Cosmetic Surgery Q & A

The UK cosmetic surgery industry spends millions of pounds on advertising but, let's be honest about it, cosmetic surgery clinics are in business to make a profit. There is a clear conflict between your best interests and the clinic's desire to make a profit.

Here are my answers to the five most common questions I am asked about potential cosmetic surgery claims.

Who do I claim against? The doctor or the clinic?

You may have a claim for negligence and/or breach of contract against them both. The paperwork you received from the clinic must be studied carefully before a definitive answer can be provided. Hopefully both the doctor and the clinic will be insured.

I signed the clinic's Consent Form. Does that mean I cannot claim?

If the procedure was carried out negligently then signing a consent form doesn't stop you claiming. You may not have legally consented to the procedure anyway even if you signed a Consent Form. You must have been advised of "all material risks” (including the availability of any non surgical treatments which were appropriate). If you weren't properly advised then you will not have given "informed consent” if a risk you were not told about happens.

What could go wrong with the procedure?

Lots of things could go wrong. No surgery is trivial! The surgery or procedure may not be successful or it may leave you with an outcome which was not what you wanted or expected (and which falls well below what the clinic or surgeon promised you). You may need further surgery and could end up with unsightly scars.

What can I claim for?

You can claim compensation for negligent cosmetic procedures and you could recover compensation for:

  • Ongoing pain 
  • Ongoing cosmetic deficit
  • Scarring
  • Pain and suffering involved in remedial/corrective treatment or surgery
  • Psychological injury
  • Cost of the original surgery
  • Cost of remedial treatment/surgery
  • Cost of other treatments or purchases
  • Care and assistance
  • Loss of earnings

I can't afford to bring a claim - what can I do?

Your claim can be dealt with on a No Win No Fee basis so that you don't pay anything unless your claim succeeds.