By Joanne Jeffries. Last Updated August 17th 2021. Welcome to our guide on making a negligent rhinoplasty claim.
Rhinoplasty Negligence Compensation Claims Guide
This online guide is for those who have been affected by rhinoplasty negligence and wish to make a personal injury claim for compensation.
Here at Accident Claims UK, the personal injury lawyers we work with understand that the damages inflicted by a botched nose job are unique to the affected individual, and we approach this matter sensitively. Our panel of solicitors are well versed in personal injury law, and they could provide claimants with support, advice, and legal guidance.
If you have questions about the claim process, please contact a member of our team. Our friendly advisers are more than happy to answer any questions that you might have and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We could also provide you with a No Win No Fee lawyer to help you with this type of medical negligence case. Simply call 0800 073 8801 to get started.
Select A Section
- A Guide To Negligent Rhinoplasty And Botched Nose Job Claims
- What Is A Nose Job Or Rhinoplasty?
- What Guidelines Should Surgeons Follow?
- Rhinoplasty Medical Negligence Claims
- Statistics – Rhinoplasty And Nose Jobs In The UK
- Popular Reasons Why People Have A Nose Job
- Common Ways In Which Rhinoplasty Could Go Wrong
- Who Could My Negligent Rhinoplasty Claim Be Made Against?
- Negligent Rhinoplasty Injury Claims Calculator – Updated August 2021
- Special Damages Which May Be Awarded In Botched Nose Job Claims
- I Was Harmed By Negligent Rhinoplasty, What Should I Do?
- No Win No Fee Claims For Negligent Rhinoplasty
- Why Choose Our Medical Negligence Team To Handle Your Case?
- Start Your Claim For The Effects Of Negligent Rhinoplasty
- Essential Resources
The cosmetic surgery industry has seen a significant increase in popularity over the past decade. The latest surgeries are extraordinarily advanced and technical. Some may have a positive impact on a person’s health and well-being, correcting and improving previous conditions, symptoms or problems. One type of surgery is rhinoplasty, which is the technical term for a ‘nose job’.
There are a variety of reasons why people have rhinoplasty surgery, from health benefits to aesthetic value. When you invest a lot of your time, effort and money into surgery of this nature, you expect high-quality care. However, there are some scenarios in which rhinoplasty surgery could go wrong, resulting in harm to your health and well-being.
If you have been affected by cosmetic surgery negligence, then you might be searching for a solicitor who could represent and handle your claim. Below, we’ll discuss how botched surgery could occur, the recovery process, and the claims process.
Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure performed on a person’s nose. A procedure of this nature is predominantly performed by a private plastic surgeon.
In most cases, there are two main reasons people have a nose job. Firstly, some have reconstructive surgery, which restores the form and functions of the nose. And secondly, others undergo rhinoplasty surgery to alter the shape, size and appearance of their nose.
According to the NHS, the cost of nose reshaping surgery ranges between £4,000 and £7,000.
There are common side effects people experience after a nose job, such as:
- A blocked nose
- A stiff nose
- A lack of feeling/numbness
- Light nosebleeds for the first couple of days
- Soreness, swelling, and bruising around the eyes. These effects could last for several weeks
It may be worth remembering that a rhinoplasty procedure is a complex operation that can be extremely intense. Not only can the process be expensive, but the results may not always be guaranteed, and there are risks involved.
If you live in the UK and are considering having a rhinoplasty procedure, there are some factors you may wish to consider. Independent clinics and hospitals within the UK must be registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The CQC aims to ensure that health and social care services are safe, effective, compassionate, and high quality.
When considering plastic surgery, undertaking research may be advisable. Because the procedure is quite invasive, you should research the implications involved, the side effects, and look into the facility where you plan on having your nose job. It may be wise to look at other customers’ experiences online and see what people have said. It can also be beneficial to research the surgeon performing the surgery.
The medical professional performing the rhinoplasty surgery should look after you once the surgery is over through various check-ups and keeping up to date with your well-being. A failure to do so could be considered a breach of their duty of care. If that occurs, then you could have grounds to pursue compensation. You may also have grounds to claim if your rhinoplasty surgery goes wrong, leaving you with a health problem you didn’t previously have. This could be considered medical negligence.
You may also claim compensation if the risks of rhinoplasty surgery were not conveyed to you adequately. There are significant implications that you could face when undergoing a major operation, especially a rhinoplasty procedure. Therefore, your surgeon should effectively outline these risks ahead of the operation. A failure to do so could also be considered a breach of their duty of care and if you are harmed by medical negligence you could make a claim.
