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Liposuction Negligence Claims Guide – How To Claim Compensation For Liposuction Gone Wrong?

Liposuction gone wrong

Liposuction gone wrong

You might already know that if a medical professional causes you to suffer due to negligent treatment, you could seek compensation from them. Did you know though that you could also claim if you suffer during cosmetic surgery?

This guide explains what you can do if liposuction has gone wrong and explains the problems caused by blotched liposuction, when you could claim and what you could include in a negligent liposuction claim.

If you would like to discuss a claim for a negligent liposuction procedure, please call 0800 652 3087 today. Our specialist advisers can answer any questions you may have and assess your claim free of charge. If they believe you have a valid claim, they could introduce you to one of our panel of medical negligence solicitors who work on a No Win No Fee basis.

To find out more about liposuction clinical negligence before calling our team, please carry on reading.

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A Guide On Claiming Compensation For Liposuction Gone Wrong

Liposuction is a common cosmetic procedure performed on both men and women. On some occasions it is performed as a medical procedure by the NHS too. In this guide, we’re going to explain your options if your liposuction has gone wrong and left you with scarring, an infection or any other problems.

We’ll look at what liposuction is, how it’s performed, and the risks involved. We’ll also show you what type of evidence you need to support any claim for liposuction negligence.

A medical negligence solicitor will usually want you to demonstrate that you suffered injuries following liposuction because the surgeon was negligent in some way. This could be due to procedural error, a hygiene lapse, a lack of proper training, or because they used faulty equipment. We’ll provide some examples of negligence later in this guide.

To help make any claim easier, our medical negligence solicitors work on a No Win No Fee basis. We’ll assess your claim for free and you’re under no obligation to begin a claim should you decide not to.

What Is Liposuction Surgery And Is It Safe?

Liposuction is a procedure where unwanted body fat is removed from an area of the body. It’s usually a cosmetic procedure used to alter a person’s body shape. The areas of the body where liposuction is usually performed are the tummy, thighs, buttocks and hips.

The procedure involves sucking out the unwanted fat which is hard to get rid of by exercising or eating healthily alone. Usually, the best results are seen when the patient is of average weight, and where the skin surrounding the area in question is tight.

If the patient maintains a normal and healthy weight following the procedure, the results can be long-lasting.

Other names liposuction is referred to include body contouring, lipo and lipoplasty. As with any surgical procedure, whether medical or cosmetic, there are risks associated with liposuction. We’ll cover these during another section of this guide, but one reason you may decide to sue for liposuction clinical negligence is because the risks weren’t explained to you fully prior to your treatment.

Because of the risks involved with liposuction, if you’re considering the procedure you should ensure you choose a qualified surgeon. There’s a link to BAAPS at the end of this guide. They’re the association of cosmetic surgeons in the UK and they have a register of members on their website.

Fat Removal Techniques

As we mentioned in the previous section, liposuction involves sucking fat from different parts of the body through a tube. A small incision is made and a cannula is inserted. Medicated fluids are usually pumped in first and then the fat sucked out by vacuum. The wounds are then sewn up and should normally heal quickly.

There are number of different types of liposuction including:

  • Tumescent liposuction. This involves a solution being injected into the area where fat is going to be removed. The solution is a mix of local anaesthetic, a salt solution and epinephrine which helps reduce blood loss. The salt solution helps suck out the fat
  • Ultrasound liposuction. Using ultrasound means the fat is turned into liquid prior to vacuuming. It can be performed using an external device or internally using a hot cannula
  • Laser liposuction. Again, the fat is liquified but this time by lasers. It may be vacuumed out, or could be collected by a medical drain. This type of liposuction uses a smaller cannula than the others. As such, it is often used to remove fat from more confined areas such as the face or chin

What Are The Risks Of Liposuction Surgery?

Here are some of the potential risks involved with liposuction:

  • Scarring. Usually, scars fade in about a year to 18-months. In cases where the scar becomes painful, additional procedures may be required
  • Seroma. If fluid builds up under the scar, you may need an operation to remove it or it may be removed using needles
  • Bleeding and Bruising. This will usually be short lived but some medication might need to be avoided to prevent further bleeding
  • Infections. This is actually quite rare following liposuction. Infections are usually controlled with antibiotics if they occur
  • Friction Burns. Sometimes, the rubbing of the canular used to dislodge fat can lead to friction burns
  • Uneven Removal. If fat is being removed from a large area, it may not be evenly removed meaning the body shape isn’t symmetrical. Fat can be injected to try and balance things out
  • Allergic Reaction. These are rare as your surgeon should check for a history of allergies prior to treatment
  • Body Organ Damage. It’s quite rare but muscles, nerves, body organs or blood vessels can sometimes be damaged during liposuction

There are other risks involved with liposuction too. It’s worth pointing out that if the liposuction was carried out correctly and the risks were explained prior to treatment, then you probably wouldn’t be able to claim if you suffer from any of the side effects following your treatment.

