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How Much Compensation For Dermal Filler Injuries And Dermal Lip Filler Negligence Botched

Welcome to our guide to making a claim for a dermal filler injury.

Dermal fillers have become exceptionally popular in the UK over the past decade or so. This is a procedure that is used to add fullness to areas such as the lips, bridge of the nose, and cheeks, as well as fill out facial lines to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Dermal fillers are supposed to leave you feeling confident and happy with your appearance, but when something goes wrong, the opposite can occur. While the procedure is safe, complications can arise if it is not carried out properly. If you have been the victim of dermal lip filler negligence, you will be able to launch a claim. Read on for more information.

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A guide to accident claims for dermal filler injuries

Dermal Filler Injuries Negligence

Dermal Filler Injuries Negligence

We have dealt with many different types of personal injury claims over the years, from road traffic accidents to incidents in the workplace. However, something we are seeing more and more of is claims for dermal fillers gone wrong. This is not because of a lack of regulation or safe procedures, but more to do with the popularity of the treatment. While it is safe to carry out on the whole, there are occasions whereby the dermal filler is not injected properly, and this can lead to unwanted consequences. If you have experienced this, there is a very high chance that you will be entitled to compensation.

We can help you to launch a successful claim and get the maximum payout your deserve. But, first, why not read on to find out more about dermal filler personal injury claims. In this guide, we cover everything you need to know. This includes information on what dermal filler is, what to do if the procedure goes wrong, whether you can claim compensation for a variety of scenarios, how much money you could receive, and how to go about making a claim.

What is a dermal lip filler?

Dermal filler lips procedures are very popular. More and more people are seeking this treatment in the pursuit of plumper lips. The treatment usually takes about 45 minutes, and involves a type of material being pumped into the lips. This can be on a permanent or temporary basis, depending on the type of filler. Common options include:

  • Polymethylmethacrylate beads (PMMA) – This is a permanent type of injection, yet it is the most risky.
  • Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) – These injections tend to last between several months and two years.
  • Calcium hydroxyl apatite – These fillers last approximately 18 months.
  • Hyaluronic acid – These fillers last between four and six months.
  • Collagen – These dermal fillers will last between three and four months.

Dermal fillers aren’t only used to increase the volume and definition of the lips. Cheek filler and dermal filler nose procedures are also popular, and they can help to fill out creases and wrinkles in the skin.

Statistics about dermal fillers in the UK

Dermal fillers are quick and relatively painless. When performed correctly, the procedure should be a safe one. However, complications are relatively common. In fact, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) states that 69 per cent of surgeons have witnessed problems with dermal fillers.

Do I have a dermal filler injury claim?

In order to launch a compensation claim for a dermal filler injury, you need to be able to prove that someone else was to blame for the injuries you have sustained. This person will typically be the individual that has administered the fillers. There are a number of reasons why they could be to blame for the accident that you have encountered. The two main reasons are as follows:

They did not advise you correctly – All medical professionals are required to provide their patients with full details regarding the potential dermal fillers side effects and risks of any treatment they undertake. They need to give the patient all details necessary so that they can make an informed decision. If your surgeon has failed to do this, you will have grounds for a compensation claim. Common cases under this bracket include allergic reactions, as well as cases whereby the side effects of the treatment were not explained to an adequate level before the dermal fillers were injected.

Procedural error – Procedural errors include overcorrection. This is when too much filler is injected. Another common type of procedural error is when the fillers have been placed incorrectly. This can cause bumps and lumps under the skin. If your surgeon has made an error during treatment, you can claim for compensation.

What to do if your dermal filler goes wrong

If you have had dermal fillers and the procedure has gone wrong, it is important to gather as much evidence as possible so that we can build a strong case. This includes the following:

  • Gather all details regarding the treatment – You need to gather as much information as possible regarding the treatment. This includes any reports or documents provided to you by the clinic, as well as any notes you have made yourself. It is a good idea to jot down everything that has happened at the earliest opportunity so that you don’t forget anything later down the line.
  • Take photographs – Dermal filler before and after photographs can really help you to strengthen your case. They provide visual proof to the injuries you have sustained.
  • Medical report – It is important to see a doctor if you have been the victim of a botched dermal lip filler procedure, or any other type of dermal filler treatment. They will be able to assess your injuries and they will put together a report that will outline the recommended course of treatment, as well as the impact the injuries are going to have in the long run. This will be used to determine how much compensation you will be entitled to.
  • Proof of expenses – You also need to keep proof of any expenses you have encountered as a direct consequence of the injuries you have sustained. You will be able to claim for these as special damages. Not only will out of pocket expenses include the dermal fillers cost, but also any expenses in regards to travel, childcare, prescriptions, counselling, and loss of income.

