Liposuction negligence compensation claims
The following article sets out everything you must know about making a successful liposuction negligence compensation claim.
Liposuction is a type of cosmetic surgery used to remove unwanted body fat to improve appearance. The operation is also known as liposculpture or suction-assisted lipectomy.
By permanently removing fat cells it can alter body shape, and is most often carried out on the buttocks, hips, thighs, tummy and upper arms.
The procedure is growing in popularity, with the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) reporting that 4,627 liposuction procedures were performed in 2014. It was the fifth most popular procedure among women and the fourth most popular among men.
If you were injured as the result of liposuction negligence in the last three years (longer if children were involved) and someone else was to blame, then we can help you make a compensation claim.
Liposuction is usually carried out under a general anaesthetic and the procedure may take between 1 and 3 hours. Where liposuction is used on very small areas it may be done so with local anaesthetic.
The surgeon starts by preparing the area from where the fat is to be removed, usually by injecting the area with a mixture of anaesthetic and salt solution to liquefy the fat. A medication called epinephrine is included to reduce blood loss, bruising and swelling.
High frequency vibrations, a weak laser pulse or a high-pressure water jet may be used to further break up the fat cells.
A small cut is made in the skin of the area to be treated into which the surgeon inserts a microcannula (a small suction tube). By a series of movements back and forth the tube is used to loosen the liquefied fat and suck it into a large surgical vacuum machine.
Following this, the surgeon drains any excess fluid and blood using small drainage tubes. This may have to be repeated after the procedure.
I have a strong claim - why won't a solicitor take it on?
Although liposuction is generally regarded as a safe treatment, there remain several risks which the surgeon must take action to prevent. Failure to do so may cause the following conditions:
- Infection: All invasive surgery carries the risk of infection if proper measures are not taken minimise the risk of surgical site infection (SSI). These include antiseptic cleaning of the area to be cut, administration of antibiotics before the operation, and careful post-operative care of the wound and any wound drains. Prior to discharge a patient should be issued with instructions on how to care for the wound and who to contact should they have any concerns.
- Scarring and other skin damage: The microcannula may cause damage to tissue beneath the skin, causing a ?spotted' appearance. If the patient poses a particular scar risk or has been improperly treated the cut in the skin may also scar. Scars should heal within a year after the surgery. There may be bleeding under the skin (haematoma)
- Bumpy skin: Some patients may experience a bumpy appearance to their skin or "contour irregularities'. This may be due to the nature of the patient's skin, or through failures during the procedure. A patient may observe changes in skin colour or numbness in the treated area, which may last for months - especially where the treatment area was prepared using high-frequency vibrations.
- Puncturing an internal organ: Damage to internal organs may occur, especially where the liposuction is performed on the abdominal area. Such damage, caused by a surgeon's lack of professional skill, may require further surgery to repair to prevent serious illness.
- Thromboembolism: If action is not taken to reduce the risk, it is possible to allow fatty matter to enter the bloodstream, causing a blood clot. Although very rare, this is a life threatening condition.
- Burns: Failing to exercise due care during the operation may cause the microcannula to burn tissue, especially where older equipment is used.
- Blood toxicity: If too much solution is injected during the procedure anaesthetic solution may enter the blood stream. This may cause blood poisoning if countermeasures are not taken.
- Fluid imbalance: The operation relies upon the use of significant amounts of fluid. If the balance of fluid within the body is not carefully regulated the heart, lungs and kidneys could be damaged.
- Some liposuction patients find that the surgery does not produce the results they had been assured of by their medical professional. They may have lumpy and uneven results, or the appearance is not what they were promised.
Typically a no win no fee agreement (more correctly referred to as a Conditional Fee Agreement) is entered into between a claimant and a qualified lawyer.
The CFA is basically the terms and conditions under which the solicitor works for the claimant.
It outlines what the solicitors will actually do and how he will be paid if your case is won.
If you use Quittance Personal Injury for your liposuction injury compensation claim there will be no hidden or extra costs in the terms and conditions , no up-front fees and the peace of mind that you will never be financially out of pocket.
The amount of compensation you will receive depends on a number of factors. Our medical negligence compensation calculator provides an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.
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