This is a very common procedure and is extremely popular in the UK, especially with women who have had children. It was estimated that in 2013 8,000 tummy tucks were carried out by the NHS alone, which doesn’t account for private procedures. But, even though many people undergo this procedure every year, there are potential risks involved.
What is a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck, or an Abdminoplasty, is a procedure where by loose skin from the stomach region is taken away to make the area appear tighter and more firm.
What can go wrong?
As with any procedure the size of a tummy tuck, which requires a lengthy period of recovery, there are always risks of complications. Some examples of these include:
- Infection during or after procedure
- Wounds not healing
- Extensive scar tissue
- Unsatisfactory result
- Severe pain
- Bleeding under the skin
- Blood clot in the lungs (pulmonary embolus)
Post treatment claims: What can I get compensated for?
In terms of what you can claim, complications can consist of:
- Medical Malpractice
- Infection during or after surgery
- Wounds not healing as they should
- Excessive scar tissue
- Unsatisfied with the procedures outcome
- Blood clots
Regardless of your reasons for undergoing this procedure, you have the right to expect the highest standard of care from your surgeon. This applies to the care and attention you receive pre, during and post procedure, as any of the above symptoms can cause greater difficulties for you in later life.
If you have experienced any of these symptoms and feel this is down to negligence by the surgeon who carried out your treatment, then our specialist medical negligence solicitors could help you claim for compensation.
The thought of someone carrying out your plastic surgery with no qualifications is unimaginable, but there have been cases when this has occurred, although this has mainly occurred in cases outside the EU.
A surgeon performing any type of cosmetic surgery in the UK has to be part of the British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) and it is a criminal offence for anyone to perform surgery without the necessary qualifications.
What are the implications?
Suffering serious complications when undergoing a tummy tuck can potentially be life threatening in the most severe cases. There can also be long term implications both physically and psychologically.
If a procedure such as this is not performed correctly, there is the risk of internal organ injury, infection, persistent pain, poor mobility caused by the incorrect amount of skin being removed and permanent scarring, which can lead to self-esteem issues, anxiety and in the more severe instances, depression.
The above implications are not things to be taken likely and the implications on the way a victim of a negligently performed tummy tuck can change the way you live your life moving forward, as you are forced to adapt.
The implications can also have a heavy bearing on you and your family financially, especially if the person who has suffered was the main or soul earner for the household.
Time of work to recover from the surgery would be required anyway but if you are forced to take more time off than originally planned or needed, or in the more severe cases you are forced to retire, then this can increase the strain put on you and your ability to maintain payment of your household bills.
How we can aid your recovery
At Scott Rees & Co we take pride in how we help our clients overcome illness and adversity. Thanks to our standing within the profession, we can refer you to the best cosmetic surgeons in the UK, who can help you if you need any corrective surgery.
We also understand how suffering a cosmetic procedure that has gone wrong can affect your self confidence and we can recommend the right course of counselling to help you deal with any psychological difficulties you may be going through if you request it and think it would be of benefit to you.
While you focus on making as full a recovery as possible, our team of personal injury solicitors will manage every aspect of your claim to ensure you have the best chance of getting the compensation you need and deserve.
It is our belief that nobody should suffer as a result of an accident that wasn’t their fault and you can rest assured that we will do everything possible to make sure that you get the care and guidance you deserve to get your life back on track.
How can compensation help?
Unfortunately, rehabilitation and after care comes at a cost, which is why, if your injury has been caused by a surgeon’s negligence, you should seriously consider claiming for compensation.
Compensation can help cover these costs, as well as help cover the financial burden of having to take time off work while you recover, especially if you are the main earner in your household.
How to make a claim
For free advice, as to whether you could make a claim, without obligation, simply fill in the claim form on the right hand side of the page, or give us a call.
We will be sure to answer any of your questions about whether or not you could be entitled to make a tummy tuck compensation claim.
No win, no fee
At Scott Rees & Co, all of our solicitors work on a no win no fee basis. This means that, providing that you are open and honest with us and that you follow our instructions throughout the claims process, you won’t have to pay us a penny if we are unsuccessful.
So, if you have fallen victim to a cosmetic or plastic surgery procedure that has gone wrong, you have nothing to lose by giving us a call.