Have you had a botched nose job?
If you've had a botched nose job, find out if you can make a rhinoplasty claim to get compensation for your injury and financial losses.
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Rhinoplasty Claims

Rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job, can serve both medical and cosmetic purposes. However, when mistakes are made during the procedure, patients can suffer from a range of issues, such as nose damage, breathing difficulties, and disfigurement. Not to mention the trauma and psychological damage this can cause.

If such harm was due to the negligence of the surgeon, you might be entitled to start a rhinoplasty claim for compensation.

As with any surgical intervention, surgeons must adhere to professional standards and health and safety regulations to ensure your safety during the operation. In the vast majority of rhinoplasty procedures, these standards are complied with, and the results are as expected.

Unfortunately, mistakes and negligence still happen. The rising demand for rhinoplasty has led to an increase in the number of rhinoplasty injury claims being made across the UK.

To find out if you have a valid claim for a botched nose job, simply call 0800 032 3660 or arrange a call back today for a free consultation with a legal adviser.

If you are entitled to compensation, an experienced medical negligence solicitor will offer you a no win no fee* service. This means you will not be taking any financial risks if you decide to start a claim, as you will only pay a fee if your claim is successful.

What is rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that involves altering the size or shape of the nose and is primarily done for aesthetic purposes. The procedure can also be performed to address certain medical issues, such as breathing difficulties. In this situation, the cost of rhinoplasty may be covered by the NHS, but in most cases, the patient elects to have the procedure at a private hospital.

Rhinoplasty is also referred to as a nose job and is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgery procedures worldwide. The procedure involves making incisions in the skin around the nose and then reshaping the underlying bone and cartilage to achieve the desired shape. The surgeon may also remove or add tissue to the nose as needed, all under general anaesthesia.

This is usually done if the patient is not happy with the look of their nose and their appearance. In other instances, the surgery is necessary for medical reasons, such as correcting a deviated septum or repairing a broken nose.

After the procedure, the nose is typically bandaged to aid in healing and help control swelling. Recovery time can vary depending on the extent of the surgery, and you may need to avoid certain activities or wear a splint for several weeks after the procedure.

You might be entitled to compensation for a nose job gone wrong if the procedure is not performed correctly and you have suffered an injury, such as nerve damage, as a result.

There are two main types of rhinoplasty surgery, which are:

Reduction rhinoplasty

When you undergo rhinoplasty to reduce the size of the nose, the surgeon typically makes incisions inside the nostrils to access the bone and cartilage. This is known as closed rhinoplasty and is often preferred because it does not leave visible scarring.

If closed rhinoplasty is not practicable, the doctor may choose to make an incision across the skin between the nostrils, known as open rhinoplasty. During this procedure, they will remove or replace some of the bone and cartilage to reshape the nose. However, there is a higher risk of visible scarring with this technique.

Augmentation rhinoplasty

If you have a nose job to increase the size of the nose, the surgeon may use additional bone or cartilage to reshape the nose. This additional tissue is often referred to as a graft and is typically taken from the patient’s own body, such as the ears, elbow, rib, or skull. By using your own tissue, the risk of infection is minimised.

While a nose job can help you live a better and more satisfying life, botched rhinoplasty can result in a variety of complications, such as breathing difficulties and visible scarring. In some cases, you may need revision rhinoplasty or extra surgeries to correct the issues caused by the failed procedure. That may entitle you to start a rhinoplasty claim for compensation.

Am I eligible to make a rhinoplasty claim?

If you have suffered harm, unexpected results, or any other form of suffering due to a botched nose job, you may be entitled to compensation.

Medical professionals have a legal responsibility to provide patients with all the necessary information about the procedure to get their informed consent. That includes informing patients about potential complications. Failure to do so is known as failure to advise.

If you believe that you were not given enough information before your surgery or if there were errors made during the operation, you may have a valid rhinoplasty claim. Additionally, if the results of the intervention were not as expected, or if the clinic or hospital did not meet proper hygiene or safety standards, you may also have a valid claim for botched rhinoplasty.

