Botched private cosmetic surgery numbers on the rise
The cosmetic surgery industry is booming in the UK but unfortunately the number of botched private operations is also on the increase.
Many clinics use foreign surgeons because they are cheaper. But their insurance may not cover mistakes made in Britain. So patients must pay again, or the NHS has to pick up the pieces.
The cosmetic surgery industry is booming in the UK but unfortunately the number of botched private operations is also on the increase. Many people are falling victim to botched cosmetic surgery performed in particular by foreign surgeons.
The surgeons fly into the UK and use private UK clinics. However many private clinics where these surgeons are practicing, refuse to help patients following the surgery as they believe the contract is between the surgeon and the patients, rather than with the clinic themselves. These surgeons often do not have the correct insurance to cover them should something go wrong.
A member of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (Baasp) commented, “Many clinics use foreign surgeons because they are cheaper. But their insurance may not cover mistakes made in Britain. So patients must pay again, or the NHS has to pick up the pieces.”
Many of these victims now want answers as to why these surgeons have been allowed to practice in the UK, and are demanding compensation for the injuries caused. One woman has successfully claimed £43,000 in compensation after a botched facelift left her with scarring on her face, as well as a droopy eyelid and mismatched ears. Another woman was left in agony following a boob job that went wrong. She was awarded £26,000 in cosmetic surgery compensation.
With private cosmetic surgery becoming more and more popular, it is not surprising that many people are failing to receive the care they require. Figures released earlier this year by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons showed a 17% rise in procedures in 2013, compared to the previous year. The top 10 procedures included:
- Breast Augmentation
- Eyelid Surgery
- Face and Neck Lifts
- Breast Reductions
- Nose Jobs
- Tummy Tuck
- Fat Transfer Surgery
- Brow Lifts
- Ear Corrections
Philip Coulthurst, Head of Serious Injuries at Freeclaim Solicitors commented, “As cosmetic surgery becomes more and more popular, it is important that the industry is completely regulated to avoid patients being put at risk. All too often patients are not receiving the correct treatment and after care they need. Clinics must be held accountable for their mistakes whether the surgery has been performed by a foreign surgeon or not. They must also ensure patients receive compensation for their injuries and any corrective surgery required.”
If you have sustained injury following private cosmetic surgery, you may be able to make a claim. We have over 25 years’ experience and a track record of success. We can help you claim compensation for your pain, suffering and financial losses, but can also help to get the money for corrective surgery if this is required.
Visit http://www.freeclaim.co.uk or call 24 hours a day on 0800 612 7340.
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