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Liposuction Negligence Claims Guide – How Much compensation Can I Claim?

By Marianne Herondale. Last updated 19th April 2022. Welcome to our liposuction negligence claims guide.

On this page, you will find a guide to making a liposuction negligence claim for a botched cosmetic surgery. The guide is intended to walk people through the legal process of making a personal injury claim if they have suffered at the hands of a cosmetic surgeon.

For instant and free legal advice about your claim, call Legal Expert on 0800 073 8804 right now, and one of our team will talk you through the claims process and help you to begin your own claim for a botched liposuction procedure.

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A Guide To Liposuction Negligence Claims

Liposuction negligence claims

Liposuction negligence claims guide

This liposuction negligence claims guide is aimed at anyone who needs to understand the legal process that a solicitor will follow when making a claim for a botched cosmetic procedure on their behalf. It contains information and advice that is invaluable in making sure you understand how the claim will be made. It contains key information such as:

  • A full definition of what liposuction is, what it is used for and how the process is carried out.
  • Information about the recovery period after liposuction, and how long it takes for a person to recover from the procedure.
  • A list of all of the most common side effects that a person who has undergone liposuction might fall foul of.
  • A list of all of the most common things that can go wrong while a liposuction procedure is being carried out.
  • A discussion of how liposuction can lead to further problems, such as infections, and whether a claimant is eligible to seek damages.
  • A discussion of how liposuction can lead to further problems, such as long-term or permanent scarring, and whether a claimant is eligible to seek damages.
  • A definition of clinical negligence, and how such negligence on the part of a cosmetic surgeon could lead to a person being harmed through a botched liposuction procedure.
  • A list of all of the typical categories of damages that a person could claim for a botched cosmetic procedure.
  • We cover all of the information that people need to know about the Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) that Legal Expert offers to everyone in the UK as the best way to make a compensation claim for a botched cosmetic procedure.

You might be left with some questions that have not been answered when you get to the end of this guide. If you do have some, then call Legal Expert on the number at the bottom of the guide so we can start to answer them all for you.

What Is Liposuction?

If you suffer harm due to a botched lipo procedure that was caused by the negligence of another, you could potentially claim liposuction compensation. Your personal injury lawyer will likely know all they need to know about liposuction, so this section covers the procedure for your benefit.

Liposuction is a very common type of cosmetic surgery that is popular with both males and females in the UK. The process of liposuction has been developed to remove unwanted fat from the body. It can work in areas such as the thighs and tummy, as well as smaller regions of the body such as the neck and upper chest.

When a person has liposuction done, the excess fat is literally sucked out. However, it is not an alternative to standard weight loss techniques. Liposuction only works on hard to burn, excess fat, not on fat in general.

If you have suffered due to a botched liposuction procedure, Legal Expert can help you claim for it. To find out more about liposuction negligence claims, call us on the telephone number at the end of this page to proceed.

Liposuction Statistics

According to statistics from The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), liposuction was the 6th most popular surgical procedure amongst men and women in 2021. 1,275 registered liposuction procedures were carried out, though this was 20% less than the year before.

Liposuctions can be common procedures, but mistakes can still happen. If you suffered harm during or after your liposuction surgery due to negligence, you could potentially claim liposuction compensation.

What Happens After Liposuction And How Long Does It Take To Recover?

Liposuction is a very popular type of cosmetic procedure. Therefore, the number of liposuction negligence claims is proportionately high compared to less popular cosmetic procedures. Some of these claims are made after the recovery from liposuction, the process of which is covered below.

Once you have undergone liposuction, the surgeon will recommend that you have support applied, usually some kind of elasticated dressing, which will help to bring down the swelling and keep bruising to a minimum. This support will need to stay on for a few weeks. Antibiotics might also be prescribed to lower the risk of post-procedure infections. Partial recovery usually happens within 14 days.

Depending on how large of an area you have had the liposuction procedure applied to, you may have to take up to two weeks away from work so that you can heal fully. You will also have to keep away from any activity that might overstretch the area of the body for a month or more. Full recovery and return to your normal lifestyle should have been reached within two months.

If you have suffered some sort of side effect during the recovery period from a liposuction procedure, then Legal Expert can likely help you claim. Call us at the number at the bottom of this guide to proceed.

What Are The Normal Side Effects From Liposuction?

One reason that a person might receive a liposuction injury, which results in them making a liposuction negligence claims, is due to one or more of the known side effects of the procedure, detailed below:

  • Swollen or bruised flesh in the area the procedure was carried out on.
  • A feeling of numbness in the area the procedure was carried out on.
  • Long-term or permanent scarring in the area the procedure was carried out on.
  • Inflammation of the veins in the area the procedure was carried out on.
  • Fluid escaping from the incisions in the area the procedure was carried out on.

