Penningtons Manches LLP has developed a niche practice of specialist clinical negligence and personal injury lawyers to deal with the increasing demand from patients for advice on making claims for complications or injuries following their cosmetic surgery or treatments.
Legal claims can arise from either cosmetic surgery or non-surgical cosmetic (beauty) treatments if they are performed poorly and cause injuries such as disfigurement, wound breakdown, serious scarring and the need for further surgery. Serious complications may also lead to limb amputation and death.
Philippa Luscombe, clinical negligence and personal injury partner, said: “With the lack of regulation within this rapidly growing industry and most treatment providers being privately paid, there is an obvious tension between the best interests of patients and making a profit. We handle many claims for cosmetic surgery patients who bitterly regret their decision to go under the knife and are, at best, disappointed and, at worst, permanently disfigured.
“Our decision to set up a specialist team is partly in recognition of the growing number of cases we are seeing and partly because we welcome the opportunity to help educate people considering elective cosmetic surgery about the potential risks and implications of going under the knife. Many of our clients opt for surgery without having enough knowledge or opportunity to make an informed decision and then spend the rest of their lives regretting it.”
The Penningtons Manches clinical negligence team advises people throughout the UK who have suffered an injury as a result of poor medical treatment and who want an explanation, apology and/or compensation to fund any revision treatment. The team has today released the first article in its “Cosmetic Commentary” campaign which can be viewed here.
Subsequent articles will follow monthly.