By Marlon Rudy. Last Updated 16th August 2022. In this guide, we will look at the process of claiming negligent cool sculpting fat freezing compensation. Cool sculpting or cryolipysis is a kind of cosmetic procedure. It involves freezing stubborn areas of fat with an electric medical device. Because fat cells are more receptive to cold temperatures, it means that the skin and the cells in the tissue below are not damaged.
Cool sculpting does not have to be performed by a medical professional and can be done by a beauty therapist. However, for the purposes of this article we will be discussing claiming against a medical professional who has been negligent while performing this procedure.
When you seek medical attention, even if you’re undergoing an elective cosmetic procedure, the person performing the procedure needs to provide you with a minimum standard of care. If they fail to provide this minimum standard, and you’re injured because of this, then you could claim.
This article focuses on the process of making a negligent cool sculpting fat freezing claim. We will look at what exactly medical negligence is, how much you could be entitled to and the steps to take to build a strong case.
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In this guide, we hope to clarify exactly when a cool sculpting negligence claim can be made and what your settlement could consist of. We examine the causes and symptoms of long-term fat freezing side effects and how you could make a claim against the clinician who harmed you.
Every medical professional owes their patients a duty of care. They need to prevent you from being harmed unnecessarily.
You can only claim for injury, illness or a worsening of your condition if this was directly caused by negligence. Speak with an advisor today for free legal advice about the process of claiming.
Cool sculpting involves the application of an electric device to parts of the body where stubborn deposits of fat have accumulated. The device gently pulls fat cells to the surface, freezes them and allows the body to break them down as dead cells, removing the fat from that area.
The purpose is to freeze those cells in a way that causes them to die and be broken down. It can take 4 to 6 months for the effects to become apparent.
When you undergo medical treatment, you should expect to receive care that meets a minimum standard. If the level of care you receive falls below this standard, then you may be able to claim. However, you would need to show that this caused you harm.
You cannot claim for just any harm that you experience after medical care. For example, if you undergo cool sculpting, there are some side effects that you can experience. These include bruising, swelling and pain in the area. However, these are expected side effects following this kind of procedure, meaning that you would be unlikely to be able to claim.
Furthermore, there may be instances where you are harmed in a way that’s not expected as a part of the treatment, but this is not caused by medical negligence and the person treating you. If this is the case, you would not be able to claim.
Speak with an advisor for more information on negligent cool sculpting fat freezing claims.
You may be wondering “should botched CoolSculpting harm me, what could be included in a compensation claim?”. Your compensation will be calculated in part by examining the injuries you had suffered. For example, any potential CoolSculpting burn marks could be assessed, looking at aspects such as:
- How painful or distressing they were for you
- The required recovery time
- The costs and expenses of your treatment
- Whether they had led to a loss of amenity
- Whether they had prevented you from working
The above aspects would be considered when calculating a general damages payment. This type of payment is evidenced in the table below.
The listings and compensation values for scarring or burn injuries we have provided in the table come from the Judicial College Guidelines – the publication commonly used to assess compensation in claims. We have provided figures from the 2022 edition of the publication.
|Mental harm (Severe)
|£54,830 to £115,730
|Marked problems with education, life, work and relationships and a poor prognosis
|Mental harm (Moderately Severe)
|£19,070 to £54,830
|Significant problems with education, life, work and relationships and a more optimistic prognosis than in more serious cases
|Mental harm (Moderate)
|£5,860 to £19,070
|There will have been the kinds of problems associated with life, education, work and relationships
|Mental harm (Less Severe)
|£1,540 to £5,860
|The level of compensation awarded will depend on factors such as how long the person was disabled with their injuries and how much their sleep and activities were impacted.
|£29,780 to £97,330
|A number of noticeable scars or a single scar that causes disfigurement in the leg, arms, hands, back or chest.
|£2,370 to £7,830
|Where there is just one noticeable scar, or a number of smaller scars in the arms, legs or hands where this has a minor cosmetic effect
|£17,960 to £48,420
|Substantial disfigurement and severe psychological reaction.
|£9,110 to £30,090
|Where the worst of the effects can be reduced by plastic surgery, but the injured person is cosmetically disabled but the psycholoigical impact is not great or reduced despite being great initially
|£3,950 to £13,740
|There is only one scar or a number of small scars that mar the appearance of someone, but don't effect it markedly.
|£1,710 to £3,530
|Trivial scarring only
Another form of payment is special damages – an amount to compensate you for financial losses relating to the injury. If you can prove that you have been financially affected by your injuries in ways such as:
- Loss of earnings
- Care costs
- Cosmetic surgery or treatments for burn marks
Then you could request reimbursement for these losses, or payment to address your needs going forward.