If you have suffered due to one or more of the side effects of liposuction Legal Expert can possibly help you claim compensation for them. Call us on the telephone number in the last section of this guide to find out how you could claim liposuction compensation.

What Could Go Wrong With Liposuction Treatment?

Aside from side effects of liposuction after the process has been carried out, there is a further way that a liposculpture injury could occur, even a serious one such as internal organ damage, defined below:

  • Damage to one of the critical internal organs.
  • Bad results causing lumps in the flesh in the area the procedure was carried out on.
  • Haematoma (bleeding underneath the skin) in the area the procedure was carried out on.
  • Changes to the tone or colour of the skin in the area the procedure was carried out on.
  • Pulmonary Oedema (the lungs filling up with fluids) or Pulmonary Embolism (blood clots starting to form in the lungs).
  • Heavy bleeding in the area the procedure was carried out on.
  • Infections in the area the procedure was carried out on.

If you suffered due to something going wrong during your liposuction, such as these problems detailed above, call Legal Expert at the number down at the end of this page to make liposuction negligence claims.

Liposuction Infection Claims

As with any surgical procedure, there is always a risk that the patient will become infected while the incisions that enabled the surgery to heal. If you develop a serious infection after liposuction, then it could be through medical negligence that the infection came about, and you would have a valid cause to claim compensation (more on this in a later section).

Legal Expert is experienced in making clinical negligence claims, and we can use this experience to help you in your claim, call us on the phone number in the last section of this guide to find out how. You could be entitled to liposuction compensation if you were harmed by a botched lipo procedure.

Can I Claim For Scarring From Liposuction?

There are a number of ways that liposuction can result in permanent scarring and lead to liposuction negligence claims being made. For example, when it comes to liposuction scars, legs and thighs can easily be scarred. These liposuction burns can cause scarring in any area of the body where liposuction is used. If the cause of the burns is medical negligence, you will be able to claim for the scarring.

Have you suffered permanent scarring due to a botched liposuction procedure? The Legal Expert can help you claim, call us on the number at the end of this guide to start your claim today.

Medical Negligence Leading To Liposuction

Every medical professional, including cosmetic surgeons, is required by law to maintain a duty of care towards every one of their patients. When the cosmetic surgeon fails in this duty of care by omission, oversight, error or accident, a cause to claim compensation will exist.

To start making liposuction negligence claims, call Legal Expert on the number down toward the bottom of this guide and we will talk you through the claims process.

What Can Compensation Claims Include?

To answer a question such as ‘do liposuction scars go away?’, and if not, ‘can I claim compensation?’ or ‘I have a fluid imbalance, can I claim compensation?’, liposuction negligence claims will consist of a number of different types of damages. However, all damages fall into two main categories; special damages and general damages. These can include, but are not limited to:

  • Special damages (financial and other non-physical losses):
    • Care costs – if you had to hire in-home or nursing help while you were ill.
    • Legal costs – if you incurred any while making a claim.
    • Travel costs – to receive treatment or in managing the compensation claim.
    • Medical fees – if you had to pay for any treatment or had to pay prescription charges.
    • Ad-hoc losses – such as having to cancel a pre-planned and paid for a trip for which you received no refund.
    • Loss of earnings – you could potentially claim back earnings lost due to taking time off work to recover. You can also claim future loss of earnings if you will continue to need time off.
  • General damages (physical effects, short to long-term as well as permanent):
    • Permanent loss of quality of life – due to one or more permanent disability.
    • Long-term suffering – if your illness or injury will take a long time to heal and will lower the quality of your life until it has done so.
    • Mental problem – including post-traumatic stress disorder and other conditions such as depression and anxiety.
    • Mental trauma – caused by the initial injury and also its treatment.
    • Suffering and pain – caused by the initial injury and also its treatment.

This is not a full list of the types of damages you might be able to claim for a botched liposuction procedure, but these are the main ones. Call Legal Expert on the number at the bottom of this page to get a more personalised idea of the type of damages you may be able to claim in your own specific case.

