Cosmetic surgery compensation claims

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Compensation claims for failed cosmetic surgery

As with any medical procedure, when undergoing a cosmetic surgery procedure there are certain risks.

However, when cosmetic surgery goes wrong you may be left with both physical and emotional scars you weren’t prepared for, as well as a financial burden to get it fixed. For many, the best approach is to seek compensation for negligent cosmetic surgery.

Contacting a specialist cosmetic surgery lawyer to purse a claim for clinical negligence can result in compensation which will help you get your life back on track.

Why choose us?

It is vital when pursuing a cosmetic surgery claim that you have the right lawyer behind you to provide you with the best support and guidance.

Our specialist clinical negligence solicitors are a dedicated team with in-depth knowledge of the field and many years’ experience bringing medical negligence cases.

We also have years of experience winning cases for clients where cosmetic treatments have gone wrong, and understand the specific intricacies of a huge variety of cosmetic procedures. Your lawyer will always be available to answer questions about your medical negligence claim and guide you through the often daunting legal procedures to ensure you recover the compensation you deserve.

We are true specialists in clinical negligence, and we have earned our reputation based on the quality of our work: the team is ranked in the top tier by both leading Legal Directories (Legal 500 and Chambers) and several individual solicitors 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 of success.

Though this is not an exhaustive list, to find out more about how we can help with specific claims please take a look at some of our specialisms below:

As well as being able to contact us on the phone or by email, you can find answers to our most commonly asked medical negligence claims questions here as well as information on your funding options here.

If you feel that you have received negligent cosmetic treatment then please contact us and we will be able to discuss you potential claim further and answer any extra questions you may have.

Example cases

£55,000 for negligent cosmetic dentistry
We were contacted by our client after her negligent cosmetic dental treatment by three different dentists at the same practice.

Our client spent a lot of money in order to achieve a smile makeover, but rather than obtaining the aesthetically pleasing smile she had been promised, her teeth were over-prepared. Essentially, this means that far too much healthy tooth tissue was removed in advance of fitting cosmetic veneers and crowns. As a result, our client suffered infections and bone loss, and required numerous extractions. Our client required a protracted coursed of treatment to put things right, including root canal treatments and the fitting of multiple implants.

Ben Lees, an Associate Solicitor with a particular specialism in cosmetic dentistry claims, acted on her behalf and recovered £55,000 in compensation for her injuries. This is one of the highest settlements that has been awarded in a case of this kind, and covered her original outlay as well as the cost of her remedial treatment.

£22,500 for negligent orthodontics
Our client decided to have orthodontic braces fitted in order to obtain straighter teeth ahead of her upcoming wedding. However, the braces were fitted in a way that applied excessive force to her teeth, resulting in the need for the client to have multiple root canal procedures.

This protracted ordeal left our client in a lot of pain, and resulted in her suffering psychological damage for which she required therapy.

Ben Lees, Associate and specialist in cosmetic dentistry claims, successfully brought a claim in negligence and contract, and argued that the treating dentist had been ‘unjustly enriched’. This way our client was able to obtain her original treatment costs as well as the costs of future treatment to put things right.

£25,000 for negligent orthodontics
Ben Lees, Associate in our London office, negotiated a £25,000 settlement for our client who had contacted us complaining that the treatment undertaken by his dental practitioner had been entirely inappropriate and had left him with persistent pain.

Our client was led to believe that through orthodontic treatment his practitioner could solve or significantly reduce other medical issues, such as back and neck pain, posture, uneven eye levels, the position of his ears and leg length discrepancy.

Undergoing this wholly inappropriate and unnecessary treatment carried out over a two-year period left our client with the need for lengthy and costly remedial treatment on his teeth, as well as an overjet and overbite which needed a qualified orthodontist to correct.

Despite the clear complexities of the case, Ben Lees brought claims in negligence and contract against the Defendant, and was able to negotiate a settlement that covered the costs of the original treatment, and the remedial treatment

I am very happy with not only the outcome but the service and knowledge of Ben Lees. He was courteous and professional throughout, breaking down complex medical and legal issues clearly and concisely. I wouldn't hesitate to use him again or recommend him to anyone requiring expertise in this area.
Royds Withy King client


There are three ways you can fund a claim. The most common one is when we enter into a ‘no win no fee’ agreement, which is also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). Alternatively, you could be eligible for Legal Aid, or you might have a legal expenses insurance policy that you could use, even if you might not know you have it.

The main thing to note is that if your case is viable, we can always find a way to fund it, and we will choose the way that best meets your needs. We’ll do everything we can to keep the costs down – people often finding that bringing a claim costs them nothing. Find out more about ways to fund your claim.

It depends on a number of factors – for example, whether your opponent is denying there was a fault, whether you need further treatment, whether the case needs a medical expert, and whether the case needs to go to Court. Your solicitor will be able to let you know how long it should take.

Most simple cases should be dealt with within 18 to 24 months. Although complicated claims can take longer, it is very rare for any new case to take more than three years.

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 things like any financial losses you’ve incurred or will incur in the future, including loss of earnings or other income, travel expenses and other costs that we can show were caused by the negligence.

All compensation must be proved to be a result of the alleged negligent medical 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.

Contact us if you have received negligent cosmetic surgery, you can speak to our team on: