Nose surgery gone wrong – negligence compensation claims
Learn more about making a compensation claim if you suffer an injury following nose surgery below. For more information about personal injury claims, see our full Resource Library
If your Rhinoplasty surgery has gone wrong due to the negligence of your surgeon then you may be able to make a medical negligence compensation claim.
For more information on nose surgery compensation claims, read our guide below.
Rhinoplasty – sometimes simply known as a ‘nose job’ – is a very common cosmetic surgery procedure. The nature of nose reshaping surgery means that there will be some pain and bruising as the procedure involved breaking and reshaping the nose.
While for most patients this initial pain and soreness soon heals, some find that it does not alleviate as quickly as they expected – or other complications arise. In these cases the patient may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
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How can nose surgery go wrong?
All forms of medical, clinical or cosmetic surgery carry risks such as infection or scarring, but with a rhinoplasty procedure there is also the potential to suffer problems such as:
- Abnormal bleeding, clots (haematoma)
- Eye injury
- Decreased sense of smell
- A retracted or hanging columella
- Excessive bruising
- Nerve damage
Can I make a rhinoplasty compensation claim?
In order to make a compensation claim for nose surgery gone wrong, you must be able to show that the medical professional or the medical practice as a whole was negligent in some way. Compensation claims cannot be made solely because your are not satisfied with the result of the surgery, there must be negligence by a third party.
All medical professionals have a duty of care towards their patients to take reasonable steps to ensure their health and safety. If they fail in this duty, then you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. To find out more, read our guide: What is negligence?
A medical negligence compensation claim can be brought against the medical professional who carried out the procedure, or against the medical practice they work for.
There has been a rise in popularity of plastic surgery in recent years, which has resulted in an increased number of plastic surgery practices. Because cosmetic surgery is not as heavily regulated as many other medical disciplines, there is a risk of procedures being performed by untrained or inexperienced staff.
What can I claim for?
When cosmetic surgery procedures go wrong, the effects on the patient can be extremely damaging – both physically as well as psychologically.
Nose surgery gone wrong can be particularly traumatic to the patients self-esteem as the nose is so prominent, any physical complications can therefore leave a lasting mark on a very prominent facial feature.
Rhinoplasty compensation claims can be made for:
- The pain and suffering caused
- Psychological impact
- Income lost due to incapacitation
- The medical costs of any corrective procedures
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