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Can I claim compensation if I am unhappy with my Botox or Dermal Filler treatment?
Yes. Botox and dermal filler treatments are the most common of all cosmetic and non-surgical treatments in the UK. There are thousands of treatments carried out in salons and clinics across the UK every week. Botox Injections are frequently carried out by therapists with very little clinical training or experience. If your Botox injection has gone wrong or if you are unhappy with the results of your treatment, then you may be entitled to compensation.
How much compensation am I entitled to?
This will depend on what has gone wrong with your Botox or dermal filler procedure. Botox injections carry with them a number of risks. These can include:
- Paralysis of your facial and bodily muscles.
- Temporary drooping of face muscles.
- Facial disfigurement.
- Allergic reactions.
- Inability to talk properly.
- Blurred or impaired vision.
- A disappointing result.
- Emotional distress and unhappiness.
This is just a selection of some of the possible side-effects of Botox, many of which are extremely short lived although others may last longer. In some circumstances additional medical assistance may be required.
The compensation you receive will depend upon the different ways in which the result of your Botox operation has affected you. In most cases you will have suffered some degree of emotional upset and awards for such claims are often in the region of £2,000.00. Thankfully, most injuries arising from carelessly performed Botox injections are temporary and the symptoms and problems soon clear up. If your situation appears to be a permanent one, then your compensation is likely to be significantly higher than this figure. Our committed team of Botox Compensation Claims solicitors work on a no win, no fee basis.
In the early days Botox compensation claims were virtually unheard of as Botox injections were often the exclusive choice of the rich and famous, actors and actresses. The substance is extremely useful in achieving tight wrinkle free skin which in the eyes of many people improves their appearance. As the cost of Botox has fallen, so it is now more popular than ever and for many people a useful way of fighting back the ensuing years. It is a non-surgical procedure but as with any treatment which punctures the skin there are obvious risks and potential side-effects.
As consumers have become more aware of the risks and the duty of care which practitioners have to safeguard their customers, we have seen a significant increase in the number of Botox-related compensation claims. While many of us will be well aware of the term Botox, what exactly is it and what does it really do?
What Is Botox?
To give Botox its full medical breakdown, this is a drug which is manufactured from a neurotoxin which is produced by the bacterium clostridium botulinum which is generally referred to as botulinum toxin. In this particular instance we are looking at Botox compensation claims as a result of botched Botox injections predominantly connected with the beauty industry. Botulinum toxin is however used to address an array of issues including chronic migraines, squinting, incontinence, rapid eye movement, muscle spasms, cerebral palsy and the treatment of excessive sweating.
Administering Botox For Cosmetic Purposes
First of all Botox is not a substance which should not be given by untrained personnel. It is prescription only and as such only a trained doctor, dentist, registered nurse or pharmacist is able to administer the drug in a clinical environment. As a consequence, the injection of Botox should not be carried out by beauty therapists who do not have the relevant experience, qualifications and clinical background.
There are obvious risks with any treatment which pierces the skin but in order to minimise potential infection and side effects, Botox should only be administered in a safe clinically clean environment. While some people may be under the impression that Botox can be administered in beauty parlours and similar cosmetic business premises, this is simply not the case. In general it takes between three and five days before the impact of Botox becomes visible and up to 2 weeks before the full effects are felt. In general, one dose of Botox can last between three and four months although it is advisable to take professional advice regarding overuse and the potential side-effects.
Botox should never be administered to pregnant or lactating women or individuals who have in the past experienced allergic reactions to Botox or any of its ingredients. While it might be fairly obvious if a lady is pregnant or lactating, if you do not make the practitioner aware of potential allergies and you have an issue with the Botox injections this will severely impact any potential Botox compensation claim. The practitioner has a duty of care but the customer also has a duty of care to advise the practitioner of all relevant issues.
The Risks Of Botox Injections
On the whole the majority of people will not experience any major side effects as a consequence of Botox injections. There are obviously exceptions to the rule with more general short-term side effects such as flu like symptoms (usually within the first 24 hours) and possible bruising around the injection area – which is to be expected. As Botox can be administered into various parts of the body such as the forehead and lips there are other side-effects of Botox to be aware of which include:
- Temporary drooping of face muscles.
- Blurred or double vision.
