating on you
- Inadequate examination of medical history
- Not discussing the risks of the surgery
- Using the wrong surgical tools/equipment
- No consideration for alternative medicine
- Improper aftercare procedures and no post-surgery care advice, etc
Problems arising from bad surgery
A botched rhytidectomy can put you at risk of the following complications:
Facial asymmetry happens when your face becomes misaligned or crooked. Although almost nobody has a 100% perfectly-aligned face, the asymmetrical facial features from a failed facelift are very noticeable.
Facial asymmetry happens when the surgeon doesn’t evenly pull your skin back. Fortunately, you can have corrective surgery to repair this problem.
Nerve damage hardly happens in facelift surgeries. However, if it occurs, it carries devastating consequences, often resulting in temporary or permanent sensation loss. Sometimes, nerve damage can also result in asymmetrical facial expressions.
Hematoma happens when blood collects in pools under your skin. This typically occurs when your surgeon damages or breaks a blood vessel during the operation. Hematoma causes inflammation, tenderness, redness, and pain and can look unsightly.
Fortunately, you can also correct this condition with further surgery. However, failure to do corrective surgery early enough may result in skin/tissue damage.
As with any surgical procedure, you can develop infections after a facelift if your surgeon doesn’t adhere to hygienic practices during and after the surgery. For example, diseases can pass from unsterilised instruments into your body. Common symptoms of post-op infections are fever, pain, redness, and discharge from the incision site.
Infection after facelift surgery requires urgent medical attention to prevent it from becoming more severe and deadly. If the infection is serious, it can affect the healing of your incisions.
If your surgeon removed too much skin, you might develop overtightened skin after a facelift. This condition can be excruciatingly painful.
Like every other surgical procedure, facelifts leave scars on the incision sites. However, skilled plastic surgeons know to limit scarring, unlike negligent doctors who close incisions in a way that leads to noticeable scars.
Necrosis is one of the worst facelift complications anyone can have. This condition can result from a lack of blood circulation or infection.
Pixie Ear Deformity
Pixie ear deformity is a common rhytidectomy complication. If you have this condition after a facelift, you’ll notice that your ears look “pulled” or “stuck on.” This can cause a significant change in appearance and distract everyone from your other facial features. Although this condition may improve after administering local anaesthesia, some people will need a revision facelift to correct it.
It’s possible to develop allergic reactions to the medications prescribed before/after the surgery. You may also react negatively to the surgery materials or anaesthesia. Allergic reactions dissipate with proper treatment, but they may also lead to shock in some cases.
Types of compensation for facelift surgery claims
According to the National Health Service, facelift surgery can cost up to £10,000. After such an investment, the further financial implications of negligence induced surgical complications can be crippling. If you have a legitimate compensation case you will be compensated for your financial burden. You may be entitled to the following types of compensation after successfully filing a facelift surgery claim/lawsuit:
General or non-economic damages refer to your compensation for your physical/psychological hurt from the botched facelift surgery. They include pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of companionship, permanent scarring, reduced quality of life, etc. General damages may also compensate you for the embarrassment your doctor’s negligence caused you.
Special or economic damages are the opposite of general damages. Instead of compensating for the psychological effects of your injury, it focuses on your financial losses. For example, special damages will reimburse you for medication or corrective surgery costs. Other examples of this type of compensation include loss of earnings, transportation costs, and other medical expenses.
Compensation amounts for facelift claims
Beyond filing a compensation claim, it’s essential to know your claim’s value. This will help you understand whether pursuing a personal injury claim is worth the hassle. It’ll also ensure you don’t settle for less than you deserve.
Sadly, there’s no obvious estimate for facelift compensation, the final settlement amount will depend on numerous factors like the severity of your injuries, the financial cost you’ve suffered due to the complication and the impact of your quality of life.
However, below is a rough estimate of how much compensation you may receive after a botched facelift surgery. These amounts are based on information from the Judicial College Guidelines
Did you know?
In the UK, the time limit for filing a claim for a facelift claim is three years from the date of the incident. If you don’t file your suit within three years, you may not receive any settlement.
If a substandard rhytidectomy caused you trivial scars, you would receive £1,710 and £3,530 as damages.
The amount you’ll receive after sustaining significant injuries depends on the degree of scarring. For example, if camouflage makeup covers your scars, it’s pretty low; your compensation will be around £3,950 to £13,740. This applies if your injuries don’t significantly impact your life, even if there are multiple scars. However, where your scars require another plastic surgery, your damages will increase to around £9,110 to £30,090.
If you have severe scarring, your face is likely disfigured, and even makeup wouldn’t provide adequate relief. This scarring also puts you at high risk of mental health challenges. Damages for severe scarring are from £29,780 to £97,330.
Remember that the figures above are guidelines and aren’t set in stone. If you want a more accurate estimate of your compensation sum, Claims Bible can help.
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