Laser Skin Rejuvenation Compensation Claims
Non-surgical skin rejuvenation techniques provide men and women with a fast, relatively pain-free way to improve the texture and appearance of their skin. Despite the fact that surgery is not involved, skin rejuvenation procedures are not risk-free and require competent, qualified, experienced practitioners to carry out the treatment.
If a skin rejuvenation treatment is performed negligently, or a proper pre-treatment assessment and full disclosure of the risk is not carried out, people can be left with life-long scars and in considerable agony.
If this has happened to you then you have a right to claim for compensation for skin rejuvenation negligence.
What is Skin Rejuvenation?
Skin rejuvenation can be achieved in a number of ways, ranging from laser, light and other energy-based treatments to non-ablative methods including chemical peels, and can also include surgical procedures, such as facelifts.
What conditions is skin rejuvenation usually used for?
As we age, our skin is ravaged by environmental factors such as sun, pollution, smoking and alcohol. Fine lines, wrinkles, redness and dullness of the skin are all tell-tale signs of the years passing by. However, unlike our grandmother, we can utilise more effective weapons to fight father-time than simply a pot of Pond’s Cold Cream.
Because non-surgical skin-rejuvenation treatments require minimal down-time (IPL can be done in your lunch-hour), they are becoming increasingly popular with both men and women wanting to stave -off the effects of environmental damage to their skin.
What are the different skin rejuvenation treatments?
There are many different types of skin rejuvenation treatments, including;
- Elos Skin Rejuvenation
Elos uses a combined bi-polar radio frequency and light energy to precisely and safely target pigmented areas, such as freckles, sun spots and age spots.
It works by the action of light and electrical energy breaking up the pigment and stimulating collagen restructuring and production.
Treatments are repeated every three to four weeks and most people have five sessions in total. Recovery time is minimal, most people can head straight back to work or other activities straight after treatment.
- IPL Skin Rejuvenation
Similar to Elos, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) skin rejuvenation is usually a 30 minute procedure in which intense pulses of light are used to penetrate deep into your skin. Patients will experience a tingling sensation and maybe a little discomfort as the pulse is applied, but it should not be painful.
Recovery time is minimal. Apart from some residual redness and being unable to apply makeup for 24 hours after the treatment, you should be able to return to work or other activities immediately.
- PRP Skin Rejuvenation
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) skin rejuvenation (sometimes referred to as the ‘Vampire Facelift’) involves withdrawing a patient's blood, processing it to isolate the platelet-rich plasma (PRP), then re-injecting it to erase wrinkles and create a more youthful look.
The procedure lasts around 15 minutes and any discomfort felt during the procedure should be minimal. Again, you can return to work or other normal activities straight after having the treatment done.
What are the risks and side effects of skin rejuvenation treatments?
Non-invasive cosmetic procedures still carry the risks of side-effects if performed by an unskilled practitioner or one who is negligent. IPL and Elos skin rejuvenation procedures both involve heat; therefore, disfiguring painful burns can occur. Changes in skin pigmentation and scarring are also common reasons for compensation claims to be brought.
PRP skin rejuvenation treatments carry less risks than some other cosmetic procedures as there is no risk of infection because your own blood is being used.
Side effects associated with skin rejuvenation can include:
- Mild irritation
Can I claim compensation if skin rejuvenation treatment goes wrong?
You may be able to claim compensation for a botched skin rejuvenation treatment if you can show that the person who performed the procedure was negligent. To prove negligence, you need to show you experienced a level of care that fell below accepted standards within the industry. For example, if the laser was left on individual areas of your body for too long and you experienced pain and received burns, then the court may find the clinic where you had your skin rejuvenation treatment undertaken was negligent.
Alternatively, if the risks of the procedure were not fully explained to you, or adequate follow-up care provided if you experienced a bad reaction, negligence may have occurred.
How much compensation will I get?
The amount of compensation you receive will depend on the extent of damage you suffered due to the negligence of the clinician who performed your skin rejuvenation procedure and the lasting effects it has had on your life. For example, if you have had to take time off work to have the damage caused corrected, or have struggled with your confidence and now suffer anxiety when leaving the safety of your home, your compensation payment may be greater than if you suffered short-term effects.
How do I make a claim?
Contact us as soon as possible and we will take care of everything for you. From obtaining your medical records, contacting the clinic that performed the skin rejuvenation procedure, instructing expert witnesses through to negotiating settlement, you can rely on the clinical negligence team at IBB Solicitors to support you throughout the entire claims process.
What is the process of making a claim?
Firstly, you need to instruct an experienced personal injury lawyer, who will evaluate your situation and establish whether or not a claim for negligence has a chance of success. The team at IBB Solicitors will evaluate your chances of receiving compensation.
Your solicitor will build the case for negligence and then write to the clinic responsible for your skin rejuvenation procedure, stating that you are making a claim for negligence (this is known as the Pre-action Protocol).
The clinic will investigate the claim and either concede that negligence occurred or challenge the claim. If the claim is challenged, we will issue court proceedings if appropriate.
How long with the process take?
It depends on the complexity of your case and the extent of your injuries. Generally, most cosmetic surgery claims are settled within 18-24 months.
Will I have to go to court?
If the claim is to be defended, then your solicitor will file proceedings in court. In the vast majority of cases, claims are settled before the court date. Our clinical negligence team are experts in negotiating early settlements and have a strong track record of saving our clients the stress and time of having a case go to hearing. However, if court proceedings prove inevitable, we will provide you with a full range of support and guidance, and robustly defend your position.
How much will it cost to make a claim?
At IBB Solicitors we provide ‘conditional fee arrangements’, otherwise known as ‘no win, no fee’. This means that if your claim is unsuccessful, you will not have to pay any legal fees to our solicitors.
Because we are shouldering the risk of your claim, you can feel confident that we believe it has a reasonable chance of success.
You can further protect yourself by taking out After the Event insurance to cover the other side’s costs if the court orders that you must pay them.
We will fully explain all your options to you when you come in to see us.
By instructing IBB to manage your claim for compensation for damage caused by negligence in providing skin rejuvenation treatment, you can be confident that you have the best possible chance of success. We will expertly guide you through the process, providing you with support as and when you require it.
If early settlement is not possible, you can be assured that we will robustly fight your claim in court, protecting your interests and obtaining the compensation you deserve.
We believe the price of beauty should not be too high. If you have suffered pain or disfigurement due to laser or PRP skin rejuvenation negligence come and talk to us. We are open, approachable and truly listen; attributes which allows us to provide exemplary client care throughout all stages of a compensation claim.
If you would like further information on making a compensation claim for cosmetic surgery negligence, please call our office on 0333 323 1637.