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Tummy Tuck Negligence Claims Abdominoplasty Goes Wrong? How Much Compensation?

When having cosmetic surgery such as a tummy tuck, the aim of it is usually to make people feel better about themselves and their appearance, resulting in them feeling more confident and happier overall, less worry of what others may think and therefore less anxiety and stress when engaging in social activities. However, unfortunately a botched tummy tuck will do the complete opposite and make people feel worse mentally and physically than what they did before. If your tummy tuck goes wrong because of negligence, you are entitled to make a claim against the Hospital or Clinic where the procedure was carried out. We are able to advise and guide you on the best action to take, and to help you launch your tummy tuck claim. Please read on for further information.

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A guide to claims’ for tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) claims

Tummy tuck

Tummy tuck

When a tummy tuck procedure goes wrong it can be extremely distressing and cause an incredible amount of stress and anxiety as well as physical pain and possible sickness, having an impact on every area of a person’s life. When / if this happens, you are entitled to make a claim for compensation.

This tummy tuck claims guide reveals everything you need to know about such claims, such as, how to launch a tummy tuck claim, tummy tuck compensation payout amounts, and what you’re eligible to claim for.

What is a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)?

A tummy tuck procedure will be undertaken to remove surplus skin and fat around the abdomen area. By doing this, the result will be a flatter, firmer looking stomach. People who want to have this kind of surgery are usually those that are looking to remove sagging, loose skin, often caused by a significant amount of weight loss.

There are three main methods of tummy tuck surgery:

1) A Standard Abdominoplasty

This is performed under a general anaesthetic and is one of the most common tummy tuck methods to be undertaken when wanting to create a flatter, tighter stomach.

To begin with, an incision is made along the lower abdomen and sometimes also around the belly button.

Then, the surgeon will remove excess skin and fat, and tighten the stomach muscles. This is the contouring process.

The skin then gets stretched down and the surgeon will close the incision. There is then another incision made to be able to reposition the belly button.

2) Partial or ‘mini’ abdominoplasty

This procedure can be performed under general or local anaesthetic as it is less invasive than other techniques due to there being no need to move the belly button. This technique is usually recommended for people who want surplus skin and fat removed from the mid to lower abdomen.

Firstly, a small incision is made just above the pubic area.

Then any excess fat will get removed and the muscles tightened.

Afterwards, the surgeon will stretch the skin down towards the incision. Before stitching the incision shut, any excess tissue will carefully be removed.

3) Extended abdominoplasty

This procedure involves removal of both skin and fat from the lower abdomen. Also, tissue is removed for the back, waist and upper thighs to reshape the abdominal area. This is performed under a general anaesthetic.

The muscular wall is then readjusted and the skin is stretched down just as is done with all the other tummy tuck procedures, and a new incision is made to relocate the belly button

What to do if your tummy tuck plastic surgery goes wrong

If you have undergone tummy tuck surgery that has gone wrong, it is very important to gather as much evidence as you can to support your claim. This may include the following :

  • Gather all details attained regarding the procedure.

Try to gather as much information as you can to do with having the tummy tuck procedure. So any documents you may have received from the clinic / hospital and also any correspondence with them regarding the procedure before and after it took place, any notes you have personally made or information you have collected yourself should all be included. Write down everything that has happened no matter how small so that you don’t forget anything that could be important in building a strong case.

  • Visit a medical professional.

It is important to see a Doctor about your bad cosmetic surgery results as they will be able to assess you thoroughly and write a medical report on how bad your tummy tuck problems after surgery are. Also the report should show the recommended course of treatment and how long the tummy tuck side effects recovery time could be and how this is having an impact on your life both mentally and physically.

  • Take photographs.

By providing photos of the before and after it can really strengthen your claim as they provide visual proof of the complications you are suffering with.

  • Proof of expenses.

You should also keep proof of any expenses you have had as a direct result of having the tummy tuck procedure. Expenses may include, not only the cost of the procedure itself but also any costs such as travel, childcare, prescriptions, loss of income, counselling etc.

Can I Claim for a Botched Tummy Tuck?

If you have had a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) procedure that has gone wrong due to medical negligence you may well be entitled to make a cosmetic surgery compensation claim. A compensation claim can be made for any physical or psychological distress caused as a direct result of clinical negligence whilst carrying out the procedure. A claim may also potentially be made for tummy tuck complications years later if they are as a direct consequence of having a botched tummy tuck.