How to begin a dermal filler injury claim

No matter what type of dermal filler you have had, be it a new dermal filler or a different type, making a claim is easy with our assistance. All you need to do is give us a call and we will take it from there. We will be with you every step of the way.

When you call us, we will provide a free consultancy session. Not only does this give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have, but we will be able to ask you some questions too. This is merely a fact finding session so that we can understand the case, enabling us to provide you with the best possible advice. We can also arrange a local medical for you if required.

What can be claimed for if my dermal filler goes wrong?

You will be able to claim the following:

  • General damages – This will cover the pain and suffering you have experienced.
  • Travel expenses
  • Loss of income
  • Medical expenses
  • Care claim – If you have required help around the house during your recovery, the person that has cared for you can make a claim.

What is dermal filler used for?

Dermal fillers are used to give a person’s lips and cheeks greater definition and more volume. Dermal filler injections can also be used to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, which is why dermal filler under eyes is a popular procedure.

Can I claim compensation if I had an allergic reaction to the dermal filler?

If you have had an allergic reaction to the dermal filler injections you were given, and you did not receive proper advice beforehand, you will have grounds to make a claim. If your surgeon did not ask about your allergies or failed to advise you on the potential side effects, then they have put you at risk, and they are, therefore, liable for the injuries you have suffered.

Can I claim compensation if I signed a disclaimer before getting my dermal filler?

You will be able to make a claim even if you have signed a disclaimer. Signing a disclaimer does not mean the surgeon is covered irrespective of the circumstances. They still need to act responsibly and follow correct procedure. If they have acted negligently, you still have the basis for a successful claim.

How long do I have to claim compensation for a dermal filler injury?

You have three years to make a claim from the date of the incident, which will be your dermal filler treatment date. In the vast majority of cases, the symptoms will be instant. However, in rare cases, symptoms arise after a number of years. If this is the case, you will have three years from the date of your diagnosis. It is advisable to claim sooner rather than later; the details will be fresh in your mind and gathering evidence will be a lot easier. You should never leave it to the wire; court proceedings need to be issued within the three-year time frame.

Can I claim compensation if my dermal filler wasn’t administered by a nurse?

If someone with the correct qualifications did not administer your dermal fillers, you will be able to make a claim, so long as you were not aware of the fact. If you allowed someone unqualified to carry out the procedure, you may be deemed at fault as well. Please do not hesitate to call us for further clarification.

The most common types of dermal filler injuries

Dermal filler side effects and risks include:

  • The filler blocking a blood vessel, which can lad to tissue death, permanent blindness, or a pulmonary embolism. (Rare)
  • The filler forming lumps under the skin. This may require medication or surgery. (Rare)
  • The filler moving away from the intended treatment area
  • An infection
  • Rashes
  • Swelling
  • Itching
  • Bruising

How much compensation will I get after a botched dermal filler injury?

A lot of people ask us how much compensation they will receive if they launch a claim for dermal filler gone wrong. Unfortunately, it is impossible to give a definitive answer to this question. This is because every case is different. There are so many variables, and so we cannot provide you with an exact figure. If any other firm claims to be able to do this, we’re afraid they’re telling a lie. However, what we can do is provide you with the average compensation amounts for injuries that are typically associated with these types of claims. If you cannot find the type of injury you are suffering from in the box below, don’t worry; all you need to do is give us a call and we will advise you.

