Woman Wins Compensation After Botched Surgery

Botched Surgery
By: Alice Williams
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What was the case?

Our client underwent liposuction, abdominoplasty and fat transfer at a clinic which (unknown to the client) was only licensed to offer liposuction. Prior to the procedure, the client was given a generic consent form to sign. The specific risks and limitations of the procedure were not discussed with her.

On the day of the procedure, our client arrived at the clinic, which she described as being more like a residential flat, rather than a medical clinic. The doctor began the liposuction on one side without administering any pain relief. The claimant began crying out in pain, at which point the doctor agreed to wait until the anaesthetist arrived. Once the anaesthetic had started to set in, she saw the surgeon pass the liposuction instrument to the anaesthetist. She questioned whether he was trained to do liposuction but was reassured that he was. The medical records in relation to the operation were severely lacking throughout the procedure, and there were multiple errors.

Our client was discharged home the following morning, but had a wound that continued to bleed and later became infected. The client became seriously unwell, and soon required emergency admission to Hospital. The following few months involved repeated surgical procedures that attempted to repair the serious damage that had been done.

As a result of this serious medical negligence, our client experienced an exacerbation of her pre-existing mental health issues. The cosmetic outcome was extremely poor, and she will require further surgeries in the future.

Due to the severity of the negligence, both the General Medical Council (GMC) and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) immediately intervened by closing the clinic and investigating the doctors fitness to practice.

What proof do I need for a cosmetic surgery or medical negligence claim?

In order to bring a claim for cosmetic surgery or medical negligence, your specialist solicitor must be able to prove that the fault and harm that happened to you could have been avoided. A legal specialist would be able to collect all the relevant evidence for you and ensure that a strong case would be able to be presented. It doesn’t matter what form of cosmetic surgery you have undergone, it is likely that you will still have the right to compensation if it has caused you unnecessary harm.

What was the outcome?

In this case, our client won £56,000 in damages. Our medical negligence specialist Sophia Azam was pleased to be able to assist throughout this case and help our client to get the compensation that she deserved for this case of serious medical negligence.

If you have been affected by a case of medical negligence, then we will be able to help you to get the legal help and support that you need.

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