How to begin a tummy tuck plastic surgery compensation claim

If you have had plastic surgery gone bad such as a tummy tuck gone wrong, then you are entitled to claim compensation. If you would like to go ahead and launch a claim then simply give us a call and we will start the process. We have years of experience of claiming compensation and have helped many people get the compensation they deserve.

Once you have called us, we will give you a free consultation session to determine your needs. This will give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have and also give us the chance to ask you some questions so that we can understand exactly what you are going through or have gone through so that we can give you the correct advice for your situation. We can even arrange a local medical if required at no extra cost to you.

Then with your permission, we will proceed with making your claim on a No Win No Fee basis. What this means is that you will not be required to pay any legal fees unless your case is a success.

What can be claimed for after a botched tummy tuck cosmetic surgery?

There are a number of things that you can claim for when making cosmetic negligence claims.

Cosmetic surgery claims in the UK will include claims for the following :

  • General Damages – This is the compensation you will receive for your injuries you have sustained and the physical pain and psychological suffering you have had to endure.
  • Care Claim – If you have needed help around the house, then the person who has been helping you can file a care claim.
  • Loss of Earnings – Any income that you have lost and any future income that may be lost can be claimed for.
  • Travel Expenses – This relates to any costs of travelling to and from the hospital, but in addition to these, it can also cover any costs caused by needing vehicle adaptions or alternative transport arrangements during your recovery.
  • Medical Expenses – This will cover the cost of the treatment, prescription fees, counselling etc.

Who can claim if a family member died during cosmetic surgery?

If a patient dies due to medical negligence the deceased’s spouse or immediate family may make a claim for wrongful death but would need to prove that the death was caused by the doctor’s negligence and that they have suffered as a result of the death.

Don’t hesitate in getting in touch with us so we can help you determine where you stand in making a claim.

Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery UK and associated claims

Plastic surgery UK is the area of surgery that specialises in reconstructing and repairing damaged or missing skin and tissue. Examples of plastic surgery procedures are repairs to cleft lip and palate, areas of the body altered by the removal of cancerous tissue such as in the breast, and repair and reconstruction to severe burns to name just a few.

Plastic surgery can be carried out on the NHS or privately. There are many plastic surgery procedures carried out every single day that have no associated problems, but unfortunately you do hear of bad plastic surgery stories. Bad plastic surgery is usually the result of medical negligence and claims can be made for compensation against the surgeon themselves or the establishment where the procedure was carried out. By taking bad plastic surgery photos, the claimant will be able to provide good visual proof of the injuries sustained. Sometimes complications can occur at some point quite a while after the procedure has taken place and so bad plastic surgery photos before and after can be especially useful when making a claim.

Cosmetic surgery is much the same as plastic surgery but is slightly different in the fact that it is usually carried out for cosmetic purposes only, although sometimes it can have a medical purpose too. Two very popular examples of cosmetic surgery are tummy tucks and liposuction. Again, just as is the case with plastic surgery things can go wrong and complications of tummy tuck and liposuction procedures can occur resulting in compensation claims.

Free tummy tucks in the UK can be performed under the NHS if a Doctor has referred the patient. More often than not though, people will pay tummy tuck prices to have the procedure done. Prices range from £5,000 – £6,000 based upon the most common type of abdominoplasty. For the less common, the price may vary. Some people choose to have their tummy tuck abroad due to the prices very often being cheaper than in the UK.

When deciding to have either plastic or cosmetic surgery, in depth research should be carried out by the patient themselves on the particular surgery they require to ensure they are aware of all the facts. It’s always important to look at both the pros and cons of undergoing any kind of surgery and extra care should be taken when researching the downsides. Researching bad plastic surgery before and after cases and looking at cosmetic surgery gone wrong photos can often be enough to change someone’s mind about undergoing such procedures particularly when it is purely for cosmetic reasons.

I am not happy with my plastic surgery, can I claim compensation?

Most people who have plastic surgery do so to improve their appearance and the way they feel in themselves. After the recovery period they should be able to get on with their lives as normal and would expect to feel a lot happier and confident. However this isn’t always the case.

