Botox Injury Claims – How Much Compensation Can I Claim?

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If you have suffered a botox injury and believe it was due to negligence, then you may be eligible to make a botox injury claim.

Beauty and treatment injury compensation claims are something we are seeing more and more of. Not necessarily because the treatments are dangerous in any way, in fact the majority are deemed fairly safe if carried out correctly and by a properly trained professional, but more due to the fact that these types of treatments, in particular botox, are becoming more and more common among both women and men. One of the main reasons people have botox is to combat the signs of aging by reducing the effects of fine lines and wrinkles, and tightening the skin.

As with any cosmetic treatment, there is a risk of a botox treatment going wrong even when it is carried out correctly and with care. However, if you have had a botox treatment and sustained a botox injury, and it was due to negligence, then you may be able to claim compensation for botox treatment injuries. Legal Helpline is a team of personal injury claim solicitors that have many years of experience and could help you to make a botox negligence claim.

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Botox compensation claims guide

People who undergo a cosmetic treatment such as botox, are generally doing it to make themselves feel happier with their appearance and so better in themselves. Their self-esteem will be increased having an overall positive effect on their mental well-being. For something to go wrong with their botox treatment can leave them feeling very distressed, unhappy and potentially in a lot of pain and discomfort.

All cosmetic treatments come with a risk of something going wrong, regardless of how careful the practitioner may be and anyone intending to have a botox treatment should firstly carefully consider the pros and cons of receiving the treatment, and should also be made aware of any risks during a pre-treatment consultation with the practitioner. To then go on and have the treatment and something go wrong despite you and the practitioner doing things right can be tough to deal with, but if you suffered a botox injury that wasn’t your fault, but was due to the negligence of the practitioner or clinic where you had the treatment, it can be even harder to cope with.

If you have been the victim of botox negligence, have a read through this guide that has been written to give lots of useful information regarding botox claims. The guide contains information such as, is botox safe? Common botox treatment injuries, what can be claimed for, how to start your claim, what compensation award may you receive, and much more. If you’d then like to discuss your individual case in more detail with cosmetic surgery solicitors, just call Legal Helpline for further assistance.

What is botox and what is it used for?

Botox is a substance called Botulinum toxin and has been used for cosmetic treatments for over 50 years, although it has actually been known about for over 100 years. To start with, in earlier years, in order to treat cervical dystonia, botox was used. It was also used to treat a condition called bletharospasm where people are unable to move their eyelids in certain ways, and also a condition called strabismus which is more commonly known as a ‘lazy’ eye.

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However, more recently, in 2002 it was realised that botox was very useful in improving the frown lines that often appear in between people’s eyes, and it also started to become an increasingly popular cosmetic treatment. In recent years, botox has proved useful for a number of different cosmetic treatments, for example, in 2004 it was approved as a good choice of treatment for hyperhidrosis which is where there is excess sweating. And in 2010, it was also approved as a treatment for migraines.

When researching botox on the internet, you may often come across numerous myths and misleading information about the use of botox. One of the most common myths is that botox is able to cause facial muscles to become paralysed. However, this may only happen if the practitioner performing the treatments injects too much botox into the face, therefore proving that it is so important to research and choose a reputable cosmetic treatment practitioner to ensure the treatment is carried out properly and therefore lessen the likelihood of things going wrong and the need to make a botox injury claim.

Common botox treatments

Originally when botox was becoming a popular cosmetic treatment, it was mainly women having the procedures. However, more recently, more and more men are now also opting for the treatment to lessen the signs of aging. There has also been an increase in people only in their 20’s having botox treatments to combat the signs of aging before they’ve even had chance to start. So as can be seen, with millions of procedures being performed each year around the world, botox is a very popular treatment.

The most common areas in which people have botox, and common reasons are:

  • Forehead – combats frown lines.
  • Around the eyes – combats crows feet.
  • Around the mouth – combats smokers lines
  • Mouth corners
  • Marionette lines
  • Neck bands or cords
  • Above the eyes – combats sagging eyebrows

Regardless of where you have botox injected, if the practitioner has been negligent and injured you as a result, we can help you to get the compensation you deserve.

What risks do botox injections involve?

