Elective cosmetic surgery has become very popular in recent times and the market in Ireland is estimated as worth close on €50 million. Unfortunately, clinics in Ireland offering cosmetic surgery are unregulated and practitioners may have inadequate training or may not have the professional credentials and experience to carry out cosmetic surgical procedures.
Even the most straightforward procedure can cause very serious problems if negligently performed resulting in pain and discomfort, permanent disfigurement and, in very extreme cases, death. If you have had a substandard cosmetic procedure or have had avoidable post-operative complications you may be entitled to pursue a medical negligence compensation claim.
Common problems caused by negligently performed cosmetic procedures include:
- Nerve damage
- Skin damage
- Psychological trauma
- Anaesthetic related problems
Prior to having elective surgery your doctor must inform you of the risks involved so that you can make an informed decision as to whether or not you wish to go ahead with a procedure. If you were not fully advised of the risks prior to your procedure you may be entitled to claim compensation if something goes wrong.
Expert Medical Opinion
Before pursuing a claim and issuing court proceedings it will be necessary to engage an independent medical expert to review your medical records and/or examine you for the purposes of furnishing a medical opinion. The expert opinion is used to support your claim and will need to show that the injury, loss and damage suffered by you could have been avoided if a more appropriate course of action had been taken.
What to Do
Negligent cosmetic surgery cases are often complex matters and expert legal advice should always be sought before making a claim. There are strict time limits within which to issue legal proceedings and as a consequence you should not delay in obtaining advice.
If you wish to discuss a potential claim or would like advice on any matter, please Contact Us for a consultation.
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