Dermabrasion compensation claims

Updated: October 8, 2018

Introduction

Dermabrasion is a medical procedure in which the upper layer of a person's skin is removed using equipment which abrades the skin, such as a rotating wire brush or a rough-edged diamond wheel.

The procedure is invasive and is normally performed under local anaesthetic by a qualified medical practitioner.

Dermabrasion is used to remove, or reduce the appearance of, skin imperfections including acne scars, sun damage, tattoos, age spots and uneven skin tone resulting from scars or birthmarks.

Dermabrasion should not be confused with microdermabrasion, a much less aggressive procedure which is often performed at beauty salons by staff who are not medically trained.

A patient's skin will usually be red and somewhat raw in appearance following dermabrasion. Depending on the depth to which the skin has been removed, it can take anywhere from around 7 to 30 days for the skin to heal.

It can, however, take several months before the redness of treated skin fades.

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Do I have a dermabrasion injury claim?

If you have suffered a dermabrasion injury in the last three years and someone else was to blame, then we can help you make a compensation claim.

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Inherent risks and negligence

Like all surgical procedures, dermabrasion is not risk-free.

There are a number of inherent risks to the procedure, which include scarring, infection and sensitivity of the treated skin to sunlight. It is extremely difficult for a person to claim compensation for an injury or ailment which is an inherent risk of the treatment rather than having been caused by negligence.

A patient who has sustained injury because of a doctor's negligence will, however, usually be able to make a claim for compensation.

A doctor owes a duty of care to his or her patients. That means that a doctor is required to meet certain professional standards of care and competence when treating a patient. A doctor is negligent if he or she fails to meet the required professional standards.

A doctor may be negligent if, for example, he or she removes too much of a patient's skin when performing dermabrasion.

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How can I tell if my injury was caused by negligence?

It can be very difficult for people who are not medically qualified to assess whether an injury or ailment has been caused by negligence or is simply a normal, inherent risk of dermabrasion.

An opinion from an independent medical specialist is the best way of establishing whether or not an injury or infection has been caused by negligence.

It is a good idea for anyone who feels that they may have suffered injury because of negligently performed dermabrasion to take high quality photographs of the injured or affected area.

High quality photographs can assist a medical specialist (who may not see the injury until later) to assess the cause of the injury.

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How much compensation can I claim for a dermabrasion injury?

The amount of compensation you will receive depends on a number of factors. Our personal injury compensation calculator provides an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.

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Paul is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and has served as a Deputy District Judge, giving him a uniquely broad understanding of the claims process.

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