Cosmetic Surgery/Plastic Surgery Claims *
Cosmetic surgery/plastic surgery is 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. In some cases it is necessary following an injury or in pursuit of the correction of a disfigurement. It is also used to improve someone’s self-esteem. Regardless of the reasons why a person chooses cosmetic surgery or plastic surgery, medical negligence * is not something that the patient should have to worry about.
It is important to note that there can be a difference between a plastic surgeon and a cosmetic surgeon. The Medical Council has a register of specialists in plastic and reconstructive surgery. One must realise that any doctor on the general register in Ireland can brand themselves as a ‘cosmetic surgeon’. This can lead to patients receiving inadequate care and in turn open to medical negligence *. Many people in the field would consider this to be misleading and in some cases potentially dangerous. To use the term ‘plastic surgeon’ a doctor must undergo advanced specialist training.
Before you choose a cosmetic or plastic surgeon, it is advisable to check with the Medical Council of Ireland to see if they are a registered specialist. You could also check this with the Association of Plastic Surgeons.
Cosmetic surgery/plastic surgery negligence claims * commonly arise for some of the following reasons:
- Nerve damage.
- Personal injuries sustained during the surgery or as a result of poor aftercare.
- Unexpected scaring.
- Liposuction resulting in perforated bowels.
- Surgical error during surgery.
- Nerve damage to face from botox/filler injections.
- Removal of cancerous moles leading to the delay in cancer diagnosis.
- Poor results.
Some common medical negligence claims refer to the following cosmetic procedures:
- Plastic surgery
- Blepharoplasty (surgery of the eyelids)
- Forehead lift
- Laser hair removal
- Facial scar removal
- Hair replacement
- Laser surgery
- Rhinoplasty (surgery of the nose)
- Otoplasty (surgery of the ear)
- Mentoplasty (surgery of the chin)
- Skin resurfacing
- Laser tattoo removal
- Breast implants /breast augmentation
- Laser eye surgery
- Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)
- Application of permanent /semi-permanent makeup
Making A Claim
1. Speak with a Medical Negligence Solicitor *
Speaking with a medical negligence solicitor as soon as possible after the surgery is imperative. Medical negligence is a very complex topic in Irish law. Making a claim without speaking to a solicitor specialising in cosmetic/plastic surgery claims * may mean that you miss a vital step of the process. This could delay your claim procedure considerably.
2. Medical Records
To make a cosmetic surgery/plastic surgery claim * for medical negligence, it must be established and proven that the injury sustained was caused by the medical negligence of the surgeon *. After having spoken with you about your case, your solicitor will then request access to your medical records.
The solicitor will have your medical records assessed by an independent expert in the field of plastic surgery. This helps determine the following:
- Whether the surgeon who performed the cosmetic surgery had administered substandard medical care.
- If medical negligence had a hand in the outcome of your surgery.
- If your injuries/outcome were avoidable had the appropriate level of medical care been administered.
3. Letter of Claim
If the independent medical expert concludes that medical negligence * is the cause of your injury/poor outcome, your solicitor will draft a ‘Letter of Claim’ to the doctor who performed the surgery. A ‘Letter of Claim’ will outline the nature of your case. This letter invites the medical practitioner to settle your cosmetic surgery claim.
The next steps involved are heavily dependent on your case and response to your ‘Letter of Claim’. It will determine whether your case will be brought to court or settled outside of court. Your solicitor will be on hand every step of the way to guide you through this process.
Tell Us About Your Case
At Tracey Solicitors, our dedicated medical negligence solicitors can help you proceed with a cosmetic surgery/plastic surgery claim *. We have supported and helped many people to in similar situations proceed with cosmetic/plastic surgery claims in Ireland over the years. For a confidential discussion, call Tracey Solicitors on 01 649 9900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.