- Possible breathing difficulties if Botox has been injected to the neck.
- Potential disfigurement.
- Loss of speech.
- Reduce facial movement.
- Allergic reactions.
- Excessive swelling.
Claiming Compensation For Botox Injuries
Such has been the demand for Botox in relation to beauty therapies that in some cases non-qualified personnel have been administering it. Legally, only regulated doctors, pharmacists, dentists and registered nurses are allowed to administer Botox but this is big business and some people have crossed the line without the relevant qualifications/ experience.
It is not just the fact that Botox is to all intents a “toxin” and should be handled with care but those administering Botox must also be trained and experienced in treating side-effects. While the vast majority of people will have limited or no side effects there are some who will experience an immediate adverse reaction. In some circumstances this can be life-threatening hence the reason why only regulated personnel should administer Botox.
If Botox has been given by a non-qualified practitioner or indeed administered in a negligent manner or a dangerous environment, then any injuries incurred may leave the practitioner libel to damages in a Botox compensation claim.
Starting A Botox Compensation Claim
If you believe you may have a Botox compensation claim as a consequence of a Botox related injury then you should contact ourselves with details of your treatment. This should include the time and place, practitioner involved, treatment promised, treatment delivered together with any side-effects and injuries. Contact us page
Why should I claim compensation?
Your injuries may require treatment that need to be paid for; or your injuries may force you to take time off work, resulting in loss of earnings. In the case of a serious work injury, it may have ruined your prospects of a future or dream job.
By making a workplace accident claim, we will get you compensation that pays you for what you lost financially.Also, a claim against your employer will highlight how your accident happened and make them aware of this so they can take the steps to prevent such a situation from happening to other employees.
How long after my work accident can I still claim?
Your injuries may require treatment that need to be paid for; or your injuries may force you to take time off work, resulting in loss of earnings. In the case of a serious work injury, it may have ruined your prospects of a future or dream job. By making a workplace accident claim, we will get you compensation that pays you for what you lost financially.Also, a claim against your employer will highlight how your accident happened and make them aware of this so they can take the steps to prevent such a situation from happening to other employees.
How long after my accident can I still claim?
Usually you have up to 3 years from when the accident occurred to make a claim.
For industrial disease claims, you have 3 years from when you realise that your symptoms are caused by a work-related illness, or when it is discovered by a medical expert.
How much compensation will I get?
There are many factors that determine how much compensation you will get, such as:
• what part(s) of the body you have injured
• the severity of the injury
• how long it will take to fully recover
• any loss of earnings
• payment for treatment
• and more…
Every case is different so we cannot say upfront how much compensation you are due.
Do I need to go to court?
Only 5% of cases we handle go to trial. The court is seen as a last resort when neither side can come to an agreement on liability (the fault of the accident), or settlement offer, or other.
We will always try to do everything we can to settle a case before it reaches the court. In the event it does reach the court, we will fully support and prepare you for this.
What is NO WIN, NO FEE?
It is an agreement that we will only charge for our service if we help you win your case. In the reverse, this also means that you will not have to pay us for our time if your claim is unsuccessful. The majority of personal injury claims we take on will be on a no win, no fee policy. This will be made clear to you when you bring your claim to us.
The no win, no fee system makes us affordable to all because there are no upfront costs to pay. Simply pick up the phone, tell us about the accident and we will assess whether we can help you with your claim or not.
At Driscoll Kingston Solicitors we can help you claim compensation for an injury which happened at work. Whether you were working as a full or part time employee, a self-employed contractor or a casual or temporary worker you are entitled to claim compensation. Every employer is required by law to have Employers Liability Insurance in place to cover employees involved in accidents at work. The compensation is usually brought against the Employer’s Liability Insurance company not the employer directly.
Driscoll Kingston Solicitors have a team of experts in this area who will guide and support you through the claims process. We understand that it can often be difficult to consider pursuing a claim for compensation from your employer and can feel intimidating even though you are entitled to claim compensation. Let us assist you through this complex procedure. Call us today and speak to one of our specialist solicitors who will explain the claims process and advise you on how successful your work accident claim will be. Driscoll Kingston Solicitors act on a no win no fee basis where possible, 98% of our Accident at Work Claims are on a no win no fee basis which means there is no financial risk to you.