Reason for compensationTypical compensation amountComments
Pain and suffering £1,000 - £200,000The level of pain and suffering experienced will determine how much compensation you receive for this.
Loss of benefits£5,000 - £500,000This is calculated based on actual income lost. There is the possibility for a higher maximum payout in certain cases.
Loss of anticipated earnings.£10,000 - £400,000This is based on the amount of pay you currently receive, as well as your future prospects. Again, there is the potential for a higher payout based on your future earning potential.
Mental anguish £3,550Fear of death and expectation of end of life.
Less severe psychological damage£1,170 - £4,450This level of award is for cases that fall short of a specific disorder or phobia. The amount of compensation provided will be determined by the extent to which sleep and daily activities were affected, as well as the length of the period of disability.
Moderate psychological damage£4,450 - £14,500An individual may have experience issues with regards to future vulnerability, their relationships, and their ability to cope with work and life. However, the prognosis will be good and there will be marked improvement by the time of the trial.
Moderately severe psychological damage£14,500 - £41,675In these cases, the prognosis will be somewhat optimistic. Yet, the person will have experienced significant problems with regards to their ability to copy with life and work, future vulnerability, and their relationships with friends and family.
Severe psychological damage£41,675 - £88,000Severe cases relate to those whereby there are marked problems with concerns to the person’s ability to cop with work and life, their relationships with family, friends, and all people they come into contact with, the extent to which treatment would be successful, and future vulnerability. The prognosis will also be very poor.
Trivial facial scarring – Male£1,300 - £2,675This relates to cases whereby the effect is only minor.
Less significant facial scarring – Male£3,000 - £6,925Such scarring is only prominent on close inspection.
Significant facial scarring – Male£6,295 - £13,650Scars will be visible at conversational distances.
Less severe facial scarring – Male£13,650 - £22,875The person will be left with moderate to severe permanent disfigurement.
Very severe facial scarring – Male£22,625 - £50,000This relates to cases where there is permanent disfigurement, even after plastic surgery. There will also be a considerable element of psychological reaction.
Trivial facial scarring – Female£1,300 - £2,675This relates to cases whereby the effect is only minor.
Less significant facial scarring – Female£3,000 - £10,450This relates to cases whereby there is a number of very small scars or one scar that can be camouflaged. The overall effect may have marred the person’s appearance, but not markedly impacted it.
Significant facial scarring – Female£13,650 - £22,875Plastic surgery will have reduced the worst effects, yet there will still be some cosmetic disability. Also, the person may not have had a good psychological reaction to the scarring.
Less severe facial scarring – Female£23,000 - £36,800This relates to cases whereby there is a significant psychological reaction, and the disfigurement will be substantial.
Very severe facial scarring – Female£36,800 - £74,000This relates to cases whereby the psychological reaction is very severe and the cosmetic effect is very disfiguring.
Minor injuries – Three month recovery£1,050 - £1,860Three month recovery
Minor injuries – 28 day recovery£525 - £1,05028 day recovery
Minor injuries – Seven day recoveryA few hundred pounds to £525

No Win No Fee dermal filler injury claims

One of the standout features of our service is the fact that all of our solicitors work on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that you are only going to need to pay legal fees if your case is successful. If, for some reason, we are unsuccessful in our efforts to secure compensation for you, you won’t need to pay a penny. This eliminates the barriers to entry when it comes to launching a dermal filler compensation claim. It means that anyone can make a claim, irrespective of his or her financial situation.

If you were to opt for a solicitor that charged per hour, there would always be the risk that you would end up with a massive legal bill, yet you would not have any compensation to fund it with. This is something you don’t have to worry about when you go down the No Win No Fee route. Not only this, but you can be sure that our solicitors are putting in their best effort, and that we will only take on a claim if we believe it has a genuine chance of success. We have nothing to gain by wasting your time.

Why choose us as your claims service for a dermal filler injury claim?

There are many personal injury law firms in the UK today, but you will struggle to find one that provides a service as good as ours. We can say this because we have many years of experience in the industry, and an exceptional reputation to back it up. We always aim to secure the maximum amount of compensation possible, and we have an excellent track record for doing so. We always put our customers at the heart of everything we do. We deliver an honest, transparent, and efficient service. We want you to focus on your recovery while we focus on securing the maximum amount of compensation for you.

Call for free advice and to start a claim

If you want to make a claim because you have had dermal filler injections that have gone wrong, all you need to do is give our friendly and professional team a call on 0800 073 8804. You will speak to one of our trained advisors, who will be more than happy to assist you in any manner they can and answer all of your questions. We understand that you are going through a difficult period at the moment, so we will do all that we can to put you at ease and make the claim process as stress-free as possible.

Useful links

NHS link for dermal fillers

This link will take you to the NHS page for dermal fillers. You will find information on the procedure and what needs to be considered before you go ahead, as well as advice on what to do if you have problems.

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