If a rhinoplasty injury has set you back, we'll help you move forward

Rhinoplasty, commonly known as a nose job, is a surgical procedure intended to change the shape or function of the nose. When this procedure results in complications or unsatisfactory outcomes due to a surgeon's negligence, patients can face physical, emotional, and financial burdens. If you have suffered harm due to rhinoplasty 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 No Win, No Fee compensation claim with the help and support of a specialist clinical negligence solicitor.

You are not alone

Rhinoplasty is a common cosmetic procedure more commonly referred to as a 'nose job'. Nose reshaping surgery does cause some initial soreness and bruising, as it involves breaking and reshaping the nose, which needs to heal fully before the results can be seen.

However, some patients find that the pain following surgery does not alleviate as quickly as expected, or experience other complications. If this happens, it may be possible to make a compensation claim.

In 2022, there were 2,200 rhinoplasty procedures, an increase of 67% on 2021. Clinical negligence cases have risen in line with this increase (baaps.org.uk).

If you decide to make a rhinoplasty 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 need to move forward.

If you are looking for information on rhinoplasty, see: rhinoplasty (nhs.uk).

Do I have a rhinoplasty negligence claim?

To claim compensation for medical negligence, your solicitor must prove that:

  • a medical professional breached their duty of care towards you, and
  • this breach caused you to suffer harm or injury

Use our injury claim calculator to find out if you can claim. Alternatively, you can speak to a claims advisor on 0800 376 1001 and find out if you have a claim in minutes.

How long do I have to claim rhinoplasty negligence compensation?

For a rhinoplasty negligence claim, you usually have 3 years to make a claim from the date you became aware of the negligent treatment (date of knowledge).

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.

How much compensation can I claim for a rhinoplasty injury?

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.

Rhinoplasty negligence compensation calculator

Get an accurate compensation estimate (including for multiple injuries), confirm your legal position, and check if you have a No Win, No Fee claim.

Updated June 2024 Compensation Calculator v3.04

General damages

General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).

Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College (judiciary.uk) and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.

How is compensation calculated if I have multiple injuries?

Special damages

Special damages is compensation awarded to cover any financial losses and expenses you incur as a result of your rhinoplasty ninjury or negligent medical treatment. These damages aim to put you back in the financial position you would have been in, had your injury not occurred.

Special damages will also cover your medical treatment expenses, that might include corrective surgery, pain medication and psychological support.

Read more:

A complete list of recoverable losses in a personal injury claim

Who can make a rhinoplasty compensation claim?

In order to make a compensation claim for a rhinoplasty procedure, the claimant must be able to prove that the medical professional or the practice employing the professional was negligent in their duty of care. It is not possible to claim compensation purely due to dissatisfaction.

If the rhinoplasty procedure went wrong in some way, a claim for negligence could be made. Complications might arise due to procedural error:

  • Infection
  • Excessive bruising
  • Nerve injury
  • Breathing problems
  • Further nose damage
  • Blood clots

Every medical professional has a duty of care to make best endeavours in protecting patients from harm. If a medical professional breaches this duty of care, a claim for negligence may be possible.

A claim could also be made if the practice or medical professional failed to adequately inform the patient of the risks and the options available. Practitioners must give patients the necessary information to make an informed decision prior to surgery, including warning them of possible complications. If the patient is not properly informed, this is known as 'failure to advise'.

Who can the rhinoplasty claim be made against?

The compensation claim can be made against the medical practitioner who performed the rhinoplasty, or against the practice they work for.

There has been a rise in popularity of plastic surgery in recent years, which has resulted in an increased number of plastic surgery practices. Because cosmetic surgery is not as heavily regulated as many other medical disciplines, there is a risk of procedures being performed by untrained or inexperienced staff.

What can I claim compensation for?

Due to the nature of cosmetic surgery, when procedures go wrong the effects can be damaging both psychologically as well as physically. Rhinoplasty can be particularly damaging to a person's self-esteem, as the nose is such a prominent facial feature impacting on physical appearance. Rhinoplasty compensation claims will take into account:

  • The pain and suffering caused
  • Psychological impact
  • Income lost due to incapacitation
  • The medical costs of any corrective procedures

Clinical negligence claims

Rhinoplasty negligence injuries are usually categorised as clinical negligence. Click on the icon below for more information.

No win, no fee rhinoplasty negligence compensation claims

With no win, no fee, you can claim rhinoplasty negligence compensation without financial risk. If your claim isn't successful, you pay nothing. If you win, you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of your compensation.

Find out more about how no win, no fee claims work

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