Rise in claims for cosmetic surgery negligence expected in year ahead

As a firm of solicitors we are seeing a significant rise year on year in cosmetic surgery claims from 2011 to 2012, with a further increase expected in 2013.

Cosmetic surgery is also on the rise – with the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) reporting a 13% rise year on year in procedures undertaken.

The majority of claims for compensation coming through are for botched breast implants with a large increase in claims for bad PIP implants as well as other types of negligent cosmetic breast surgery.

The volume of cosmetic surgery procedures rose by nearly 6% in 2011 and it is expected to rise again when BAAPS release their 2012 figures. Along with this we anticipate a corresponding growth in associated negligence claims.

The consumer guidelines set out by BAAPs recommend a patient has at least a 2 week period between the initial consultation and the procedure to enable the patient adequate time to reflect on their choice and ‘cool off’. There is also guidance about psychological counselling which is recommended in most cases, however in many instances these guidelines are not followed to the detriment of the patient.

As well as following these procedures, patients about to undergo cosmetic surgery must also be provided with a written guide, to include the terms and conditions of the contract.

If you have been a victim of negligent cosmetic surgery, contact our team of solicitors today to see if you are entitled to compensation. Call us today for a free no-obligation assessment of your case on 0800 089 4444.