However, if you weren’t told about the risks or you were injured because of substandard treatment you could be eligible to claim. If your liposuction has gone wrong and you’d like to discuss a claim because you believe you suffered due to negligence, please get in touch.

What Are The Expected Liposuction Side Effects?

While there are some unwanted side effects following liposuction treatment, some can’t be avoided and are to be expected. These include:

  • Numbness of the treated area for up to 8 weeks
  • Scarring for up to 18 months
  • Swelling and bruising for up to 6 months. You will need to wear compression bandages or corset for a number of weeks following treatment to help reduce the swelling
  • Fluid leakage from incisions
  • And, if the ankles or legs are treated, swelling in ankles

Liposuction Recovery Time

Recovery from liposuction can take up to 6 weeks depending on the type, the size of the area treated, and the part of the body treated. For the first 24 hours, somebody should stay with you if you were given a general anaesthetic. After 7 days, any stitches will be removed, and if everything has gone well, you should be able to start doing strenuous activities after about 4 to 6 weeks.

If your recovery takes significantly longer than this, it might be sign that your liposuction has gone wrong. If that’s because your treatment or recovery treatment was negligent, you may be entitled to seek damages for your pain and suffering.

Infections Caused By Liposuction Negligence

If you suffer from an infection following liposuction treatment, you may be entitled to seek compensation. This will depend on whether any part of your treatment, including post-operative care, could be deemed negligent and to have caused the infection.

You should visit a doctor if you suspect a wound is infected, whether at the hospital where you were treated, or your local GP, the choice is yours to make. Either way, the medical records could be used as evidence to support your claim.

Infections caused by negligence can be tricky to prove so you should speak with one of our specialist advisers. They’ll assess what happened and help you decide whether you could claim for medical negligence that led to a liposuction infection or not.

Scars Caused By Liposuction Negligence

There are two types of scarring which can occur following liposuction. Scarring of tissue beneath the skin caused by the tube used to perform the procedure and scarring of the wound caused by the incision.

Scarring would normally vanish in anything between 12 and 18 months. If the wound hasn’t been cared for correctly, or the procedure was performed in a negligent way, the scarring could be permanent and/or painful.

You need to provide evidence by taking photographs of your wound at regular intervals to demonstrate how the scarring has developed over time.

If you have scarring which you believe is linked to negligent care during a liposuction treatment, get in touch today to discuss your options.

Evidence Needed To Make A Botched Liposuction Compensation Claim

If you suffered because your liposuction treatment has gone wrong, the first priority is to seek remedial treatment. You should visit your GP, or a hospital if your case is an emergency.

This will ensure that any problems are resolved as much as possible, and it will also mean your medical records would show what problems occurred. These records can be used as evidence to support your claim. It’s worth stressing that a medical report is a vital piece of evidence when filing a negligence claim. If you’re suffering in any way following a liposuction procedure, make sure you are medically assessed and treated.

As well as medical records, other evidence you should collect to assist your claim include:

  • Photographs of the area affected from before and after the operation
  • Witness statements and their contact details
  • Information about similar cases that the surgeon has been involved in which have resulted in complications
  • A log of what happened. You should do this as soon as possible while it’s still fresh in your mind. A timeline of what happened before and after surgery can really help your medical negligence solicitor piece things together and to understand where things went wrong

If you’re unable to gather evidence yourself because of your injuries, you can ask a friend or relative to do this for you. Evidence is essential in any medical negligence case, so the more you can provide, the better.

What Should I Do If I Experienced Botched Liposuction Surgery?

If you believe you’ve suffered because of liposuction medical negligence, you should begin by gathering the evidence listed in the previous section. When you have the evidence, contact Medical Negligence Assist.

When you call, one of our specialist advisers will listen to your claim to find out what happened, why you believe the surgeon was negligent, and how you were affected (both physically and emotionally).

If they think your case against the surgeon, hospital or clinic is strong enough, they could introduce you one of our panel of medical negligence solicitors. They have been making personal injury claims for up to 30 years. Their main focus will always be on helping you to receive the right level of compensation for your injuries. Importantly, if they take on your claim, it will be on a No Win No Fee basis.

