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Eyelid surgery negligence can lead to vision issues, asymmetry, or need for further corrective surgical procedures.
If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by eyelid surgery blepharoplasty negligence, we can help. If your injuries were caused by the negligence of a doctor, nurse, midwife or other medical professional, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
You can make a compensation claim with the help and support of a specialist clinical negligence solicitor.
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Blepharoplasty surgery, or eyelid surgery, is the second most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the UK, with around 8,000 operations performed every year.
As with any cosmetic surgery, there are risks inherent to the blepharoplasty procedure. Where a negative outcome is the result of negligence, however, or an injured patient was not told of the risks before surgery, it may be possible to claim compensation.
If you decide to make an eyelid surgery negligence claim, your medical negligence solicitor will take you through every step of the claims process. Your solicitor will be with you until you win your claim and get the compensation you deserve.
Am I eligible for eyelid surgery negligence compensation?
If you received treatment from a medical professional that fell below the accepted standard of care, and you were harmed as a result, you can claim compensation for eyelid surgery negligence.
Find out online if you can claim with our injury claim calculator. Or you can call 0800 376 1001 to speak to a specialist advisor. Find out in minutes if you have a claim.
How long after a negligent eyelid surgery procedure do I have to claim compensation?
You usually have 3 years to make an eyelid surgery negligence claim, from the date you learned you were harmed by the substandard care (the date of knowledge).
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To get impartial advice on whether you have a claim, speak to an injury claim expert on 0800 376 1001.
A brief phone consultation will tell you exactly where you stand. There is no obligation to start a claim.
How much compensation can I claim for a eyelid surgery negligence?
The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:
- the seriousness of your injury, and
- any financial losses or costs you have incurred.
At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injuries have affected your life. Your solicitor will take these considerations into account to calculate the correct compensation award.
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General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).
Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.
If it can be proved that your injury left you unable to work, special damages can be awarded for any lost earnings, loss of commission or bonuses, and loss of pension contributions. It may also be possible to claim for loss of future earnings, if the medical prognosis establishes that you won't be able to work for any period in the future.
These damages will also cover the cost of any medical procedures you might need to treat or recover from your eyelid injury such as corrective surgery, pain medication and psychological support.
How long do I have to start a claim?
If your injury is apparent immediately after medical treatment, you will have 3 years to start a claim.
It may be that the negligent procedure happened more than 3 years ago, but your injury was only diagnosed recently, within the last 3 years. If so, you may still be able to make a claim.
What if your injury was diagnosed months or years after treatment?
You may not be immediately aware of your injury. In some cases, months and even years can pass before symptoms appear.
The law allows you to make a medical negligence claim up to three years after the 'date of knowledge' (when you first learned of the injury).
It is recommended that you start a claim as soon as possible, as medical negligence cases can be complex. Starting your claim sooner will give your solicitor more time to gather medical evidence, assess the extent of your injury and to negotiate interim payments and your final compensation amount.
What is normal after blepharoplasty surgery?
As eyelid surgery is an invasive procedure, it is normal to feel some pain and discomfort following surgery. Symptoms following the procedure might include swelling, bruising, and dry, itchy or watery eyes, which should clear gradually as your skin heals. However, if these symptoms continue for longer than your medical professional expects, it may be a sign of negligent surgery.
Symptoms that could point to incorrect surgery
If the surgery was performed without due care and attention, side-effects and symptoms that may result in a claim include:
- Difficulty closing eyes
- Damage to corneas
- Double vision
- Haemorrhage causing bleeding into the eye socket, which could damage the optic nerve
- Poor technique leading to uneven appearance
- Droopiness of the lower lid
The claim will be made against the medical professional or the cosmetic surgery practice they work for. If the surgery is carried out under the NHS, the claim may be made against the local NHS Trust. or hospital.
What can I claim compensation for?
If your blepharoplasty surgery has gone wrong, you may be able to claim for the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Psychological damage
- Costs for corrective surgery
- Income lost due to incapacitation
Eyelid surgery is often performed to improve a person's appearance or to correct a medical problem. Due to the nature of the surgery, if it goes wrong it can be very damaging to a person's quality of life. It may affect their self-confidence as it might result in a change in their appearance. It may also affect their ability to continue living as before. For example, if the surgery affects a person's eyesight, they might not be able to continue driving, which could impact on their livelihood.
Making a claim against the person or practice responsible can go some way to alleviating these problems, and covering costs for further surgeries to correct the sub-standard surgery.
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Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.