Surgical Fat Transfer Negligence Claims Guide – How Much Compensation Can I Claim If My Surgical Fat Transfer Goes Wrong?

If you have had a fat transfer non surgical or surgical, and it has gone wrong, you could claim compensation for the injuries you suffered. Cosmetic surgery negligence claims cover both physical and psychological injuries and here, at Accident Claims, we have helped many people get the compensation they deserve.

You can reach us on 0800 073 8801 if you are ready to launch a case. However, continue reading to find out more about surgical fat transfer claims and how to prove third party negligence.

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A guide to claiming for surgical fat transfer gone wrong

This guide provides information on plastic surgery negligence claims filed for surgical fat transfers that have gone wrong. Not only does the guide include information on how to make a claim for cosmetic surgery negligence, but also offers advice on how much compensation you could receive in a successful personal injury claim against a negligent third party.

We also explain the time limit that applies to personal injury claims, the different types of injuries you could claim for providing you have sufficient proof that a third party caused them through their negligence.

Our contact details are at the end of this guide if you need some more information regarding personal injury claims that involve surgical fat transfers that go wrong.

What is a surgical fat transfer?

Surgical fat transfer

Surgical fat transfer

A surgical fat transfer is a type of cosmetic surgery that involves removing fat from one area of your body and inserting it in another area. For example, taking fat from the thighs and inserting it in breasts. It is also called lipo modelling and fat graft.

As this is a cosmetic surgery, it is not carried out on the NHS and as such fat transfer UK prices tend to range from £2,000 to £6,500 with the exact cost depending on the area of a body treated.

Common problems with a surgical fat transfer

Despite being a safe procedure, there are various problems that can happen because of surgical fat transfer which includes the following:

  • Thick and obvious scarring
  • Air leaking into the space between your chest wall and lungs
  • A blood vessel blockage caused by fat being lodged in it
  • Fat necrosis – the death of fat tissue
  • Blood collection underneath the skin

Not only this but any operation runs the small risk of the following:

  • An allergic reaction to anaesthetic
  • Infection
  • Developing a blood clot in a vein
  • Excessive bleeding

All of the above should be explained to you beforehand by your surgeon. If it is not, this could be deemed to be surgical negligence on their part should things go wrong.

What to do if surgical fat transfer goes wrong

There are cases where you may choose a cheap fat transfer UK and as a result you suffer issues following the procedure. If you noticed an infection, or other unusual symptoms, you should go back to the surgeon who treated you as soon as possible. You should also do this if you are not happy with the procedure, or you feel it has been carried out incorrectly.

Contact the Care Quality Commission if you are worried about the level of care you received. You can also complain to the GMC about your doctor if you feel this is necessary.

Steps to take if you have had a surgical fat transfer gone wrong

There are a number of different steps you should take to strengthen you claim which includes doing the following:

  • Taking photographs
  • Visiting a medical professional so they can produce a report of the injuries/harm you suffered
  • Collect relevant details
  • Document the issue

Can you claim if you are not happy with your surgical fat transfer?

You are protected by your standard consumer rights when it comes to making a cosmetic surgery claim. If you are not happy with the results of your fat transfer, you may be able to claim compensation but you must show that you were subject to a poor standard of service to do so. You can’t simply claim because you regret your decision to have the procedure because you have changed your mind.

Claiming for severe scarring after surgical fat transfer

You can also make a claim if you’ve been disfigured or permanently scarred because the fat transfer procedure was not performed as it should have been. It is definitely a good idea to take photographs of your scars to back up your claim. For such incidents, you could also claim for depression, social anxiety, and a loss of confidence due to the scarring or disfigurement caused by a surgical fat transfer that went wrong.

Infection after surgical fat transfer, can I claim?

Infections are one of the most common reasons why people claim after having a surgical fat transfer. There is nothing worse than the wounds becoming infected following surgery. However, when it comes to making such a claim, you need to be able to prove that the clinic is at fault. You cannot claim if you failed to keep your wounds clean after the surgery which as a consequence resulted in an infection.

