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Tummy Tuck Claims

If you have had a tummy tuck which you believe went wrong because of medical negligence, you need to speak to a solicitor as soon as possible. If doctors are to blame for your injuries, you will have a legal right to pursue a claim for compensation.

Who should have an abdominoplasty?

An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, is a cosmetic procedure that involves removing excess skin and fat from the abdomen. It is a popular form of elective surgery and is particularly useful for women who have been left with excess skin and fat after pregnancy or extreme weight loss. The surgery is also becoming increasingly common amongst male patients, with 2011 marking a 15% rise in demand a record number of male tummy tuck procedures.

Can a tummy tuck go wrong?

All abdominoplasty candidates will want to achieve a flatter, firmer stomach. In the vast majority of cases this outcome is realised, with many patients reporting excellent, even life-changing, results.

However, as with all types of surgery, a tummy tuck does carry the possibility of complication. A surgeon should discuss these with a patient, making sure he or she understands the risks involved. These might include infection of the wound, as well as rare complications such as deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolus and necrosis of the skin and fat. Only once this information has been provided should a patient be allowed to sign a consent form.

Claiming compensation for an abdominoplasty

If a plastic surgeon fails to advise a patient about the risks, there could be grounds for a medical negligence claim. Indeed, medical professionals have a legal duty to explain how the procedure is performed, what complications might arise, and whether or not the results could be affected by such complications. If there is a failure to do so, meaning a patient has not made an informed decision when consenting to surgery, the surgeon in question will have breached his duty of care.

Furthermore, there are occasions in which a patient is left with an unfavourable outcome as a direct result of medical incompetence. This might include:-

  • Excessive scarring;
  • Nerve damage;
  • Loss or displacement of the belly button;
  • Poor aesthetic result.

If such injuries are found to have occurred because the surgeon and his team failed to display the necessary level of skill, expertise and overall medical care, there will be grounds for a plastic surgery compensation claim.

Has your tummy tuck gone wrong?

If your tummy tuck has gone wrong, contact a solicitor without delay. A legal professional who specialises in medical negligence claims will be able to suggest whether you have been the victim of medical error. If so, you will be able to begin your claim for compensation.

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