Liposuction Medical Negligence Settlements

Instead of a personal injury claims calculator, we have included on this page this table of typical values for a number of injuries that could result from liposuction negligence claims. As long as you are making your claim within the personal injury claims time limit of 3 years, these values should apply to you:

Type of injurySeverity of injuryCompensation for injury
Very Severe ScarringYounger claimants with significant disfigurement.£27,940 to £91,350
Less Severe ScarringSubstantial disfigurement.£16,860 to £45,440
Significant ScarringPlastic surgery required to cover scarring.£8,550 to £28,240
Less Significant ScarringOne scar that can be hidden.£3,710 to £12,900
Trivial ScarringMinor effects only.£1,600 to £3,310
Mental AnguishFear of impending death.£4,380
Less Severe Psychiatric Damage GenerallyLoss of sleep and impact on daily life.£1,440 to £5,500
Moderate Psychiatric Damage GenerallyMarked improvement of trauma.£5,500 to £17,900
Moderately Severe Psychiatric Damage GenerallyLong-standing disability from trauma.£17,900 to £51,460

If you want a better indication of how much you might claim for liposuction complications, you can call Legal Expert on the telephone number down towards the end of the last section in this guide so that we can begin to evaluate your claim.

No Win No Fee Liposuction Injury Claims

If you have been the victim of liposuction infection or have some permanent scarring from liposuction that was botched, then Legal Expert can help you make liposuction negligence claims. Our medical negligence claims service is operated under a No Win No Fee type of agreement.

Under this type of agreement, there are absolutely no costs at all to start a clinical negligence claim, and regardless of how long it takes to reach a settlement, there will be no ongoing costs. If your claim is unsuccessful, then again, there is no charge. The only time that we will charge our full fee is when you actually receive a payout.

This makes the Legal Expert claims service a risk-free way to make a medical negligence claim from a financial standpoint.

For more information on how No Win No Fee could work for you, why not get in touch with us today? Our advisors could connect you with a No Win No Fee surgical negligence solicitor to represent you in your claim.

How We Can Help If You Have Suffered A Liposuction Injury

Legal Expert has the knowledge and experience needed to make medical negligence claims. We have internal resources which are knowledgeable on medical terms such as thromboembolism and blood toxicity. We use this knowledge on behalf of our clients to give them the best chance possible of going up against large organisations such as the National Health Service (NHS) and large private healthcare providers and win the compensation claim.

Whenever you have questions or want to know what we have been doing to move your claim forward, we are never more than a phone call away. As our fee will be driven by the amount we claim for you, we always aim to get you the highest payout possible. Yet in the same breath, we won’t take any risks and potentially jeopardise your chance of winning your claim.

Call us on the telephone number that you will find below, and we will explain the claims service we offer you more fully.

Liposuction negligence claims FAQs

What is surgical negligence?

Surgical negligence occurs when those performing surgical procedures make a mistake that results in further issues for you.

Do I have grounds to make a claim?

Providing those performing your liposuction breached their duty of care to you, whether they made a mistake or demonstrated negligence, you could be able to make a claim.

What would a patient have to prove to claim negligence?

Negligence can usually be established if the following applies to a situation:

  1. The person carrying out your procedure owed you a duty of care
  2. The person carrying out your procedure failed to uphold their duty of care
  3. You suffered as a result of their failure

What is the average payout for medical negligence UK?

There are no average payouts for personal injury claims as every claim is valued according to each claimant’s suffering, which varies case by case.

Should I accept the first offer of compensation?

If you work with our panel of personal injury lawyers, they’ll advise you on which compensation offer would be good to accept for your specific case.

What damages are included in personal injury claims?

Special damages can be claimed to cover financial losses and general damages can be claimed to cover mental or physical harm.

What is a No Win No Fee agreement for?

No Win No Fee agreements allow valid claimants to seek legal help without the typical financial risk involved. This is because these contracts only allow solicitors to take payment if they win their clients’ cases, meaning they’ll never have to pay out of pocket.

How can I contact Legal Expert?

Below, you’ll find some options for how to speak to one of our specialist advisors today.

Contact Legal Expert Today

Do you need to claim for liposuction scars on your back? Even if you went through liposuction without scars you could have been harmed in some other way. If you were, then we can help you to claim the compensation that is rightfully yours. Call us on 0800 073 8804 today so we can start the claims process on your behalf. You can also get in touch via our online form or by messaging the live chat on our website.

Useful Links

We have provided a link that you will see below, that will send you to a complete and total guide on the legal process of making a clinical negligence compensation claim:

A complete guide to claiming compensation for clinical / medical negligence

We have provided a link that you will see below, that will send you to a complete and total guide on the legal process of making a compensation claim for infections:

A complete guide to claiming compensation for infections

We have provided a link that you will see below, that will send you to a guide to cosmetic surgery that has been published by the NHS:

A complete guide to cosmetic surgery published by the NHS

We have provided a link that you will see below, that will send you to a page that has been published by the NHS that covers liposuction, what it is, how it works, why it is used and the risks and side effects of the procedure:

A complete guide to liposuction published by the NHS

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