Cosmetic surgery compensation claims
If you've had a cosmetic surgery procedure that has gone wrong, you could be entitled to make a cosmetic surgery compensation claim.
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Tummy Tuck (abdominoplasty) Claims

Tummy tucks are recognised as one of the most favoured optional surgeries available, often chosen by those looking to achieve a streamlined figure and slimmer appearance. 

Some people choose to have a tummy tuck, formally referred to as abdominoplasty, following childbirth or after they have lost a significant amount of weight to improve the appearance of sagging skin.

Although most of these procedures are performed with care and produce the expected result, some people aren’t so lucky. Errors made before, during or after a tummy tuck surgery can have significant adverse consequences. 

If the tummy tuck procedure is not carried out as effectively, safely or successfully as planned and you are left with unexpected pain, poor results or excess scarring, it may be possible to make a tummy tuck claim for compensation.

To find out if you have a valid claim, as well as receive some free legal advice about the process, call 0800 032 3660 today for a free case assessment. If you would prefer somebody to call you back, you can arrange this by filling out our online claim form.

The free case assessment will be carried out by a trained legal adviser. They will listen to your case, answer any questions you have and let you know if you could be entitled to compensation.

If you have a valid claim and would like to proceed, they will connect you with an experienced solicitor. As well as having experience in helping people claim compensation for all types of cosmetic surgery errors, they will also work on a no win no fee* basis.

No win no fee means you can claim compensation for tummy tuck negligence without putting yourself at financial risk. There are no upfront costs, and you will only pay a fee (up to a maximum of 25% of the compensation award) if your claim is successful. 

What errors could lead to tummy tuck claims?

Tummy tucks are invasive procedures, and as such, it takes a lot of consideration for individuals before undergoing surgery. The operation is complex, and there are many potential risks when choosing to undertake one.

There are five different types of tummy tuck that can be performed, which are:

  • Traditional abdominoplasty
  • Mini Abdominoplasty
  • Fleur de Lys Abdominoplasty
  • Extended Abdominoplasty
  • Circumferential Abdominoplasty

Unfortunately, sometimes errors occur during or after tummy tuck surgeries, which can present serious additional risks to you. This can result in significant injuries, excess pain, bad scars and emotional distress. 

The following types of error are amongst the most common related to tummy tucks:

  • Unsanitary practices
  • Infections caused by medical error
  • Excessive scarring
  • Poor aftercare procedures
  • Failure to fully explain surgery, recovery, results and potential risks

If a surgeon makes an error during the tummy tuck operation, physical damage can be caused. If this has an impact on your appearance, the psychological and emotional distress can be devastating. 

For this reason, as a victim of medical negligence, you may also be assessed and advised to pursue compensation for psychological damage as well as physical injuries.

What are the signs of potential tummy tuck negligence?

After the surgery, a certain degree of pain, discomfort and swelling is expected. You should have been advised of this during your initial consultation and before the surgery was performed.

However, if you experience significant pain and discomfort beyond what you would expect, it could be a sign that something has gone wrong.

Other signs that may indicate a potential issue with a tummy tuck include:

  • ongoing pain in the abdomen
  • skin puckering around the scar
  • collection of fluid, known as seroma, around the wound area
  • deformity of the skin

These are just a few of the signs of a possible issue. If you experience any unexpected pain, problems or concerns following a tummy tuck, you should have them investigated as soon as possible by a doctor. 

If the issues resulted from negligence on behalf of the surgeon or any other healthcare professional responsible for your care, you could be entitled to make a tummy tuck compensation claim.

How much compensation will I be awarded for a botched tummy tuck?

The amount of compensation you can claim for a botched tummy tuck will depend upon the severity of the injuries and damages that you have suffered. 

Your personal injury solicitors will ensure that you are awarded a settlement figure that thoroughly reflects all losses you have sustained. 

Your compensation claim is broken down into two parts:

  • General damages – this is compensation for the pain and suffering caused by the injuries you sustained.
  • Special damages – this is compensation for any financial losses and expenses you have incurred as a result of the negligence and subsequent injuries.

As mentioned above, your solicitor will assess all of your injuries and financial losses to negotiate the maximum possible compensation award on your behalf. Depending on your circumstances, this may include:

  • Pain and physical damage
  • Emotional and psychological distress
  • Loss of earnings
  • Future loss of earnings if your injuries are ongoing
  • Cost of medical treatment and medications
  • Cost of travel associated with treatment needs

How long do I have to make a negligent tummy tuck claim?

As with the vast majority of personal injury and medical negligence claims, there is a time limit of three years to start your claim. Depending on the circumstances of your case, this three year limit will either begin on:

  • the date of your tummy tuck surgery if the error and injury are immediately apparent, or
  • the date you were made aware that you have suffered an injury or illness as a result of medical negligence. This is known as the date of knowledge.

When it comes to medical negligence, such as errors during tummy tucks and other cosmetic procedures, the date of knowledge is very important. This is because the impact of a surgical error, and the fact that medical negligence may be the cause, may not be known for several weeks or months after the surgery.

If you are unsure if you are within the time limit and eligible to claim, call 0800 032 3660 to speak to a legal adviser. They will discuss the circumstances of your case and let you know if you have a valid tummy tuck negligence claim.

Can I claim on a no win no fee basis?

Yes, all of the solicitors we work with are able to offer a no win no fee service. But what does this mean?

No win no fee, also known as a conditional fee agreement, provides personal injury claimants with a number of benefits. 

Firstly, you won’t have to pay any upfront fees by making a tummy tuck claim on a no win no fee basis. You can start a claim without it costing you anything and with no hidden costs.

Another benefit is that it removes any financial risk – if your solicitor is unable to win your compensation claim, you won’t have to pay them a penny.

You only pay your solicitor if they successfully win your case, and only then once compensation has been awarded. The solicitor will deduct a pre-agreed percentage from your compensation, which is known as a success fee. 

The details of the no win no fee agreement will be discussed with you before you start your claim, so everything is upfront and transparent with no hidden surprises.

To find out more about the no win no fee process or making a tummy tuck negligence claim, call 0800 032 3660 for a free consultation with a legal adviser. If you would prefer to receive a call back, enter your details into our simple online claim form.

* 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.