Cosmetic Surgery: What to do if it goes wrong
No amount of metaphorical cosmetic surgery can completely save the NHS from its now muddied image. Following the PIP scandal and Francis Enquiry, one UK law firm has advised patients on what to do if they fall victim to medical malpractice.
Approximately 47,000 British women were mistreated in the PIP scandal, as their breast implants were made from industrial grade silicone…instead of material that was medically approved. This has caused MPs to raise concerns about Britain’s ‘body-image crisis’ but Britain’s legal firms have refocused the spotlight onto medical negligence:
“Whether you’re treated in the private or public sector, everyone has a right to a reasonable standard of care. In some cases, this just hasn’t happened.” Bentley Solicitors
The Francis Enquiry released in February 2013 exposed the NHS; 290 recommendations were made in the QC’s analysis. The comprehensive list of failings underlined within the report has demonstrated just how critical it is for NHS reform.
Claiming Against the NHS
The NHS Litigation Authority is the official body that deals with all compensation claims made against Britain’s National Healthcare Service. If the PIP implant operation was performed by the NHS, patients are advised to follow this three-stage process when making a complaint:
During this process, the personal injury solicitor sets to work – compiling all the necessary information on the incident and creating a case file which details everything the eventual court needs to know, in order for the victim to receive their deserved compensation.
Claimants are also advised to get in touch with organisations like NHS Direct, the Patient Advice and Liaison Service, the Independent Complaints Advocacy Service and the Citizens Advice Service.
Still, to strengthen the chances of winning cosmetic surgery claims, it is the experienced legal firms that need to come into play.
A personal injury lawyer who specialises in medical negligence will know exactly how to make a strong claim against the NHS, while honing in on securing the maximum pay-out. Where PIP cases are concerned, that pay-out could be as high as £15,000.
The general consensus on this issue is that those looking for cosmetic surgery ought to stick to NHS-trained surgeons and avoid private practices. In the event of something going wrong, there is a clear justice avenue to go down with the help of a legal expert.
In terms of private clinic malpractice, the route to a successful claim may be more complicated. Nevertheless, the same personal injury solicitor can make sure victims are compensated for their suffering – it’s much more difficult to fight for it alone.