In order to succeed in making a claim of this nature, you must as part of your claim obtain medical evidence that details the extent of your injuries, and crucially, points the finger at the botched procedure. Without such evidence, it will be challenging to make a successful claim as you won’t have any supporting evidence. It may also be crucial for a claimant and their legal team to prove that a similarly qualified medical professional would not have acted in the same way as the surgeon in question.
The cosmetic industry, specifically cosmetic surgery, has seen a significant boom within recent years. Statista recorded over 28,300 cosmetic procedures in the UK in 2017. The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) reported 2,751 people in the UK underwent rhinoplasty surgery in 2017. This is a 2% rise when compared to the previous year. It was also stated that:
- Rhinoplasty procedures for men increased by 5% from 2016
- Procedures for women increased by 1% in 2016
Although the medical professionals performing these surgeries may be trained and held to a high standard, the more people who go under the knife increases the likelihood of something going wrong.
There may be many reasons why people undergo cosmetic surgery. For example, some may seek to do it to improve their image, and by extension, their confidence and self-esteem. Others may require their nose to be repaired or reconstructed following an injury or deformity.
When it comes to a rhinoplasty procedure, the results may differ depending on the type of surgery you are having. A surgeon performing rhinoplasty surgery might:
- Reduce the size of your nose – to do so a surgeon may remove some of the existing cartilage and bone
- Make your nose larger – also referred to as nose augmentation, a surgeon transfers (grafts) cartilage from another part of the body to the nose
- Nose shaping – your nose may be broken then rearranged to alter the shape.
- Changing the angle between the nose and the top lip – a surgeon cuts the skin between the nose and the upper lip to make alterations
Following nose surgery, a person could experience a lot of side effects. Due to the intensity of the surgery, take two weeks off from work to recover. To help the recovery process, the NHS states that you should:
- Avoid dusty areas
- Sneeze through your mouth to alleviate the pressure in the nose
- Avoid blowing your nose
- Do not get the split wet
- Prop your head upright to reduce swelling
Although this advice is designed to aid recovery, there may be instances where things could go wrong, leading to complications in your recovery, or even lasting health implications. Like any surgery, clotting, infection and bleeding could occur. However, before the surgery, your surgeon should outline that there are serious implications involved with a nose job. Nose reshaping surgery could cause:
- A permanent breathing difficulty
- Heavy nosebleeds
- An altered sense of smell
- Damage to the cartilage within the wall of the nose
If you have had rhinoplasty surgery and are experiencing problems, then it’s advisable to contact the clinic where you had the operation. If you begin to experience severe pain or unexpected symptoms, then you should seek immediate medical attention.
If you have been affected by a botched nose job, then you might be wondering who would be liable to pay compensation to you. If your operation took place through the NHS, they may be at fault. Or if you had your operation privately, it would be against that practice or specific surgeon.
If you have been affected by a botched nose job, then you might be wondering how much compensation you could be entitled to claim and could be looking for a compensation calculator.
Below we have supplied a table that outlines the potential compensation that could be awarded to those affected by negligent rhinoplasty procedures. It is worth remembering that all claims for compensation are inherently different and the value of each one is determined by its unique facts.
|Facial Disfigurement||Very Severe Scarring||£27,940 to £91,350||A claim of this nature might be awarded to those who have been seriously disfigured due to cosmetic surgery, resulting in psychological suffering.|
|Facial Disfigurement||Less Significant Scarring||£3,710 to £12,900||A settlement of this nature might be in relation to those with one or several scars that could be camouflaged or lessened through surgery.|
|Fractures of Nose or Nasal Complex||Severe||£9,990 to £21,700||An injury of this nature might require multiple surgeries to correct the damage that has been inflicted. In serious cases, the affected party might have a difficulty breathing, permeant damage to their airways, damage to the tear ducts, or facial deformity.|
|Loss of Smell||Severe||£23,460 to £30,870||A case such as this would be made in the event a nose job impairs the sense of smells, leaving the effected party with no sense of smell whatsoever.|
|Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder||Less Severe||£3,710 to £7,680||In less severe cases of PTSD, the affected individual will virtually make a full recovery within one to two years|
|Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder||Moderately||£7,680 to £21,730||In cases where PTSD has moderately affected the individual, the effects will not leave lasting effects or disabilities.|
|Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder||Moderately Severe||£21,730 to £56,180||This level of PTSD would result in significant disability in the near future. The effects could be lessened through recovery and professional help, but nothing is certain.|
|Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder||Severe||£56,180 to £94,470||PTSD of this nature could result in permeant effects that prevent the affected individual from working or functioning normally.|
|Mental traume||£4,380||A fear of losing their life or having their life expectance cut short.|
In addition to the table provided above, you could use a personal injury claims calculator to provide a compensation estimate. A calculator will request that you submit key information about the injury to help provide a better estimate. If you’d like to learn more about personal injury claims calculators, please contact a member of our team.
