Hair transplant negligence claims solicitors.
By the time men are into their early 30’s, there is a 25% chance that they will suffer from male pattern baldness. The older we get, the more chance there is of going bald and by the age of 50, 50% of men have noticeable hair loss. The way we feel about how we look can have an enormous impact on our confidence, and when carried out by a skilled surgeon, a hair transplant operation can have dramatic results, and most people are very happy to regain a full head of hair. But what about when the hair transplant goes wrong? Negligence is not the sole cause of all failed hair transplants, and often, unsuccessful treatment occurs despite the surgeon doing everything correctly, including having the appropriate knowledge, and using state of the art machinery. If you have had a hair transplant in the last three years, and negligence is involved, then contact MG Legal’s specialist negligence solicitors, for an honest, no obligation chat, about how we can assist you to claim compensation for your negligent hair transplant.
Can I claim personal injury compensation from a botched hair transplant?
Yes, you can make a claim for personal injury if you have suffered as a result of a hair transplant gone wrong. If the injury you sustained was in the last 3 years, and was caused as a result of the negligent work carried out by the trichologist, or another member of the hair treatment clinic, and the negligent treatment has caused you to suffer personal injury, or illness, then you should be able to make a claim for personal injury compensation, on an no win no fee basis. Get in touch with one of our friendly team, for a no obligation discussion about how we can help you your claim for hair transplant compensation.
What is a hair transplant negligence claim?
A hair transplant is slightly more complicated than the cosmetic surgery industry would have you believe. Firstly, there are two types of hair transplant surgery to choose from:: Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), and your hair transplant surgeon should advise you which is the most suitable for you. The first thing your surgeon should do is to ascertain the extent of, and reason for your hair loss, as a hair transplant is only suitable for people with permanent baldness, the type that runs in families, and not for those suffering from stress-related hair loss, illness, hormonal imbalance, or alopecia areata. If the surgeon carrying out your hair transplant surgery has not confirmed your history with you, and advised if the surgery is suitable for you, and if, so, which type of transplant is most suitable for you, then you may be able to bring a claim for negligence if you have suffered injury or illness, as a result of the surgeon’s poor, or non-existent advice.
As with any surgical procedure, a hair transplant comes with risks. Before the operation takes, place, any reputable surgeon will take details of your medical history, and advise you, so that you can make an informed consent to the hair transplant procedure, of the most commonly occurring risks associated with a transplant, such as
swelling of the scalp, both from where the hair has been extracted, and implanted
bruising around the face, including forehead and eyes
crusting of the scalp around the areas of the extraction, and transplanted hair
numbness or lack of sensation on the treated areas of the scalp.
Lack of sensation on the forehead
Many of the risks you will be informed of, prior to the transplant procedure taking place and associated with hair transplant surgery, are unavoidable. Many patients are asked to sign a consent form before the transplant procedure takes place, so that the surgeon can protect themselves from any claim for compensation, arising out of injuries, including bleeding, and infection, that are often part and parcel of the hair transplant procedure. However, this does not give the surgeon cart blanche to carry out negligent treatment, and hand out negligent advice to their hair transplant patients; so while some risks associated with the procedure are unavoidable, there are some issues that can arise due to negligence on the part of the surgeon. Common complications can include:
Too many scars around the area from where the hair has been removed
keloid scars (thick, raised fibrous scarring) around the donor site and transplant site
Taking hair follicles from part of the scalp where there is insufficient hair
Improperly implanted grafts
Hair grafts implanted in the wrong place
Lack of advice enabling fully informed consent to be given
Examples of hair transplant failure caused by negligence that our personal injury experts have won our injured clients personal injury compensation for, include some of the following:
• Bald patches
• Swelling and rashes
In the cases listed above, the surgeon, their employees, or other employees at the hair transplant clinic had offered a service or advice to MG Legal’s clients that has been poor enough, or with such little information of risk given to our clients, that the service offered was deemed negligent, and as our clients had been injured, MG Legal’s dedicated personal injury solicitors assisted our injured clients to obtain personal injury compensation.
How much compensation will I receive?
Any personal injury solicitor, barrister, and even county court judge are guided by, what is presently the 15th Edition of the Judicial Studies Board Guidelines when it comes to valuing an claim for personal injury. The guidelines given by the Judicial Studies Board, are just that- guidelines, and they roughly advise what a claim for personal injury is worth, on a rather generic basis. In relation to damages for a negligent hair transplant, the following awards are the most common:
Where the worst effects of the scars caused by your negligent hair transplant surgery would be reduced by plastic surgery, but some, rather obvious scarring remains, and you are not just physically injured, by continue to suffer psychological effects, then the award for damages alone, including the 10% uplift, is between £8,550 and £28,240.
Less significant scarring
Sometimes the surgeon’s negligence may leave only a few scars, or one scar that is capable of being camouflaged, and the scarring does not markedly affect the appearance and the psychological distress is no more than that of an ordinarily sensitive young person, then, for the personal injury aspect of your claim alone, and not including special damages, such as loss of earnings, medical expenses, and travel costs, would be in the region of £3,710 and £12,900.
