Dermal Filler Injury *
Dermal filler treatments are becoming ever more popular in Ireland. It is often a decision that is not taken lightly by a person who wants to change part of their appearance and in some cases it is necessary following an injury or in pursuit of the correction of a disfigurement. Regardless of the reason/s why a person chooses to get dermal fillers, a personal injury* is not something that they should have to worry about.
What are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal Fillers are gel like materials that are injected into the skin. They can tackle several common apprehensions including; smoothing of deep under-eye circles, lifting of cheekbones, amplification of the lips, smoothing of the lips, and rejuvenation of the hands. Fillers use 1ml and 2ml doses of hyaluronic acid to absorb water in the dermis, in order to aid a softer and fuller look. There is often confusion surrounding the difference between Botox and dermal fillers. Botox is seen as a medical ingredient that can only be administered by a doctor, nurse or dentist, whilst dermal fillers are considered a ‘device’, meaning anyone can administer them. (As a result of this, accidents associated with these are considered as personal injuries* rather than medical negligence*). The possibility of an injury may arise from the lack of professionalism involved when receiving treatment. Therefore, it is always best to ensure that the person you seek this treatment from has all the correct qualifications and specifications first, as there is the potential for life altering consequences with regard to tissue or organ loss if an accident happened to prevail.
Regardless of where you receive your treatment, accidents may still occur. The following mistakes may result in irreversible consequences.
If the injection technique is carried out incorrectly, the hyaluronic acid may be injected into an artery. Not only can this cause swelling, but it could potentially cut off the blood supply to the likes of the mouth or nose, and cause the death of skin cells of these organs. More severely, if the dermal filler were to travel upwards and come into contact with the retinal artery, it can clot the blood which will ultimately lead to blindness.
Many of the cheaper dermal filler offerings on the market are due to the use of cheaper ingredients purchased online. The may not reflect the same quality as the ingredients in higher priced practices, containing non-sterile substances. This can lead to allergic reactions, infections or death of skin cells that incur irreversible damage.
Injuries may also be caused by the likes of
- faulty equipment,
- lack of training of an employee with equipment
- or failure to assess the suitability of a client for treatment.
Making a Claim
All businesses in the beauty industry have an obligation to abide by The Sale of Goods and Services Act 1982. This act states that when a consumer enters into a contract for goods and/or services, those goods and services must be carried out with a reasonable level of care and skill. If this clause fails to be upheld and the consumer is injured as a result, then that person may be able to seek a legal action.
For dermal filler claims* it can often be difficult to establish where liability lies. The negligent party may often be reluctant to accept liability. However, if you have unnecessarily suffered pain as a result of substandard care you have a legal right to contact a solicitor.
Our solicitors who have a wealth of experience and expertise in this area will guide you step by step through this process. This allows you to concentrate on recovering from your injuries *.
What evidence should be gathered?
If you decided to bring forward legal action for dermal filler injury * it is recommended to provide photographic evidence where this is possible. In addition, other known information such as:
- The time and date of the incident.
- The location of the incident.
- If a patch test was carried out prior to having this treatment.
- If any medical treatment was required to combat or repair the damage caused.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR CASE
If you would like to find out more information on this topic or on the claims process you can contact our personal injury solicitors *on 01 649 9900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would rather we call you, please do feel free to tell us about your case by leaving your details along with a message outlining your query on the form below and we can call you back.
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