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Tummy Tuck Claims

Abdominoplasty is a cosmetic surgery which is used to reshape the stomach/abdominal area. As it is generally considered to be a completely cosmetic procedure, it is normally not available on the NHS. Abdominoplasty surgery is available through most private cosmetic practices though.

Abdominoplasty is commonly known as a ‘tummy tuck’ and it is a surgery often sought out by those seeking help with weight loss. If you have experienced medical negligence associated with a tummy tuck operation you may be entitled to make a compensation claim.

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Types of Tummy Tucks

Tummy tuck procedures generally involve removing excess skin, fat and stretch marks to improve the appearance of the stomach. As the surgery often involves drastically reshaping or removing fat and excess skin from a large area, it can be a fairly complex surgery that can sometimes go wrong.

Some of the more common types of abdominoplasty are:

  • Full Tummy Tuck – employs liposuction and strengthens the abdominal muscles
  • Mini Tummy Tuck – specifically targeting the lower abdomen
  • Extended Tummy Tuck – focuses on removing excess skin
  • No Drain Tummy Tuck – sutures are used so that drainage tubes are not needed post-surgery

When do Abdominoplasty Operations Become Tummy Tuck Claims

You expect to be safe when undergoing any sort of cosmetic procedure, as all medical practitioners have a duty of care towards you. You should be made aware of any risks associated with the surgery beforehand, what is involved in the actual process, as well as what aftercare will be needed.

If you are unhappy with your results post-surgery, this does not necessarily mean you have been a victim of negligent care. To determine whether your treatment was negligent, an independent medical authority will assess whether any injuries and trauma could have been avoided and whether this suffering is the fault of any medical practitioners involved in the surgery.

Some common problems which can arise after Abdominoplasty surgery include:

  • Bleeding behind the skin
  • Excessive scarring around the operation area
  • Lung blood clots
  • Injury to the surrounding organs
  • Skin discolouration
  • Infection
  • Nerve damage or loss of feeling
  • Puckering of the skin around the surgery scar

CLAIMING ABDOMINOPLASTY NEGLIGENCE COMPENSATION

As with other types of medical negligence compensation claims, with tummy tuck claims, it is possible to claim for financial losses. This includes a loss of earnings if your injury is so great that you have not been able to return to work. If corrective surgery is necessary, you may be able to recover the cost of this too. There may also be the possibility to receive compensation to pay for any other medical expenses you have incurred.

Each abdominoplasty surgery is unique, and any resulting injuries or suffering will also be unique. Therefore, compensation will be decided on an individual basis.

How Much Compensation?

All personal injury cases are unique and so the amount of compensation that is awarded in each case is also unique. Compensation is understood by looking at two specific factors: general damages and special damages.

General Damages

The pain and suffering that your injuries have caused are main factors that are used to determine how much general damage compensation you are owed. This will usually be determined by undergoing a medical examination, from which a report is created that highlights the length of time the injuries will take to heal as well as their severity. Our compensation calculator will give you an indication of how much general damage compensation you might be entitled to based upon your injuries.

Special Damages

In addition to receiving compensation for your injuries, you may be able to reclaim any financial losses that you might have suffered as a result of your injuries. Compensation for financial losses is known as special damages compensation. This can include losses such as loss of earnings due to not being able to return to work, the cost of treatment as well as travel to treatment. It is important that you keep any receipts or evidence of additional losses in order for these to be reclaimed. With the exception of children, there is a three-year time limit on making a personal injury claim. This time limit begins from the date that the accident initially occurred. Therefore, you should contact a personal injury solicitor as soon as possible to assess your case.

Making Personal Injury Claims

If you have been involved in an accident with an uninsured driver, you may be entitled to compensation. First Personal Injury solicitors are available to assist you and ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.

First Personal Injury works with both families and individuals across England and Wales, leading them on their legal journey and helping them claim compensation after an accident or injury.