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How Much Can I Claim For Surgical Fat Transfer Negligence?

By Lewis Cobain. Last Updated 14th March 2023. This guide can offer advice to people who have suffered as a result of surgical fat transfer negligence. It covers what you should do if you have suffered injuries or an illness from cosmetic surgery due to negligence by the provider. It also covers how to begin a claim for compensation and provides an indication of how much you might receive in compensation. We’ll also talk about claiming with a No Win No Fee solicitor.

Injuries due to negligence during plastic surgery could be associated with issues such as incorrectly performed surgical procedures or by inexperienced and unqualified practitioners making mistakes. If you have grounds to claim for surgical fat transfer negligence, then keep in mind that there’s normally a 3-year time limit to start a claim for this type of medical negligence. The time limit starts from the date you were harmed by negligence or became aware that you had suffered harm due to medical negligence.

If you’d like a free consultation about your case with one of our specialist advisors, please contact them using one of the following:

Select a section:

  1. Evidence That Can Support Surgical Negligence Claims
  2. What Can Be Claimed For Ater Botched Fat Transfer Surgery?
  3. Severe Scarring Claims Following A Surgical Fat Transfer
  4. Claiming For An Infection After A Surgical Fat Transfer
  5. Claiming For Psychological Injuries Due To Botched Fat Transfer Surgery
  6. Can I Claim For A Severe Haematoma?
  7. Potential Problems Following Surgical Fat Transfer
  8. Compensation Payouts For Surgical Fat Transfer Negligence
  9. No Win No Fee Botched Plastic Surgery Claims
  10. Call For Free Advice And To Start A Claim

Evidence That Can Support Surgical Negligence Claims

Though fat surgeons should be medically trained, mistakes can still occur. If you’re concerned you’ve been harmed by a surgical fat transfer gone wrong, we recommend you seek medical assistance as soon as possible.

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Generally, surgical negligence claims require evidence of the injury, the negligence and the effects of the injury.

To support your claim, you could gather evidence such as:

  • Photos of the outcome of the surgery – if the surgery had led to an unexpected cosmetic disfigurement
  • Medical records of the injury you have suffered and any psychological impact

This can help prove your injury and possibly negligence on the part of your medical providers. You could then be able to request compensation for how the injury has financially affected you. You could potentially collect:

  • Receipts
  • Payslips
  • Bank statements
  • Invoices

lease speak to an adviser for more information about surgical negligence claims. They could potentially connect you with one of our solicitors who can help you gather evidence.

What Is A Surgical Fat Transfer?

Surgical fat transfer is a broad term which covers a number of actual procedures such as surgical fat grafting under eyes and cosmetic surgery fat transfer to breasts. These procedures will be performed using either local or general anaesthetic.

What Can Be Claimed For After Botched Fat Transfer Surgery?

Following failed plastic surgery UK citizens have the right to pursue plastic surgery negligence cases. The compensation awarded for such cases will most often include the following:

  • Special damages – covering all of the financial losses incurred by the victim. Special damages will also include compensation for extraordinary circumstances. For example missing an important event such as a funeral or having to cancel a pre-planned vacation due to the bad fat transfer procedure.
  • General damages – covering the pain and suffering caused by the failed fat transfer procedure. It also covers any long-term health issues that the procedure has caused, as well as mental
  • Care costs – if you have to pay for private care, either in a care home or at home, these costs can be claimed back.
  • Medical bills – to cover the initial treatment, and also ongoing therapy following an injury caused by a bad fat transfer procedure.
  • Travel costs – any out of pocket expenses that relate to travel that is undertaken due to either the injury or the compensation case itself.

These are the main forms of damages that a claim for compensation following a badly performed fat transfer procedure may include. There are more, so please contact us so we can discuss the exact details of your case, and advise you if any additional types of damages apply.

Severe Scarring Claims Following A Surgical Fat Transfer

Yes, if you have been permanently scarred or disfigured due to a badly performed fat transfer procedure, you will have grounds for making a compensation claim. Be sure to take photos of the bad plastic surgery before and after, as these bad plastic surgery photos will be critical evidence in your case to pursue compensation for a botched fat transfer process.

Scarring can also cause mental trauma and any other psychological injury, such as loss of confidence, social anxiety and depression. If you suffer from any of these conditions due to a badly performed cosmetic surgery procedure which causes scarring, you can also claim compensation.

Claiming For An Infection After A Surgical Fat Transfer

One of the most common bad plastic surgery stories that we hear, is when a patient has had successful cosmetic surgery, only for the wounds caused by the surgery to become infected afterwards.

In these cases of bad plastic surgery gone bad, it can be very difficult to prove who is at fault for the infection. Was it the clinic that performed the fat transfer, or did the patient fail to keep their wounds clean afterwards?

If you have suffered a serious infection following a fat transfer procedure, then use the contact details at the bottom of this page to get in touch with us. We will advise you on whether we think you have grounds for making a compensation claim due to the infection.

Claiming For Psychological Injuries Due Tof Botched Fat Transfer Surgery

After suffering harm from a fat transfer cosmetic surgery, you may experience symptoms of a psychological injury. This type of injury involves harm or suffering to your mental health. For example, if you have a fat transfer to the face and it has gone wrong, you might feel anxious about your appearance.

Another psychological injury you might endure from a botched fat transfer surgery could be post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If you were to suffer a botched fat grafting to the face, you could begin to experience PTSD from the trauma of the procedure.