MG legal do not just accept instruction from clients who have been seriously injured- we also accept instruction from clients who have suffered trivial scarring resulting from negligent hair transplant operations, and the compensation for trivial scarring to the head or face, is between £1,600 and £3,310. If you think you should make a claim, or would like to discuss if you have grounds to make a personal injury claim for trivial scarring, then one of our team will be more than happy to talk to you, if you contact our offices.
Other than scarring, damage to hair, sometimes resulting in baldness, can occur as a result of negligent hair transplant surgery.
Damage to hair
If the hair transplant operation is carried out negligently, and damage is caused to hair where the effects are dermatitis, eczema, or tingling or burning of the scalp, leading to hair falling out, psychological distress, embarrassment, loss of confidence in work life and your social life, and where the prospect of hair regrowth is slow, then damages, for the personal injury aspect alone, are valued between £6,890 and £10,340. If the psychological distress is, quite understandably, significant, then the compensatory award would certainly exceed the sums stated. We ask our injured clients to remember that the figures stated are mere guidelines, and MG Legal’s expert negligence solicitors give each of our clients the attention and care they deserved, enabling us to obtain the most personal injury compensation possible. Claims for loss of earnings, medical expenses, camouflage treatment, and hair loss reparation surgery would be added to the compensation award. If you have suffered an injury as a result of negligent hair transplant treatment, then please feel free to contact our offices, for a no obligation chat about your no win no fee compensation claim.
How long do I have to make a claim if my hair transplant went wrong?
If your hair transplant has caused you to suffer personal injury, or psychological distress, then you have three years from the date of the injury, or the date upon which you became aware that the injury you suffered was as a result of a negligently carried out hair transplant procedure. It would be rare for anyone under the age of 18 to pursue a claim for a personal injury arising out of a negligent hair transplant procedure. However, for those under 18 years old at time of the injury, in that minors have three years from their 18th birthday within which to make a personal injury claim. Time limits may differ if you are acting on behalf of someone with limited mental capacity, if you are acting as guardian or subject a lasting power of attorney. If you have any questions or queries, then please do not hesitate to contact one of MG Legal’s personal injury experts, for a friendly, informative, no obligation chat.
Can I make a claim for negligence on a no win no fee basis?
Yes. If your claim is accepted by our personal injury solicitors, then we will work on your compensation claim subject to a no win no fee retainer. We believe that access to justice should not entail up-front costs, legal jargon, and confusing conversations with fussy solicitors who don’t live in the real world. We always like to speak to our clients before we accept any instruction, then we can walk them through the claims process, and ensure they have our trust before we proceed with matters. Our solicitors have been working in all aspects on no win no fee personal injury negligence claims for a total of 30 years, and we like our clients to know, that their claim is in very safe hands.
What duty of care does a hair transplant surgeon artist owe you?
When undergoing a hair transplant procedure, you should always expect to receive professional treatment and care from the specialist providing your treatment.
Not many solicitors practising in personal injury use the Sale and Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982 to bring a claim hair transplant negligence claim for their clients. However, the Sale and Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982, can support a personal injury claim where substandard products or services cause physical injury.
The Act should be used more often, as, subject to the terms of the Act, any trade person or professional supplying work, services or products for money must be of a satisfactory quality and fit for purpose. Additionally, the person performing the work must do so with reasonable care and skill. So, If the person providing the product or service falls short of these standards, you may be able to make a personal injury claim for the injuries you suffer as a result.
The Sale of Goods and Supply of Services Act can be used in conjunction with two legal “tests” which generally establish if a practitioner has been negligent of not. The first is the Bolam test, from a High Court case of Bolam v Friern. This case set the standard for practitioners of any kind of medicine that “the medical professional must demonstrate that they acted in a way that a responsible body of medical professionals in the same field would regard as acceptable or reasonable” Quite simply, if most medical professionals would not have acted in certain ways, those ways are most likely negligent.
There is also an issue of Consent, in that you must be given reasonable advice of the risks and benefits of a procedure before undergoing it. If this is not done properly in advance of the procedure, then even a reasonable consequence can be the result of negligence. This standard was set in the Supreme Court in the case of Montgomery v Lanarkshire.
Why choose MG Legal for my compensation claim against a hair transplant surgeon?
In an increasingly competitive world of lawyers and accident management claims companies, all competing for work, MG Legal have taken a step back. After 6 years of training to be solicitors, followed by 15 years of non-stop winning personal injury compensation for our injured clients, we are the utmost professional in all things personal injury, and receive all of our clients through word of mouth. We do not advertise on daytime TV, because we do not need to. At any one time our personal injury team keep the number of personal injury clients we have, to a minimum, so that we can offer all of our clients the best possible legal service, and win them the most compensation possible. If you have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, and want to discuss your claim for personal injury, then you will speak to the same solicitor throughout your claim. We only employ solicitors specialising in personal injury to act on your behalf, and believe in offering a service that we would want to receive ourselves. At MG Legal, each solicitor takes a personal interest in each case and we have a dedicated department dealing with personal injury claims.
We believe that our confidence in our own ability is demonstrated by the fact that every personal injury claim we accept is on the basis of a Conditional Fee Agreement, also known as a no win no fee agreement, which means that if we do not succeed for our client, we do not get paid for our work.