As with any cosmetic procedure, there are a number of risks when having a botox treatment that could occur, some more common than others. Some of the risks are:

  • Developing symptoms similar to flu.
  • Eyelids feeling heavy after having botox.
  • Some bruising in the area where the botox has been injected.
  • Facial features may develop some weakness and temporarily drooping.
  • Although rare, breathing difficulties.
  • Again, although rare, blurred or double vision.

If you have suffered from any unwanted side effects after having botox and you believe it is due to negligence, call Legal Helpline for expert advice.

Who can perform botox treatments?

Botox is administered via injections and should only be given by a fully trained medical professional. The botox is injected into the muscle which, the appropriately trained practitioner, be it a nurse, doctor or other healthcare professional, will have placed carefully in order to give the best possible results. Botox is not a permanent fix and clients are advised to return for further treatments every few months. Sometimes the botox is injected into more than one area depending on the type of condition that is being treated.

When considering botox complaints and looking at botox side effects pictures, it’s very probable that they exist because someone who is not sufficiently trained has carried out the procedure from start to finish, or taken over from a trained professional to finish the service. Although even trained professionals can make errors, they are much more likely to occur if an untrained member of staff performs the procedure, and so it is really very important when having any botox treatment, that you make sure you know who is going to do the procedure and that they are properly trained to do so.

Common injuries from botox

Already considered relatively safe, as already mentioned, there are still risks that things could go wrong and the client sustains an injury. Some of the most common botox injuries are:

  • Paralysis of the facial muscles.
  • An allergic reaction.
  • Psychological affects due to unhappiness and emotional distress.
  • Blurred or double vision.
  • Facial disfigurement.
  • Not being able to talk properly.

If you have been the victim of botox injection side effects due to negligence and have sustained a botox injury, contact Legal Helpline for help and advice.

Action you can take following a botched botox treatment

If you have sustained a botox injury and it can be proven that the practitioner was to blame, then you will be eligible to make a compensation claim. In order to make a successful claim, you need to gather as much evidence as possible that supports your claim and shows who is liable. You should try to do as many of the following as you can:

  • Medical Report – Seek medical attention, not only is this important for your health and to make sure you receive appropriate treatment for your injury, but also the medical report written can be used as evidence of your injury and it’s severity, treatment required and future treatments and prognosis. Your settlement amount will depend upon the type and severity of your injury.
  • Photos – Take photographs of your injury and provide a recent before photo too to show a comparison. The photos will give visual proof of your pain and suffering.
  • Witnessess – If there are any witnesses to your botched treatment, take down their contact details as a witness statement may be needed which can be really beneficial in building a strong case.
  • Expenses – Any expenses incurred that are as a direct result of your botox injury, such as travel costs, prescription fees, medical fees, counselling fees, or childcare costs for example, can be included in your claim so be sure to keep any receipts.

I’m not happy with a botox treatment, can I claim compensation?

So can you sue for bad botox? If it is due to botox negligence, then yes you can. If you have suffered side effects of botox on forehead, or sustained a head injury following botox, or any other injury and it is proven that you were not to blame but was due to negligence, then you will have a legitimate reason to make a claim. However, if the practitioner had done everything correctly and it was just that you were unhappy with the results, then you would not be able to make a claim.

Botox compensation calculator

When making a botox injury compensation claim, there are a number of things that you can include in your claim, which then along with the severity of the injury itself, make up the final settlement amount. The things you can include are:

  • General Damages – These cover the physical and psychological aspects of your claim and represent the pain and suffering you have indured.
  • Medical Expenses – Any extra costs incurred as a direct result of your injury can be included.
  • Travel Expenses – Any extra costs incurred as a direct result of your injury can be included.
  • Care Claim – If you have needed help around the home whilst you recover, the person helping you can also file a claim.
  • Loss of Earnings – Any wages that you have lost or future wages you may potentially lose due to your injury can be included.

Due to the nature of all of these variables that make up the final settlement amount, it can be seen that all compensation claims are individual and unique depending on the victim and their personal circumstances, therefore, it would be impossible to give anyone asking what they may receive, an exact answer. However, we can show average amounts that may be awarded for particular injuries.