To make a successful claim, you will need evidence of the negligence, the injury you sustained and how this has affected your life. The proof you can collect can come in the form of the following:

  • Pictures of yourself before and after the surgery and any visible injuries or scarring;
  • Medical records to identify if the medical practitioner failed to perform a necessary task or provided inadequate care;
  • Emails or written correspondence to prove that the risks of the procedure were not properly disclosed to the patient;
  • Contact details of anyone who was with you during consultations or treatments;
  • Copies of any complaint letters you filed about the surgery, as well as any responses you received;
  • Evidence of all the financial losses and expenses you incurred, such as receipts, invoices or payslips.

If you believe you may have grounds to start a rhinoplasty claim, request a call back or call 0800 032 3660 today to arrange a free consultation with a legal adviser. If you are eligible for compensation, they will offer you a no win no fee service, so there will be no upfront costs and no financial risk to you if your case is unsuccessful.

Potential injuries caused by a nose job gone wrong

There are various reasons why someone may undergo nose surgery, including:

  • The need for corrective surgery on the nose following a facial injury
  • Aesthetic concerns, such as bumps or an irregular bridge on the nose
  • A deviated septum that may cause functional issues with breathing
  • Difficulty breathing due to structural problems
  • Correction of previous surgical errors or unsatisfactory results

Rhinoplasty, like any surgery, has the potential for complications and risks. Errors made during rhinoplasty procedures can have a devastating impact on your life and can be incredibly painful. Thus, the intervention must be performed only by a fully qualified and trained medical professional who understands the risks involved. Untrained practitioners who lack the necessary knowledge to prevent accidents or injuries may cause harm to patients during the surgery.

Some of the most common results that may result in a compensation claim following botched rhinoplasty surgery include:

  • Infections caused by a failure to follow the health and safety legislation and maintain a sterile environment
  • Breathing difficulties, which may be due to removing too much tissue during the procedure
  • Sleep disruption because of breathing problems
  • Excessive bruising due to bleeding under the skin or a more serious complication, such as hematoma
  • Nasal collapse due to a weakening of the nasal cartilage
  • Damage to the surrounding tissue due to the use of improper surgical techniques and instruments, lack of skill or excessive force
  • Blood clots due to the disruption of blood vessels in the nose
  • Nerve damage, which can lead to loss of sensation or movement in the area
  • Further damage to the nose, such as septal perforation, leading to chronic nasal congestion and whistling or hissing noises when breathing
  • Unexpected aesthetic results
  • Visible scarring, particularly if an open rhinoplasty technique is used
  • Disfigurement, such as a deformed or asymmetrical appearance of the nose, which can have a significant impact on the patient’s quality of life

The physical effects mentioned above may trigger a negative emotional response that can lead to:

  • Disappointment over the failure of the surgery to achieve the desired effect
  • Depression and anxiety due to the unsuccessful surgery

If you or a loved one has suffered pain and financial losses due to a botched nose job, you should seek legal advice as early as possible. An experienced solicitor will offer you a free case assessment and let you know whether you have a valid rhinoplasty claim, with no obligation to proceed.

Common mistakes that could result in a rhinoplasty claim

Rhinoplasty is a very common procedure, typically carried out with no complications. It can be done for cosmetic or medical reasons, such as improving breathing after an injury to the nose. However, sometimes accidents occur, and they may be due to negligence before, during or after the procedure.

Many different instances of medical negligence could lead to a rhinoplasty claim, including:

  • Failure to advise patients on risks and get their informed consent;
  • Errors during the pre-operative assessment, such as failure to obtain the relevant medical history and current medication use;
  • Errors during the surgical procedure, such as performing the wrong type of surgery or causing nerve damage;
  • The procedure was not carried out by a fully qualified professional aware of the potential risks associated with nose surgery;
  • Using the incorrect equipment for the nose job or medical instruments that were not clean and sterile;
  • Failure to provide appropriate post-operative care, including infection prevention and management;
  • Misdiagnosis of complications that arise after the procedure, such as an infection or other side effects;
  • Failure to provide appropriate follow-up care and revision surgery if necessary.

If you or a loved one suffered an injury due to rhinoplasty that has gone wrong, you might be entitled to compensation. This can cover the pain and suffering you incurred, emotional and psychological damage, and related financial losses.

Can I still claim if I had rhinoplasty abroad?