If you have suffered mental health harm as a result of clinical medical negligence, you will need to provide proof of your psychological injuries and that they were caused by a breach of duty of care. You should consider speaking to a doctor or a medical professional, as their diagnosis can offer proof of any mental harm.

Our medical negligence solicitors could help arrange for you to see a medical professional and have your injuries assessed. Get in touch for more information.

Can I Claim For A Severe Haematoma?

Yes, you can, as a haematoma is an avoidable complication of the fat transfer procedure. Cosmetic surgery negligence claims are often instigated due to a cosmetic surgeon failing to do something, rather than doing something wrong. And in the case of a haematoma, the cosmetic surgeon has failed to ensure that all blood vessels are sealed before closing the incision that the fat was either extracted from or inserted into.

We can arrange a local medical examination if you believe you may have grounds to seek compensation due to a haematoma that has been caused by a badly carried out fat transfer procedure. Contact us using the info at the bottom of this page to find out how we can arrange this, and how we can assist you in claiming compensation for your condition.

Potential Problems Following Surgical Fat Transfer

Although there are many causes of cosmetic surgery compensation claims, when it comes to fat transfers, there are a number of causes that are far more common than others, and these are:

  • Haematoma – blood pooling in the area of the fat transfer beneath the skin.
  • Fat necrosis – when the fat that has been injected fails to take and dies.
  • Fat embolism – when the fat transfer procedure causes a blockage in a blood vessel.
  • Pneumothorax – when air leaks into the space between the lungs and the wall of the chest.
  • Excessive internal bleeding – when the fat loss procedure causes significant haemorrhaging that does not stop.
  • Infection – failing to clean the incisions or allowing bacteria to enter the incisions can lead to infection after a fat transfer procedure.
  • Allergic reaction – either to the medication administered or the anaesthetic used during the fat transfer procedure.

These are some of the most common causes that people who have undergone a fat transfer procedure will cite as a reason to claim compensation, there are others.

Compensation Payouts For Surgical Fat Transfer Negligence

If you have been injured after a surgical fat reduction, you might be interested in knowing how much personal injury compensation you can get for specific injuries. To give you an idea, we have taken compensation amounts from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG).

Updated in April 2022, the JCG includes figures that are influenced by awards given in previous personal injury claims. It features compensation amounts relating to psychological injuries and physical harm. For example, after a fat transfer to the face has gone wrong, you might seek compensation for a cheekbone injury.

Please note that the table below should be used as guidance only. The final figure you might be awarded could be different depending on your specific circumstances.

Psychiatric DamageSevere£54,830 to £115,730Long-term psychological effects caused by a bad fat transfer procedure.
Psychiatric DamageModerately Severe£19,070 to £54,830Mid to long-term psychological effects caused by a bad fat transfer procedure.
Psychiatric DamageModerate£5,860 to £19,070Short to medium-term psychological effects caused by a bad fat transfer procedure.
Psychiatric DamageMinor£1,540 to £5,680Short-term psychological effects caused by a bad fat transfer procedure.
Post-Traumatic Stress DisorderLess Severe£3,950 to £8,180Virtual full recovery made within 2 years.
Leg InjuryModerate £26,190 to £43,460Award amount depends on impact on employment, risk of future issues, scarring or need for further surgery.
Cheekbone InjuryFracture ii)£4,350 to £6,460Fracture requiring reconstructive surgery.
Cheekbone InjuryFracture iii)£2,320 to £2,990Fracture not requiring surgery.

Our expert personal injury solicitors have years of experience, which they can utilise to give you an insight into your potential compensation award after suffering from medical negligence. Contact our advisors at any time and we can put you in touch. Additionally, our advisors can answer any questions you may have about when you can claim for surgical fat removal procedures gone wrong.

No Win No Fee Botched Plastic Surgery Claims

If you have already paid the plastic surgery fat transfer cost, only for things to go wrong, the last thing you want to do is pay out more for legal representation to claim compensation.

Don’t worry, if you use us to claim compensation for you, then you won’t need to find additional funds to begin making a claim. We can take on your case under a No Win No Fee agreement.

If you use our No Win No Fee fat transfer claims service, you don’t pay anything upfront, and you don’t pay anything whilst we are actioning your compensation claim. Additionally, if we don’t make a claim for you, then you won’t pay us anything. The only time you need to pay us a fee is if we win a compensation payout for you.

Call For Free Advice And To Start A Claim

Have you recently been the victim of bad cosmetic surgery such as a botched fat transfer procedure? Has this surgery left you scarred or injured?

If so, then you need to get in touch with us on 0800 073 8804. We will set up a free legal consultation session to assess your case. We will advise you on whether we think you have a valid cause to make a compensation claim, and if we think you could successfully sue the clinic or surgeon that carried out the procedure.

If you would rather not to call us directly, you can always use the web-based chat feature of this page, complete a contact form or email us at and we will contact you back directly.

Thanks for reading our guide on surgical fat transfer negligence.

Useful Links

NHS advice on fat transfers

An NHS published resource that describes exactly what the fat transfer process is. It explains how the process is carried out, and some of the most common side effects a person might suffer after the procedure. It also lists more serious conditions that could result from a badly carried out fat transfer procedure.

NHS advice on cosmetic surgery

Another NHS published resource, this time giving an overview of cosmetic surgery in general. This is a good starting point if you are trying to educate yourself about cosmetic surgery, its benefits and its potential risks.

Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission helps people needing care, including those who have been the victim of botched cosmetic surgery, to find the local care they need to help them through their plight.

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