I had a surgical fat transfer, and fat was removed from the wrong area, can I claim?

Yes, this could be considered surgical negligence because the surgeon did not carry out the procedure in the way that he/she was meant to. However, you would have to prove that a mistake was made during the surgery, and that you did not want fat removed from the area in question.

Anxiety after a surgical fat transfer gone wrong

Another surgical fat transfer problem people can experience is anxiety. If your cosmetic surgery has gone wrong and the results are not what you expected, you can experience psychological trauma. In extreme cases, some people also suffer from PTSD, known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Psychological injuries are considered just as serious as physical injuries are when making a claim for compensation following a surgical fat transfer that went wrong.

Making a claim for a surgical fat transfer that has caused severe haematoma

If you have suffered a severe haematoma because of the surgical transfer procedure, you may be able to claim compensation because this is a complication that can, and should be avoided. In such an instance, it could mean that the cosmetic surgeon did not make certain that all blood vessels were sealed prior to an incision being closed.

Time limits on surgical fat transfer claims

There is actually a time limit on personal injury cases which is set at three years although there are exceptions to this. You would have three years from the date of you suffered the damage caused by a surgical fat transfer that went wrong, and court proceedings must be issued within  the deadline or you may find your claim is time barred.

As mentioned, there are exceptions to this time limit which relate to incidents whereby the injuries manifest themselves over time. For example, you may not feel any side effects from the procedure for a number of years. In such instances, you would have three years from the date of a diagnosis associated with a surgical fat transfer that went wrong.

It is a lot easier to file a personal injury claim sooner rather than later because important details will likely still be clear in your head, meaning you won’t forget anything important. Not only this, but it would be a lot easier to collect evidence, such as photographs and witness statements all of which help strengthen you case against the negligent third party.

What damages can I claim for when making a surgical fat transfer claim?

Often, when people think about personal injury claims, they only tend to think about the money they would receive for the injuries they sustained. However, there are other things you can claim for which includes financial losses incurred as a result of having been injured.

What are financial losses?

This is the money you would receive to cover the cost of anything you paid out as a direct result of your injuries which are awarded by way of special damages. Examples include:

  • Damage to your personal belongings
  • The cost of surgery
  • Travel expenses
  • The cost of parking at the hospital
  • The cost of treatment
  • Medical expenses
  • Consultant’s fees
  • The cost of counselling
  • Loss of income
  • Childcare expenses

One thing you do need to be aware of is the fact that you will need proof if you are going to claim for these. Therefore, it is vital to keep receipts and any other relevant documents.

On top of special damages, you would also be compensated for your pain, suffering and loss of amenity in the form of general damages. You would need to provide a medical report which would be used to determine how much compensation you would receive. The factors that will be taken into account are as follows:

  • The type of injury you suffered
  • The level of treatment required
  • The extent of the injury in regards to when you can work again – if you can work again
  • The impact the injury has on your leisure pursuits
  • The impact the injury is going to have on your day-to-day life
  • The duration of the injury
  • The severity of the injury
  • How many injuries you suffered

How much compensation for surgical fat transfer gone wrong?

You would probably like to find out how much plastic surgery compensation you may be awarded in a successful claim. It is very difficult to know how much you could receive in compensation for a surgical fat transfer gone wrong. You may have used an online personal injury claims calculator, but these tools only ever provide rough estimates. The best thing to do is refer to the table below to get a better understanding of how much compensation you may be entitled to receive in a successful personal injury claim against a negligent third party.

The type of injury you have sufferedSome extra notesThe typical payout for this injury
Scarring on some other parts of client’s body (non-facial)One pretty noticeable scar/mark, or a number of smaller, less noticeable scars£2,080 to £6,870
Scarring on some other parts of client’s body (non-facial)A number of noticeable laceration scars£6,870 to £19,930
Psychiatric DamageSevere£48,080 to £101,470
Psychiatric DamageModerately Severe£16,720 to £48,080
Psychiatric DamageModerate£5,130 to £16,720
Psychiatric DamageLess Severe£1,350 to £5,130

If you cannot see the injury you sustained in the table above, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us to find out more regarding the surgical fat transfer compensation you may be entitled to.

