Dermal Filler Claims: Negligence in Cosmetic Procedures
Find out how much your personal injury claim may be worth
Dermal filler treatment involves the injection of substances into the skin to add volume and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. They can also be used to enhance facial features such as the lips, cheekbones, and jawline. Lip filler and dermal filler procedures have become increasingly popular over the past decade.
Dermal fillers are made from various materials, including hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, and poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA). The effect of the filler is temporary and can last anywhere from several months to several years, depending on the type of filler used and the individual’s skin and lifestyle.
The frequency of dermal filler injuries is not well documented, but adverse events and complications related to dermal fillers have been reported. Injuries from dermal fillers gone wrong can range from mild side effects like swelling and bruising to more serious issues such as skin necrosis, vision problems, and even blindness.
It’s important to choose a qualified and experienced beauty therapist/ injector to understand the risks and benefits of the procedure, and to follow all aftercare instructions.
If you think you may be entitled to filler claim compensation for dermal filler injuries, contact our team today.
What are the main causes of dermal filler injuries?
Beacon Law have dealt with dermal filler claims for injuries cased for a range of reasons. There are several factors that can contribute to dermal filler injuries:
- Injection technique: Improper injection technique or placement of the filler can lead to injury.
- Product selection: Using the wrong type of filler for a specific area or skin type can increase the risk of injury.
- Allergic reactions: Some individuals may have an allergic reaction to the filler material.
- Bacterial infections: Improper sanitation or the use of non-sterile equipment during the procedure can lead to a bacterial infection.
- Over correction: Receiving too much filler in one area can result in an unnatural appearance or injury.
- Tissue injury: The needle used for injection can accidentally damage blood vessels, nerves, or other tissues.
- Nodules and granulomas: Lumps and bumps can form in the area where the filler was injected, which may require additional treatment.
If you suffered an injury in a dermal filler procedure, you may be able to make a dermal filler injury claim in specific circumstances.
What to do if you have suffered a dermal filler injury
If you think your dermal fillers have gone wrong, it’s important to take the following steps:
- Contact your injector: Schedule an appointment with the practitioner who performed the procedure as soon as possible to discuss your concerns and assess the situation.
- Avoid massaging the area: Massaging the area can make the problem worse, so avoid doing so.
- Keep the area clean: Clean the area with soap and water and avoid exposing it to sunlight and heat.
- Seek medical attention: If you experience severe pain, swelling, or a fever, seek medical attention immediately from a medical professional.
- Consider reversal treatments: In some cases, the filler can be reversed or dissolved using a specific type of enzyme or medication. Your injector will be able to advise you on the best course of action.
- Report the issue: If you believe the problem was caused by a product defect or the injector’s negligence, consider reporting the issue to the appropriate regulatory body.
- Contact a solicitor: If you believe your injury was caused by your injector’s negligence, you may wish to contact a solicitor, such as Beacon Law to start a claim today.
Making dermal filler claims for compensation
If you believe that your injury was caused by medical negligence or a defective product, you may be able to pursue compensation on a no win, no fee basis.
The first step is to gather evidence of the injury and the cause, such as medical records and photographs of the affected area. You should ensure that you have sought medical attention to obtain treatment for your injury as soon as possible to mitigate any further damage to the affected area.
Next, you should seek legal advice from a solicitor who specialises in medical negligence claims. They will be able to advise you on the strength of your case and the compensation you may be entitled to receive.
It’s important to note that the claims process can be complex and may take a significant amount of time, so it’s important to act promptly.
Dermal filler claims: How much compensation could you receive?
The amount of compensation you may receive for a dermal filler injury will depend on the specific circumstances of your case, including the extent of the injury, the impact on your quality of life, and any financial losses you have incurred.
In general, compensation for a dermal filler injury will be split into general damages (compensation for your injury) and special damages (additional financial losses) and may include compensation for:
- Pain and suffering: This includes compensation for the physical and emotional distress caused by the injury.
- Medical expenses: This includes compensation for the cost of any medical treatment or procedures needed to correct the injury.
- Lost income: This includes compensation for any wages or salary you have lost as a result of the injury.
- Loss of future earning capacity: This includes compensation for any future loss of income if the injury has impacted your ability to work.
It’s important to note that each case is unique and the compensation awarded will depend on the specific circumstances of the injury.
Solicitors use both guidelines and case law to calculate the value of an injury in a personal injury claim.
- Guidelines: The Judicial College Guidelines are a comprehensive set of guidelines used by solicitors and judges to assess the value of personal injury claims. The guidelines provide a range of recommended compensation amounts for different types and levels of injury, taking into account the severity of the injury, the impact on the individual’s life, and any other relevant factors.
- Case law: In addition to the guidelines, UK solicitors also use case law to assess the value of an injury in a personal injury claim. This involves looking at previous similar cases and the compensation awarded in those cases to provide a benchmark for the value of your claim.
Both guidelines and case law provide a useful starting point for determining the value of a personal injury claim, but each case is unique and the compensation awarded will depend on the specific circumstances of the injury. An experienced solicitor will take into account all relevant factors and negotiate the best possible compensation for you.
No win, no fee dermal filler claims
Beacon Law offer their assistance in dermal filler claims using a no win, no fee agreement. This means that the claimant will not have to pay any legal fees upfront, and the solicitor will only receive payment if the claim is successful.
If the claim is successful, the solicitor’s fee will usually be a percentage of the compensation award, as agreed between the claimant and the solicitor in advance. This percentage will typically be deducted from the compensation award before it is paid to the claimant.
If the claim is unsuccessful, the claimant will not be responsible for paying their solicitor’s legal fees. This provides peace of mind to claimants who may be concerned about the cost of pursuing a claim.
It is likely that you will also be required to take out an After the Event Insurance (ATE) premium for your case.
ATE (After The Event) insurance is a type of insurance policy that is commonly used in the UK to cover the legal costs of pursuing a No Win No Fee claim.
The purpose of ATE insurance is to provide financial protection in the event that a No Win No Fee claim is unsuccessful. It covers the legal costs that would otherwise be payable by the claimant in the event that the case is lost. This allows claimants to pursue their case with confidence, without having to worry about incurring substantial legal costs.
ATE insurance is typically taken out after the event that gives rise to the claim, hence the name. It is usually purchased as part of a No Win No Fee agreement and is used to cover the cost of the claimant’s legal expenses, as well as the costs of the defendant if the claimant loses the case.
The cost of the ATE insurance will only be payable if your case is successful and will be deducted from your damages on conclusion of your case.
How can Beacon law assist?
Beacon Law are a nationwide law firm assisting on all types of personal injury claims, including negligent beauty treatment and dermal filler claims for compensation.
We offer our assistance on a no win, no fee basis which means that if your claim is unsuccessful, you will not be required to pay our legal fees. If your claim is successful, our fees will be deducted from your compensation on conclusion of your case.
We are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and can provide you with the legal advice you require as your personal injury lawyer. We will provide assistance throughout your case and act only within your instructions in progressing the matter.
If you require our assistance or wish to discuss your case, please complete the online contact form on our website, and a specialist Solicitor will contact you. Alternatively, you may call us on 0330 1332 857 to discuss your potential case.