Rhinoplasty Compensation Claims
Rhinoplasty is sometimes a medical necessity and sometimes a chosen procedure for cosmetic purposes. When errors occur during rhinoplasty, the patient can suffer from damage to their nose, restrictions in their ability to breathe and disfigurement or appearance effects.
If a negligent surgeon is to blame for any suffering or harm caused to you during a rhinoplasty procedure, you may be eligible to make a claim for personal injury compensation. There are significant risks in rhinoplasty, like all surgery, and so it is vital that your surgeon works with professionalism and in accordance with health and safety legislation in order to protect your safety. Unfortunately, with increasing demand for the surgery, more inexperienced and negligent surgeons are making errors in procedures.
What is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is more commonly referred to as a ‘nose job’ and is an operation that is undertaken to change the shape of the patient’s nose. This is sometimes done because of the look of the nose and because the patient is not happy with their appearance. In other instances, the surgery is necessary after an injury or medical condition.
Rhinoplasty is sometimes necessary in order to support the patient’s ability to breathe following an accident or impact on the nose. In some cases, rhinoplasty will be available through the NHS and in others, private surgery will be chosen or required.
There are two main types of rhinoplasty, and they are:
For patients who have rhinoplasty to make their nose smaller, the surgeon will normally make cuts inside the nostrils to reach the bone and cartilage. This process is referred to as ‘closed rhinoplasty’ and means that the patient should not be left with any visible scarring.
If closed rhinoplasty isn’t an option, the surgeon may opt to cut across the skin between the nostrils and this procedure is referred to as ‘open rhinoplasty’. The surgeon will remove or replace some of the bone and cartilage in the nose to amend the shape. With this technique, there is an increased chance of there being a visible scar.
For patients who are having their nose made bigger, the surgeon may cut inside or between the nostrils and will reshape the bone and cartilage using additional bone or cartilage from elsewhere in the body. The extra will usually be taken from the ears or elbow, rib or skull and is referred to as a ‘graft’. Using the patient’s own cartilage or bone minimises the risk of an infection.
Am I eligible to make a Rhinoplasty claim?
Any patient who has suffered harm, inadequate treatment, unexpected results or suffering because of errors made during rhinoplasty surgery may be able to make a claim for compensation. Solicitors have a wealth of experience in managing rhinoplasty claims and maintain specific knowledge in this field.
Errors made during rhinoplasty procedures can have a devastating impact on the patient’s life and can be incredibly painful. Some of the most common results that we are presented with following errors in rhinoplasty surgery include:
- Breathing difficulties
- Sleep disruption because of breathing problems
- Excessive bruising
- Damage to the surrounding tissue
- Blood clots
- Nerve damage
- Further damage to the nose
- Unexpected aesthetic results
You may be eligible to make a claim for compensation if errors occurred during surgery or if you believe that you were provided with inadequate information prior to the procedure. Medical practitioners are legally obliged to provide patients with the necessary information needed in order for them to make an informed decision before their procedure or surgery. This extends to ensuring that the patient is aware of possible complications. If the patient is inadequately informed, this is referred to as ‘failure to advise’.
It may also be possible to pursue a claim if the results of the rhinoplasty were not as you expected or if the clinic or hospital were not hygienic or observant of their safety obligations.
What can I claim compensation for?
Personal injury solicitors are skilled in their ability to secure the highest levels of compensation in all rhinoplasty claims, and this is done through presenting a thorough breakdown of all areas of loss and suffering caused by the errors in surgery. Some of the considerations that will be made when determining the appropriate level of settlement include:
- The physical pain suffered
- The emotional impact of the surgical error
- Cost of treatments including the cost of any necessary repair work
- Loss of earnings if time off work was necessary
- Additional financial losses
Rhinoplasty is often undertaken as a cosmetic procedure, and when errors occur, there can be significant implications for the patient’s emotional and psychological well-being. Your solicitor will therefore aim to demonstrate the impact on self-esteem and confidence when negotiating your final compensation award.
Benefits of Using a Solicitor
Your medical negligence solicitor will be highly experienced in rhinoplasty compensation claims, and as such, will have very specific knowledge that enables them to guide your claim through smoothly and effectively whilst securing the best possible outcome. They will always strive to achieve the highest settlement awards possible.
Further benefits include:
- No Win, No Fee service
- Free initial consultation
- Friendly and knowledgeable staff
- Constant support and updates on your case
- Commitment to securing the highest settlement sums
If you would like to discuss your case to find out if you have a valid claim for compensation, call 0800 678 1410 or request a call back to receive your free consultation.