No win, no fee surgical fat transfer claims

No matter what type of personal injury claim you are planning to make, whether it is for surgical fat transfer negligence or something else, you need an experienced solicitor handling your case which would give you the best chance of getting the compensation you deserve. At Accident Claims UK our panel of solicitors work on a No Win, No Fee structure taking all the worry of paying for legal representation off the table.

First and foremost, it is vital to establish what a No Win No Fee Agreement entails. It is a contract which states that a solicitor agrees to work to a payment structure whereby you would only pay legal fees if your case is a success and the percentage they receive is taken out of the compensation you are awarded. There are many benefits associated with this, which are detailed below:

  • Financial risk is minimised – if you were to use the services of a lawyer who did not work to No Win No Fee structure, there is always the possibility that you could end up investing an enormous sum of money in legal fees, only to discover that the lawyer has not managed to secure your compensation
  • No huge upfront payment – when using the services of No Win No Fee lawyers, you do not need to pay a large upfront payment in order to start the claim process
  • Better quality service – the very nature of a No Win No Fee payment agreement ensures you benefit from a much better service. This is because the personal injury solicitor is going to be impacted by the outcome of your case. Therefore, you can rest assured that he/she will be doing all in their power to make sure it is a success
  • No time wasting – a No Win No Fee lawyer has nothing to gain by simply taking on your case for the sake of it. If they don’t feel your case is strong enough, they will tell you

Here at Accident Claims, we are proud to say that all of our panel of lawyers work to a No Win No Fee payment structure, which means you can expect all of the benefits that have been discussed above every time you make a claim with us.

Why choose Accident Claims UK?

Have you been involved in an accident that was not your fault? If you have been the victim of a surgical fat transfer gone wrong, you will probably be thinking about making a compensation claim, and rightly so. At Accident Claims UK,, we recognise that there is a lot of confusing and conflicting information regarding personal injury claims.

One of the reasons why so many people choose our company when it comes to making a claim is because our service is accessible, helpful and convenient. Unlike most companies, we don’t charge extortionate rates for a mere consultation. In fact, all you need to do is ring our helpline, and you will get all of the free advice you need.

One of our polite and professional advisers will happily answer any questions you may have while they will also talk you through how the personal injury claims process works. They will give you a realistic picture regarding the strength of your case as well. We pride ourselves on high levels of honesty, as all of our solicitors work on a No Win, No Fee basis, and therefore you can be confident that we have nothing to gain by simply taking on any case.

We also have plenty of information available on our website, informing you about the different types of personal injuries and what to expect when using our service. If you are wondering how much compensation you could be entitled to, we advise you to call us. This will give you a realistic estimate of much compensation you could receive if you were to make a successful claim.

If you were to have some questions about personal injuries, or you think you’d like to begin the process of making a claim, please don’t hold back or hesitate to get in touch. You will find all of the contact details you need below.

Contact our team today

The only thing left to do now is get in touch with Accident Claims UK to begin the claim process. We are an experienced law firm that was established many years ago. All of our accident lawyers work on a No Win No Fee basis.

Call Accident Claims today. Our helpline number is 0800 073 8801. Lines are open 24/7, so you can call us any time. You can try the live chat function on our website. Or, why not use the online contact form to get in touch.

Useful links

We hope you have found this guide useful on your quest to discover more information about making a claim for a surgical fat transfer that as gone wrong. If you require more assistance, the links below may assist.

NHS information concerning the fat transfer procedure– This link takes you to the NHS page on surgical fat transfers. You will find information on the procedure, as well as the potential side effects.

Care Quality – The Commission– This link takes you to the website for the Care Quality Commission, which helps people that require care, including anyone that has suffered because of cosmetic surgery that has gone wrong.

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