Cosmetic procedures like Botox are now more popular than ever. In the UK, thousands of these procedures are carried out in clinics and salons every week. In some cases, Botox procedures are even performed by therapists with little training and experience in clinical practice.
If you have decided to have Botox injection, you expect to be happy with the results after the procedure. Unfortunately, things can go wrong with Botox treatment, even leading to a number of medical complications. If you have suffered an injury as a result of negligence during a Botox procedure, you may be entitled to a Botox injury compensation.
What is Botox?
Botox, also known as Botulinum toxin, is a drug made from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It involves a non-surgical procedure aimed at cosmetically eliminating wrinkles by paralyzing the muscles temporarily. The goal is to achieve a tighter and wrinkle-free skin.
Botox procedures should only be carried out by fully trained and qualified professionals as problems could arise if administered incorrectly. It is important that treatment is administered safely and in a clean environment, in order to avoid an infection, injury, or even a life-long illness.
Some of the common Botox injury claims include:
- Loss of speech
- Eye drooping
- Frozen facial muscles
- Blurred vision
- Allergic reactions
- Permanent disfigurement
- Breathing difficulties
Some patients may suffer flu like symptoms and some discomfort after the procedure, but these are relatively temporary. It is important to note that it can take between three and five days for the results of the Botox treatment to become visible, and up to 2 weeks before its effects are felt.
Determine who is responsible for an injury you suffered is an important part of a Botox medical negligence process. In most cases, it is the practitioner who administers your treatment that is liable for any injuries sustained, if you can prove that they failed to provide reasonable level of care. A medical professional has a duty of care to prioritize the health and safety of the patience. Thus, it is their responsibility to ensure that patients, based on their medical history, are eligible for this procedure before it is carried out.
How Much Can I Claim for Botox Injury?
Some websites provide compensation calculators for patients who have sustained injuries during a Botox treatment. However, these calculators only give an estimate of the amount you could receive, and not an exact figure. This is because every case is unique, and a number of variables are considered for each medical negligence case.
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The table below shows the average compensation amounts for a number of injuries commonly sustained after a Botox treatment.
Botox Injury Compensation Claims Breakdown
|REASON FOR CLAIM||AVERAGE COMPENSATION AMOUNT||DESCRIPTION|
|Pain and suffering||£1,000-£200,000||The compensation value depends on the level of pain and suffering experienced by victim.|
|Loss of earnings||£5,000-500,000||The compensation value depends on the actual income lost. A claimant may receive higher than the average payout in some cases.|
|Loss of expected earnings||£10,000-£400,000||You can file claim for anticipated earnings which will depend on your future potentials.|
|Psychiatric damage||£1,170-£88,000||Depends on how much the injury impacted the psychology of the victim.|
|Eye injuries/loss of sight in one eye/total blindness||£3,000-£204,000||From minor injuries like splash from liquids to total loss of sight, there can be huge compensations for this damage.|
The payout will obviously depend on the affected area in which the Botox treatment was administered. However, as the table above shows, compensation claims can still be made for psychiatric or psychological damage. The table also shows that you can may still be entitled to make a claim for special damages related to lost income. In certain cases, the impact of special damages can be huge.
Proving Medical Negligence in Botox Injury
Botox injury compensation claim is not always as straightforward as other medical negligence claims. Here, the claim process considers two scenarios: the blatant negligent care with regards to administration and treatment and failure of the treatment company to deliver on certain promises made. This may also include the failure to explain certain allergic reactions and side effects that could arise prior to the procedure.
Due to the complex nature of this process, it would help you a great deal if you have proof of what was promised, as well as the treatment process and the warnings given by the practitioner prior to the procedure. Do not be discouraged by ridicule from misinformed persons if the treatment goes wrong. Once you have evidence relevant to the treatment, including photographs (where possible), injuries, and additional treatments required, you should contact a medical negligence solicitor to begin your claim for Botox injury compensation.