In personal injury claims, there are a variety of factors that will be taken into consideration when determining a claimant’s award. These factors will play a significant role in the compensation settlement process. Not only could you claim for the physical injuries inflicted, but you may also have grounds to pursue a claim concerning financial loss and psychological injuries.
The compensation package that you may be awarded is split into two heads of claim: general damages and special damages. General damages is the primary head of claim and compensates you for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity you experienced as a result of the injuries sustained. This head of claim includes both physical and mental injuries.
The second head of claim is special damages and aims to compensate you for any costs that you have incurred as a result of your injuries. Such costs include:
- Medical Expenses – If you have incurred medical expenses in treating your injury, then provided you have kept all receipts and invoices of the medical treatment as evidence, you will be able to recover the costs. This can include prescriptions and over the counter medicines like paracetamol.
- Loss of Income – If you have had to take time off as a result of your injuries and have lost out on wages as a result, then you may be able to recover those losses. If your injury is lasting it may well impact future earnings too, and future loss of earnings may also be factored into a claim for special damages when it comes to cosmetic surgery claims.
In the event your rhinoplasty surgery goes wrong, you might experience a variety of symptoms afterwards. There are steps you can take to alleviate the pain, but if you are in extreme discomfort, you ought to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Once you have visited a medical professional, you may wish to obtain photographic evidence of the problematic area. Taking photos will be extremely useful evidence when pursuing a claim.
If you have suffered from a botched nose job, then you might be searching for a solicitor to handle your claim. Here at Accident Claims UK, we can connect you with an accomplished solicitor on a No Win No Fee basis to handle your claim.
If you have an eligible claim, then a solicitor from our panel can give you the option of entering into a No win No Fee Agreement. This means that if your claim is unsuccessful, you will not have to pay any of your solicitor’s fees. If your claim does succeed, then your solicitor will deduct from the compensation you are awarded at the end of your claim what’s known as a success fee. The fee acts as payment for the services that have been provided by the solicitor.
If you have any questions regarding No Win No Fee Agreements, then please do not hesitate to contact a member of our team. They can discuss them in greater detail and answer any questions that you might have.
If you have been affected by negligent rhinoplasty surgery, then you may wish to pursue a claim for negligence. If that is the case and you choose to work with Accident Claims UK, then we can connect you with an accomplished solicitor to handle your claim. We work with solicitors experienced in these claims. They will not rest until they have achieved the best level of compensation for you possible. And if you wish to get in touch with a query or for an update on your claim, you can do so any time you like.
If you have been affected by negligence during rhinoplasty surgery, you might be searching for a solicitor to handle your claim. If that is the case, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our team. Our phone lines are free to call, and our friendly advisers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our adviser can offer you free legal advice and will discuss your potential claim in greater length.
If you wish to speak with an adviser, the number to call is 0800 073 8801. Alternatively, you could enquire online about your potential claim. A member of our team will review your submission and contact you at a convenient time to discuss your No Win No Fee medical negligence claim.
We sincerely hope that this online guide has been useful in outlining the relevant information for botched nose job personal injury claims. Below, we have provided some additional materials which could be helpful. You can find this information and the relevant links located down below.
Negligent Rhinoplasty Claim FAQs
How could I prove my negligent rhinoplasty claim?
To evidence your claim, you would need to obtain the medical notes from the operation you have had. You could do so by requesting these from the NHS or private hospital that carried out your surgery. As part of your claim, you would also need to obtain an independent medical report. You would see such a medical professional and they would examine you to look at the site of the operation. They may ask you questions about how the surgery has affected you, what symptoms you have suffered and more. Once they had all the information required, they’d pull together a medical report detailing your condition and prognosis. This could be used to determine how much compensation your claim could bring.
What kind of mistakes could lead to a negligent rhinoplasty claim?
There are a number of reasons people may look to make a negligent rhinoplasty claim. They could include:
- Mistakes during surgery
- Risks not being explained to the patient
- Negligence in anaesthesia
- Negligent aftercare including failure to give care instructions to the patient
How soon after surgery could you make a negligent rhinoplasty claim?
If you notice swelling and deformation after surgery, this may settle over time, although if you’re concerned about it, you should go ahead and contact your surgeon to ask if things are healing normally. Once the healing process is well underway, if you notice issues with your surgery, you should approach the surgeon. However, you could also seek a second opinion if you’re unsure as to whether you are healing properly.
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