Liposuction claims

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Liposuction is a popular cosmetic surgery technique designed to remove fat from certain areas of the body. Popular areas include the abdomen, thighs, hips, upper arms and buttocks.

Once liposuction has been performed, the affected area will be bandaged and stitched. Usually recovery time is around 2 weeks, however seeing noticeable results could take up to a period of 6 months as it can take sometimes take several months for the inflammation to subside.

Although it may be commonly performed and will often be carried out without any complications, liposuction is still a surgical procedure and therefore carries certain risks.

How do I know liposuction has gone wrong?

Unfortunately medical negligence claims that arise from negligent liposuction are all too common.

Some examples of a negligent liposuction procedure include:

  • poor body shape or contour deformity
  • bleeding under the skin (haematoma)
  • nerve damage or numbness
  • inflammation of the veins (thrombophlebitis)
  • bumpy or asymmetric skin
  • blood poisoning
  • scarring and other skin damage
  • puncturing an internal organ
  • a build up of fluid on the lungs (pulmonary oedema)

What are my options if I’ve undergone negligent liposuction treatment?

If you feel that your failed liposuction was a result of negligent treatment, an award of compensation can contribute towards any financial burdens you have suffered or are likely to suffer in the future as a result of the negligence, as well as the physical and emotional distress involved. 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 negligent liposuction, 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 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.

How can I pay for my claim?

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


Our credentials

“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 the doctor or surgeon worked for an NHS hospital, you will be suing the employing NHS Trust. In the case of a private hospital you will sue the company that owns the private hospital if the surgeon is an employee there. If you are suing a private consultant who operates at the hospital but is not employed by the hospital, you will sue them personally as they will have their own indemnity insurance.

Where corrective or remedial treatment is necessary and appropriate this will be taken into account in your settlement.

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