Arm lift surgery compensation claims

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As we age, skin loses elasticity. For some this means that, even after losing weight, the area still appears soft and out-of-shape. Arm lift surgery (also known as Brachioplasty) is a surgical procedure to remove unwanted fat and excess skin from the upper arms.

Brachioplasty can be used to remove large amounts of loose or sagging skin on the upper arms, tighten supportive tissue, reduce areas of excess fat and loose skin, and help give the upper arm tone and definition. Sometimes it is also performed alongside liposuction, for more precise results. Normally the surgery will take no more than two hours to perform.

How do I know whether something has gone wrong with my arm lift surgery?

Whilst it is normal to feel some pain and discomfort for several weeks following a brachioplasty procedure, indicators of negligence can include:

  • fat necrosis (where the fatty deposits underneath the reconstructed skin die)
  • infection
  • damage to the muscles and nerves in the arm causing numbness
  • nerve damage leading to sensation problems and pain
  • asymmetrical results

It is crucial that your surgeon made these risks known to you before the surgery. That way, you were fully able to make an informed decision about whether you wanted to go ahead. If they failed to explain these risks to you, and you wouldn’t have gone ahead if you’d known, you may have a claim.

How much pain should I expect following my Brachioplasty?

There is of course some pain and discomfort associated with all surgical procedures. However most Brachioplasty patients report the pain to be very tolerable, and are often off prescription pain medicine within a few days of the surgery.

If you are suffering with significant pain for a lot longer than this, and you think that this may be due to negligent treatment, you may have a claim.

I think I have had negligent arm lift surgery. What do I do?

If you’re suffering from any of the above symptoms, and you think that they may be a result of negligent care, you could be entitled to compensation. This will help compensate you for any financial, physical or mental damages as well as cover any corrective surgery that may have been required as a result. You can find out more about our claims process here.

You might feel that the process of making a claim is a daunting one, but our lawyers are here to help guide you every step of the way. The care and expertise we bring to all of our cases has also been independently recognised; we are ranked in the top tier by both leading Legal Directories (Legal 500 and Chambers).

You can also rest assured your case is in the hands of clinical negligence specialists; several individual solicitors within the team are ranked as leaders in the field. We are also independently accredited by The Law Society, The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA), so you can be sure that your case will have the best chance at success.

If I make a claim for a negligent arm lift, what kind of compensation might I expect?

This depends on your particular situation. Compensation is made up of two parts:

  • General damages – this is compensation for your pain, suffering and effects on your everyday life. The court will determine the amount by looking at the Judicial Studies Board Guidelines and the amounts awarded in recent similar cases.
  • Special damages – this includes any financial losses you’ve incurred or will incur in the future as a result of the negligence, including loss of earnings or other income, travel expenses and other costs incurred that we can show were caused by the negligence.

All compensation must be proved to be a result of the alleged negligent treatment. If the link cannot be proved, then the court won’t award any damages. As the claimant, it is your responsibility to prove each and every aspect of your claim, including your entitlement to general and special damages.

What will this cost me?

We have a range of funding options for people wanting to undergo a clinical negligence claim. Find out more about our funding options here.

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“A premier Somerset firm with experience of a broad range of high-value matters, including catastrophic birth injury claims. Routinely engaged on cerebral palsy cases and spinal injury claims, and offers expertise in weight loss surgery and dental negligence matters. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “Withy King were caring and understood us. They listened to our concerns and needs, and helped in whichever way they could.” “They are incredibly organised, easy to approach and they have a very supportive team who are incredibly sympathetic.” Notable practitioners: Head of department Simon Elliman (Band 1) oversees an array of complex claims, including cerebral palsy and spinal injury matters. In addition he acts on dental negligence cases. Sources say: “He is very able and he inspires confidence through calmness.” Market observers consider Paul Rumley (Band 1) “a very approachable lawyer with vast experience on high-value and complex cases.” He handles a range of matters including birth injury claims, fatal accidents and delay in diagnosis of cancer claims.” Chambers 2017 Somerset

“Highly commended firm with an excellent reputation across a broad spectrum of clinical negligence matters. Routinely acts on catastrophic cases including brain and spinal injury claims. Also noted for its handling of matters arising from amputation, delayed diagnosis and weight loss surgery. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “They’ve been amazing. They spoke to me on a level I understood. They are very understanding and compassionate and they advised me well the whole way through.” Notable practitioners: Head of department Richard Coleman (Band 1) offers vast experience of complex claims involving cerebral palsy, spinal injury and bariatric surgery, among other matters. “He is very good at negotiating settlements in difficult cases” and “doesn’t lose sight of the human aspect of it all,” assert sources.” Chambers 2017 Oxford and surrounds

“Royds Withy King is a ‘leading firm’ for catastrophic birth injury cases. Key figures include practice head Simon Elliman, who handles dental negligence, cerebral palsy and spinal injury claims; ‘first-rate solicitor’ Paul Rumley; and Kerstin Kubiak, who stands out for her ‘exceptional analysis’.” Legal 500 2016 South West 

“The ‘knowledgeable, dependable and competent’ team at Royds Withy King is led by ‘astute strategist’ Richard Coleman and includes Tracy Norris-Evans, who is ‘extremely knowledgeable and committed to her clients’.” Legal 500 2016 South East

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No. If your surgeon worked for a private clinic, then you will sue the company that owns the private clinic. Alternatively, if you are suing a private surgeon who was not employed by the clinic where you underwent the arm lift, you may be able to sue them in their personal capacity.

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