Unfortunately sometimes things can and do go wrong which can result in the patient having physical injury and pain, along with tremendous psychological damage with the anxiety and stress related to having something go wrong with their plastic surgery.

If you have been a victim of botched plastic surgery, then you will be able to launch a compensation claim sometime after the recommended recovery period. Just call us and we can answer any questions you may have.

I have severe scarring following my tummy tuck, can I claim compensation?

Some scarring is to be expected to a certain extent when undergoing a tummy tuck NHS procedure. However if the scarring is more severe than what you have been told to expect then you will be able to make a claim.

It would be helpful for you to gather any evidence that shows your scarring to be more severe than it should have been such as tummy tuck complications photos that you could take as visual proof compared to general tummy tuck before and after photos that may have been supplied by your surgeon to show you what to expect. During your free consultation, we can gather all the facts to get your claim well underway.

I developed DVT following my tummy tuck surgery, can I claim compensation?

DVT (deep vein thrombosis) is one of the risk factors of undergoing a tummy tuck. Before undergoing any kind of surgery, your medical history should be checked to find out if you are at greater risk of developing a DVT and your surgeon should take this into account. We have many years’ experience in dealing with plastic surgery negligence cases and we can determine if you have a case during your free consultation session and you can be assured that we will get you the compensation you deserve if you choose our service.

I had an infection following my tummy tuck surgery, can I claim compensation?

Getting an infection following surgery is always a possibility. However, if you have had an infection due to poor hygiene procedures and practices at the clinic or hospital where you had the procedure, then you can make a claim. Not only can you launch a claim for your suffering due to the infection, but also for any medical expenses such as prescription fees and any loss of earnings that may have occurred if you have been unable to work as a direct result of the infection. Call us today and we can advise you on the best action to take.

The Most Common Types of problems following a tummy tuck

A recovery period of about three weeks or so should be allowed following a tummy tuck procedure before making a claim as there will ultimately be some pain in the weeks immediately after, and so you should give a bit of time to see if this eases first.

However, there are a variety of symptoms that patients may suffer with that can indicate negligence by the surgeon. Some symptoms are more common than others such as:

  • The belly button being repositioned incorrectly.
  • Deformity of the skin contouring due to excess tissue not being removed sufficiently.
  • Nerve damage leading to a loss of sensation in the affected area.
  • Avoidable scarring.
  • Pain in the abdominal area that won’t go away.
  • Puckering of the skin around the incision scar line.
  • Abdominoplasty complications seroma (fluid collecting around the wound on the abdomen).

What are the risks of having a tummy tuck?

All surgery procedures unfortunately come with some risks. But exactly what are the risks of having a tummy tuck?

  • There are anaesthesia risks – this is when complications can arise from the use of an anaesthetic to either numb an area or put the patient in a sleep ready for the procedure to begin.
  • Bleeding.
  • Infection.
  • Fluid accumulation – this can be fluid (seroma) or blood (hematoma) collection under the skin.
  • Skin loss.
  • Poor wound healing.
  • Numbness or other changes in skin sensation – possibly due to nerve damage.
  • Asymmetry.
  • The fatty tissue found deep within the skin may die (fat necrosis).
  • Skin discolouration and / or swelling that doesn’t go down.
  • Inappropriate scarring.
  • Suboptimal aesthetic result – meaning the result is not as attractive as expected.

Following on from your surgery, if you have experienced any of these complications or any other problems that we may not have mentioned, then don’t hesitate in contacting us today to discuss the details of your claim.

Tummy tuck resulting in death, can I claim?

As with any surgery, there are risks that come with it. Many complications can occur and although it may be rare, sometimes with surgery, including tummy tuck, risks of death are just as possible. In the sad and unfortunate event of a person’s death occurring due to a tummy tuck procedure, the deceased’s spouse or immediate family can make a claim for wrongful death. We would urge you to contact us so we can delicately go through the details with you to make a successful claim for you.

How Much Compensation will I get after a botched tummy tuck cosmetic surgery?

One of the first thoughts that springs’ to mind when making a claim is, how much compensation will I receive? However, there are so many variables that it is impossible to answer that question 100% accurately. Every botched tummy tuck cosmetic surgery claim is different and so cannot be based only on one standard claim amount.

Having said that, what we can give you is a guide to the average compensation payout amounts for various plastic surgery negligence claims. This can give you a possible estimate of what you potentially could win but no one can guarantee an exact figure. The best thing would be for you to give us a call and then we can certainly look at your personal case in more detail.