If a loved one has been seriously injured following a negligent cosmetic treatment, and they’re unable to make a claim themselves, we could help you to claim on their behalf. Wherever possible, you should try and find evidence to support your claim and then call to discuss your options.

Botched Liposuction Compensation Claim Time limits

When claiming for liposuction medical negligence, you’ll need to be aware of the personal injury claims time limit. The table below explains how long you have to make a claim. If you’re in any doubt about whether you’re within the time limits, ask one of advisers who’ll happily help work out the correct dates with you.

Type of claimTime limit to make claim
Liposuction Claim3 years from the date of surgery or from when your injury was diagnosed.

You should contact us here at Medical Negligence Assist as soon as you’re able to. This will allow your solicitor to begin gathering evidence to support your claim. You’ll also need to allow time for a medical assessment to be carried out. They don’t take long and they can be carried out locally, bearing in mind that a medical report is a key piece of evidence in any negligent liposuction claim.

What May I Claim In Damages If Affected By Liposuction Gone Wrong?

When you make a claim for botched liposuction, your personal injury solicitor is able to use a number of different elements to make the claim. Here are some of the elements that could be included in your claim:

  • General Damages: This part of the claim is used in all cases. It covers the pain, suffering and loss of amenity that was caused by your injuries
  • Travelling Costs: If you have to travel a lot because of your injuries, to and from medical appointments for instance, you could clam the cost of fuel and car parking back. You could also claim back the cost of any public transport used for the same reason – special damages
  • Care Costs: In some cases, claimants require professional care to help their recovery. This cost could also be part of your claim – special damages
  • Cost of Medicines: You might find that, if you have to pay for prescriptions, that the cost soon builds up. Therefore, you could claim these back as well as the cost of over the counter medications – special damages
  • Loss of Income: If your injuries mean you have to take time off work to visit a doctor or because your unfit to work, you could claim any lost income back as part of your claim – special damages

When claiming for financial losses (special damages), you’ll need to provide evidence of how it was linked to injuries caused when liposuction has gone wrong. Therefore, keep hold of receipts and bank statements related to any claim. Also, it’s a good idea to keep a log or a diary of any expenses as it’s easier than trying to remember why you paid out later on.

No Win No Fee Medical Negligence Claims For Liposuction Gone Wrong

Don’t be put off from making a claim because you’re worried about the legal cost of using a medical negligence solicitor. Any solicitor we connect you with will work on a No Win No Fee basis.

This means that you won’t have to send any money to cover the solicitor’s fees whatever happens. That’s because there are no up-front fees to start the claim and, if the solicitor is successful, they’ll take their success fee directly from the compensation you are awarded. The amount you pay will appear in your No Win No Fee agreement, so it won’t come as a surprise at the end of your claim.

If your claim is unsuccessful, the success fee would not be payable. Therefore, you can begin a claim safe in the knowledge that your financial risk has been reduced meaning the claim will be a lot less stressful.

If you’d like to find out whether one of our panel of medical negligence solicitors could offer you a No Win No Fee claim, please contact us today.

How Could Medical Negligence Assist Help You?

If you’re considering using Medical Negligence Assist to help you claim for liposuction compensation, here’s how we could help you. Firstly, we offer a free initial consultation. This is where you can ask as many questions as you want, and we’ll provide free legal advice. If, after assessing your claim for liposuction medical negligence, we feel you have a strong case, we could connect you with a personal injury lawyer to help make your claim.

The solicitor will strive to make sure you receive the right level of compensation for your injuries. They’ll do this on a No Win No Fee basis for claims they take on.

To contact us today regarding your claim, you can:

We won’t pressure you into making a claim and the initial assessment is completely free, so you have nothing to lose by calling.

Surgery Negligence Reference Materials

Thanks for reading this guide about claiming compensation when liposuction has gone wrong. Hopefully you now have all of the information you require. If you need anything else, please call one of our specialist advisors.

For further information, please take a look at the guides and information below:

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons – A good place to find surgeons who are members of the BAAPS scheme.

NHS Cosmetic Procedures – This guide from the NHS explains about how different cosmetic procedures are performed.

Liposuction Guide – Information on how liposuction is carried out and when it can be performed, for medical reasons, on the NHS.

Medical Negligence Claims – Information on when a medical negligence lawyer could help you claim compensation for NHS negligence as well as private healthcare claims.

Hospital Negligence Claims – This guide explains when a personal injury claim can be made following cosmetic surgery negligence.

Surgical Error Claims – This guide covers all aspects of surgical negligence but could help you if you’re considering a liposuction negligence claim.

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