Botox Injury Claim *
Botox injury claims * may be considered medical negligence claims in cases when the person administering the Botox injections has made an error that leads to pain and/or injury to the patient. Botox injections should only be carried out by doctors or dentists as knowledge of the face anatomy if of vital importance to ensure that the treatment is successful. It is illegal for a beautician in a salon to carry out these treatments. The most common causes of Botox error claims * are incompetence and mistakes made by the beauty therapist or clinician or failure to disclose the risks of the procedure to the patient.
What is Botox?
Botox is one of the most common types of non-surgical cosmetic treatments in Ireland. Every year, many people receive this treatment in order to achieve wrinkle-free and tighter skin. Dermal fillers are also a common type of Botox. These are fillers which are injected into the skin to restore a smoother appearance. These fillers are generally temporary as they eventually dissolve and are absorbed by the body. Botox is a drug that is made from a neurotoxin which is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum called botulinum toxin. Is the cosmetics industry it is used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Botox can also be used in a number of different ways, including, treating chronic migraine, muscle spasms, rapid blinking and excessive sweating. It is only used in small concentrations for these treatments.
Botox should only ever be administered by a qualified and fully trained professional as it is a prescription only medicine which can cause further problems if used incorrectly. It is important that the injection is given in a clean and safe environment that is appropriate for the treatment being carried out so as to avoid infection and permanent illness or injury. It is important to note that you may not be entitled to pursue legal action if you are unhappy with the results of the procedure unless there is visible swelling or an injury has been sustained.
An important step in this claims process is determining who is liable for the injuries you have sustained. In most cases, this will be the practitioner who administered your treatment. If it can be shown that they failed to show a reasonable level of duty of care and did not take steps to ensure your health and safety then it is likely that they will be found to be responsible. These medical professionals have a duty of care to all patients to ensure that their health and safety is a priority at all times. They are required to ensure that all patients are eligible to receive this treatment based on their medical history and they should ensure that all equipment and machinery used is clean and in a good working condition.
Botox Side Effects
In most cases, these injuries are caused as a result of incorrect administration. Prior to receiving Botox you should be made aware of the potential risks associated with this so that you can make your own decision on whether you would like to continue with the process or not. Some of the side effects seen from Botox error claims * have been:
- Muscle Paralysis
- Nerve Damage
- Bruising and scarring
- Skin discolouration
- Heavy eyelids
- Burning sensation at injection site
- Facial disfigurement
- Muscle Spasm
- Allergic reactions
- Blurred vision
- Speech impairment
- Reduced mobility
- Anxiety and depression
It is important that Botox is administered correctly so as to avoid the risk of an injury or infection. All medical practitioners in this field should be aware of health and safety at all times and should ensure that they know how to correctly carry out the treatment. Errors made at this time can lead to a number of injuries and in some cases may lead to nerve damage.
Using incorrect equipment
When receiving any kind of treatment it is important that the correct equipment is used. This equipment should also be clean and sterile so as to avoid the risk of injury or infection. Using the incorrect equipment could lead to injuries or wrong results following the treatment. It is the responsibility of the practitioner who is administering the Botox to ensure that they are using the correct equipment and need to ensure that it is suitable for the treatment being carried out.
The most important part of Botox is ensuring that the practitioner who is carrying it out is fully qualified. By law, only fully qualified doctors, dentists are allowed to administer these fillers. It is illegal for a beautician in a salon to administer the injection. Due the increasing popularity of Botox many people are claiming that they are qualified to do this but this is not the case. Receiving Botox from an unqualified practitioner leaves you more at risk of sustaining an injury or developing an infection as they may not be full aware of the risks that are associated with this.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR CASE
If you have sustained an injury following a Botox injection * and would like to find out more information, feel free to contact our medical negligence specialists on 01 649 9900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a confidential discussion.
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