If you would like to see if you have a claim for CoolSculpting that had gone wrong, please speak to one of our advisers.
It’s important to note that anyone can start a claim for harm caused by medical negligence. You do not have to work with a personal injury lawyer, but the advantages when you do so are enormous. Medical negligence claims can be very complex. As you recover from your injuries, it might be worthwhile to think seriously about how much time and effort it would take to manage a claim on your own. Furthermore, why would anyone deny themselves the expertise and practical experience of a lawyer in cases like this?
Many people are daunted by the idea of starting any type of litigation for fear of the cost. No Win No Fee can directly help here. When you choose to work with a personal injury lawyer on this basis they only ask for payment if your case wins.
With no money required upfront or while the case progresses, No Win No Fee agreements offer you unfettered access to excellent legal advice right away. If the case fails, you walk away without needing to have paid a single penny to your lawyers.
There are some side effects that you can experience as a result of cool sculpting. For example, the fat can sometimes enlarge in size. This will require surgical intervention in order to be fixed.
You might have to pay for the additional treatment that you need to fix this. Alternatively, it might cause you psychological harm if you experience this and
If any of these effects happened because of negligence on the part of the person performing the procedure, you may be able to claim. Speak with an advisor about making a negligent cool sculpting fat freezing claim.
You might sustain a number of different side effects as a result of cool sculpting. These can include:
- Sensetive skin
If any of the above happened because of a breach of duty of care, then you could be eligible to receive compensation. Speak with an advisor today for more information on claiming.
Coolsculpting can be used to remove fat from areas where it cannot be removed by diet and exercise. However, there are other options that are available for these purposes.
This involves small areas of fat being sucked from the body. The results will generally last for a long time, provided that you maintain a healthy weight.
There are risks to consider with liposuction, too. These include:
- Uneven results
- Bleeding underneath the skin
- Changes in the colour of skin
- Damage to internal organs
- Ongoing numbness
For more information on making a negligent cool sculpting fat freezing claim, speak with an advisor today.
The side effects of improperly administered cool sculpting procedures can be apparent. You might notice:
- Scarring or changes to the colour of your skin
- Lower lip weakness or reduced movement in the tongue after the procedure is performed on the neck or chin
- Frostbite from the freezing cold equipment
- Harness in the treated area which can be painful
These side effects might be experienced even when the right level of care has been provided. However, if you were harmed because of a breach of duty of care, then this could be considered medical negligence and you may be able to claim.
Making A Cool Sculpting Fat Freezing Negligence Claim On A No Win No Fee Basis
You might be considering making a claim against a medical professional who has harmed you as a result of negligence. Furthermore, you might recognise the benefits of working with a lawyer, who can help you:
- Value your claim
- Collect evidence
- Negotiate a settlement
However, you might be put off by the prospect of paying them a large upfront fee in order for them to start work on your claim, without any guarantee that you will receive compensation at the end of the process.
If this is the case, then you might benefit from a No Win No Fee agreement. This is an agreement between you and your lawyer that sets out the conditions that need to be met before you pay them. You could be offered a kind of No Win No Fee agreement called a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).
The advantages of this kind of agreement include:
- Not having to pay anything upfront
- No ongoing payments
- In the event of a successful claim, a legally-capped percentage of your compensation will be deducted as a success fee
- If you aren’t awarded compensation, there’s no success fee to pay
Thank you for reading our guide on seeking compensation for harm caused by negligent cool sculpting fat freezing. If you have any questions you need clarity on, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by:
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Edited by Fern