No surgery is risk-free, and complications may arise whether you have a nose job in the UK or abroad. In the UK, the surgeon must provide follow-up treatment if you have issues after a procedure. However, overseas clinics may not provide this type of care or to the same standards.

With the increased popularity of medical tourism, more UK citizens choose to get a nose job abroad. That may involve some potential risks, as the standards of safety, training, and regulation may not be as high in other European countries compared to the UK, which could lead to post-surgical complications.

If a nose job goes wrong, the entitlement to make a rhinoplasty claim for negligence may differ from country to country. Thus, it is essential to confirm whether the clinic or surgeon has insurance to cover damages in case of errors. The NHS provides guidelines on how to safely prepare for cosmetic surgery abroad.

Seeking legal advice in the UK following a botched nose job abroad can pose challenges due to language barriers, obtaining medical records, and the different laws and legislations. It is also crucial to note that the time limit for making a claim may be much shorter than three years in certain foreign countries.

If you have suffered botched rhinoplasty abroad, it is recommended that you seek legal advice from an experienced solicitor to ensure that you do not miss the claim limitation date. A solicitor can advise you on your rights to claim compensation for a nose job gone wrong under the jurisdiction of the relevant country.

What can I claim rhinoplasty compensation for?

Personal injury solicitors are skilled in their ability to secure the highest levels of compensation in a rhinoplasty claim. To do so, they will present a detailed breakdown of all areas of loss and suffering resulting from surgical errors. These are typically categorised into two main types of damages, which are:

  • General damages include any pain and suffering resulting from the botched nose job. You will use evidence such as medical records, photographs and expert witness statements to claim general damages.
  • Special damages include any financial losses and expenses you have incurred as a result. You will need to provide evidence such as payslips, invoices or receipts to claim these losses under special damages.

Below are some examples of the considerations that will be made when determining the appropriate level of settlement:

  • The physical pain suffered
  • The emotional impact of the surgical error
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Cost of treatments, including the cost of any necessary repair work
  • Travel costs to medical appointments
  • Loss of earnings if time off work was necessary
  • Additional financial losses

Some examples of the compensation award you could receive for general damages in a rhinoplasty claim include:

  • £1,710 to £3,530 for trivial scarring
  • £3,950 to £13,740 for a more significant scar or multiple small scars that do not alter your appearance significantly
  • £9,110 to £30,090 if you have to undergo further plastic surgery to correct the botched nose job
  • £17,960 to £48,420 for significant disfigurement and psychological reaction
  • £29,780 to £97,330 for younger claimants with severe scarring and psychological trauma

Rhinoplasty is often performed for cosmetic reasons. When errors occur, there can be significant implications for your emotional and psychological well-being. Your solicitor will also include the impact on self-esteem and confidence when negotiating your final compensation award for botched rhinoplasty.

Benefits of using a solicitor

If your case has merit, you will be matched with a medical negligence solicitor experienced in rhinoplasty claims. As such, they will have extensive knowledge and experience in the field, which enables them to guide your claim smoothly and effectively to secure the best possible outcome. Your solicitor will always strive to achieve the highest possible settlement award for your botched rhinoplasty.

Further benefits of using an experienced medical negligence solicitor include the following:

  • A free initial consultation;
  • Professional advice and guidance on the best course of action;
  • No win no fee service, which means you can claim compensation for a botched nose job regardless of your financial situation and without taking any risks;
  • Friendly and knowledgeable staff;
  • Peace of mind knowing that your legal matters are being handled by a professional who has your best interests at heart;
  • Regular support and updates on your case;
  • Assurance that paperwork and other documentation are completed correctly and on time;
  • Commitment to securing the highest settlement sums for your rhinoplasty injuries;
  • If necessary, they can represent you in court.

If you would like to discuss your case to find out if you have a valid claim for a nose job gone wrong, call 0800 032 3660 or enter your details into the contact form below to receive your free consultation.

* Personal injury claims are offered on a no win, no fee basis. If your claim is successful, your solicitor will receive up to 25% of your compensation as their success fee. Any additional costs, such as legal protection insurance, will be clearly explained to you by your solicitor before you decide to proceed with your claim. Termination fees may apply if you fail to cooperate with your solicitor. This includes deliberately misleading your solicitor, failing to attend scheduled medical or expert examinations, or not appearing at a required court hearing.