Reason for CompensationTypical compensation amountComments
Pain and Suffering£,1000 - £200,000The level of pain and suffering encountered determines how much you would receive for this.
Mental Anguish£3,550Fear of death and expectation of life.
Loss of benefits£5,000 - £500,000There is the potential for a higher payout than the maximum in some cases. This amount is based on actual income lost.
Loss of anticipated earnings£10,000 - £400,000There is the potential for a higher payout than the maximum in some cases based on the future earning of the claimant. This amount is calculated on current pay grade of the claimant and any future prospects.
Minor scarring£1,800 - £5950This is for cases where there is one noticeable scar or several superficial scars.
Severe scarring£5,950 - £17,275The quantity of noticeable laceration scars will usually determine the compensation payout amount.
Severe psychiatric damage£41,675 - £88,000This relates to cases where the prognosis is poor, there are problems with regards to future vulnerability, the extent to which the treatment would be successful. It also relates to the effect on the claimant’s relationships and their ability to cope on a daily basis.
Moderately severe psychiatric damage£14,500 - £41,675This amount is calculated when taking into account the problems above but with a better prognosis.
Moderate psychiatric damage£4,450 - £14,500This relates to some of the factors mentioned above but with a much better prognosis and even some improvement by the time of trial.
Less severe psychiatric damage£1,170 - £4,450The payout amount will be determined by the impact on the claimant’s sleep and daily activities.
Minor injuries - three month recovery£1,050 - £1,860Three month recovery
Minor injuries – 28 day recovery£525 - £1,05028 day recovery
Minor injuries – 7 day recoveryFew hundred £’s - £5257 day recovery

No Win No Fee botched tummy tuck cosmetic surgery claims

One of the great benefits of our service is that we work on a No Win No Fee basis. So, what does No Win No Fee actually mean for you? Well, basically it means that you will only need to pay legal fees if your claim is a success, and so you can rest safe in the knowledge that you will not receive any hefty legal bills whilst we are working on your claim. Your claims compensation will cover the cost and in the unlikely event that your claim is unsuccessful, you will not have to pay a penny and so you will therefore never be out of pocket.

We guarantee that there will be nothing to pay until your compensation payout amount has been received. However, if you were to choose a solicitor that charges by the hour, then you could potentially end up with large legal fees regardless of whether your claim was successful or not. By going down the No Win No Fee route, you can be sure that your case will only be pursued if we believe that there is a genuine chance of compensation, after all, our payment relies on a successful compensation claim and so we won’t waste your time or put you under any unnecessary stress if its’ likely to be unsuccessful.

Why choose us as your claims service for your botched tummy tuck surgery claim?

There are many personal injury law firms but we firmly believe that you wouldn’t find a better firm than ours to secure your compensation claim. We have years of experience specialising in personal injury claims such as yours. We have a fantastic track record of successful claims for maximum payout amounts for our clients frequently, you only need to look at all the great feedback we have received, our reputation speaks for itself.

We are honest, reliable, caring and won’t let you down. We understand that you are going through a tough time at the moment and will do our upmost to make the process of your tummy tuck claim run as smooth and as quick as possible so you don’t have to deal with any extra stress or worries. We will keep you informed every step of the way and will focus on securing your tummy tuck compensation, and you can focus on taking care of yourself.

Call for free advice and to start a claim

If you have any queries regarding botched tummy tuck cosmetic surgery claims or believe you may be entitled to compensation, please do not hesitate to call us on 0800 073 8804. Your call will be answered by a member of our friendly and professional team who will be able to assist you in any way that they can. They can answer your questions and explain the next steps in the claiming process and begin launching your tummy tuck claim to secure the payout you deserve.

Useful links

NHS On Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)

This link takes you to the NHS guide to having a tummy tuck procedure and will give you all the information you need on what is involved such as risks, recovery time, costs etc.

The NHS guide to cosmetic procedures

This takes you to the NHS guide to cosmetic procedures which should help you understand the risks and effectiveness of different cosmetic procedures.

NHS About Plastic surgery

This takes you to the NHS guide on plastic surgery. This is a very informative guide giving an overview of what plastic surgery is used for, techniques, complications and risks etc.

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