Reason for CompensationAverage Amount GivenComments
Mental AnguishUp to £4,100Fear of possible near death and reduced expectation of life.
Loss Earnings£10,000 - £500,000The final amount will depend on the claimant’s paygrade.
Pain and suffering£10,000 - £500,000The amount awarded will reflect the severity of the pain and suffering experienced with the most severe getting the higher amount.
Facial scarring, Moderate - Severe£15,750 - £85,340The higher amount will be awarded to the most severe scarring. In this category, scarring is very significant and the level of mental anguish and distress will be very high. Higher amounts are often awarded to younger claimants as the distress is usually more severe.
Facial scarring, Minor -Moderate£1,500 - £26,380Where moderate scarring can be reduced with plastic surgery although still fairly significant and noticeable. Minor scarring is more trivial and can be disguised with make-up. Mental distress will be more significant the worse the scarring is.
Severe Psychological Damage£484,080 - £101,470Where the claimant’s ability to cope with life and everyday situations is very low. Relationships with family and friends may also suffer.
Moderately Severe Psychological Damage£16,720 - £48,080The level of mental distress may affect the claimant’s ability to return to work and they will have low self-esteem and confidence.
Moderate Psychological Damage£5,130 - £16,720Prognosis is looking better due to some improvement in mood and confidence.
Less Severe Psychological Damage£1,350 - £5,130The claimant will be a lot better, but the award amount will depend on how long they suffered for and how long improvements in mood etc took and will also depend on the future prognosis.
Minor injuriesUp to £600Full recovery expected after 7 days
Minor injuries£600 - £1,200Full recovery expected after 28 days
Minor injuries£1,200 - £2,150Full recovery expected after 3 months

If you cannot see you particular injury listed, don’t worry, just call Legal Helpline and they will be able to assist you.

Botox no win no fee claims

At Legal Helpline, we offer a no win no fee service for botox injury claims. We do this as we know how high legal fees can be if representation is needed over several months, and no-one should be put off from claiming the compensation they are entitled to just because their current finances may not be able to support it. With no win no fee, there are no fees to pay if we lose your case, but if we win, the fees will only be payable once your settlement has been decided and we simply take the payment as a small percentage (maximum of 25%) of your claim award.

By making a claim using our no win no fee service, you don’t need to worry about mounting legal fees, you don’t need to worry about paying a ‘pay by the hour’ solicitor only for them to lose your case and leave you with nothing, there is no gamble. If we lose, you pay nothing, if we win, our fees will come out of the settlement amount, not out of your pocket.

Starting a claim for botox compensation

If you have suffered a botox injury and want to claim compensation, just call us at Legal Helpline and we can take it from there.

When you call, you will be offered a free, no obligation consultancy session where you can ask any questions that you may have, and we can gather all the facts from you about your case. Once we know all about your case, we can give you the right advice to make sure you have the best possible chance of being awarded the maximum compensation amount. If you’d like us to represent you, we can get started straight away, gathering as much evidence as we can to start building you a strong case.

If you haven’t managed to see a medical professional about your injury yet, we can also arrange this for you at a medical centre local to you free of charge if needed.

How Legal Helpline can help you claim compensation

The solicitors at Legal Helpline have been dealing with cosmetic surgery complaints UK for a number of years now and have a wealth of expertise and experience in the personal injury claims industry. We have a fantastic track record for successful compensation claims, often securing the maximum amount of compensation possible for our clients.

Once we have taken on a case, we work hard behind the scenes to build as strong a case as possible, gathering lots of evidence and facts that support our client’s allegations of negligence. We are a caring, reliable and friendly team that strive to get the best outcome for our clients at all times.

We work quickly and efficiently to get you the compensation you deserve as soon as we can, keeping you informed every step of the way.

Call Legal Helpline to start a botox injury claim today

To make your no win no fee botox injury claim, just call Legal Helpline on 0161 696 9685 today. Your call will be answered by a member of our team who will endeavor to answer any questions you may have about the whole claiming process and will advise you as best they can.

Useful resources and links

Beauty treatment claims

Legal Helpline guide to general beauty treatment claims and compensation.

NHS

This is the NHS guide on botox injections and has lots of very useful information that anyone considering botox treatment should know.

HSE

Here is some information from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on health and safety in the beauty sector.

BAAPS

This is the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons website where you will find lots of general and useful information regarding plastic and cosmetic surgery and procedures.