Are you dissatisfied with the results of your hair transplant? Claims National can provide you with free help and advice when it comes to claiming compensation for the negligent procedure.
An inexperienced surgeon or poor aftercare can cause you many issues with your procedure. You may find that you suffer from scarring or infection. Occasionally the transplanted hair doesn’t take root and grow.
In order to complete a hair transplant procedure, your surgeon will apply a local anaesthetic before removing a section of your scalp with hair on, and create hundreds of ‘grafts’. These are then inserted into areas of the patient’s head which have no, or little hair. Transplants can also take place in order to make the hair fuller, which would mean inserting these grafts into the areas of the head with thinning hair. Hair transplant surgeries can last between three-eight hours, depending on the size of the graft. Before, during, and after your surgery, your surgeon is obliged to follow their duty of care standards, and therefore they must do the following:
- Thoroughly cleanse your scalp, before the local anaesthetic is applied.
- A clean, disinfected scalpel is used to remove the scalp.
- Once the scalp is sewn shut, it is immediately concealed by the hair surrounding it to prevent the risk of injury and infection.
- Clean the area which the hair grafts will be placed, before using a local anaesthetic to numb this area.
- Ensure that all equipment used is disinfected, and cleaned thoroughly before use.
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Complications that can occur due to the negligence of your surgeon include slow, or poor re-growth of hair, and/or excessive scarring around the donor area.
Your surgeon must also make you aware of the surgical risks that are associated with this particular procedure. These risks can vary in severity, and depend on the circumstances of your procedure.
The most common problem associated with hair transplants are due to the use of local anaesthetics, which could be due to the negligence of your surgeon. Local anaesthetics could cause problems including:
- Excessive bleeding
- Nerve injury
- Ischemic necrosis
Negligent hair transplants can have devastating effects, and can affect the victim physically, mentally, emotionally and financially. Experiencing a negligent hair transplant can leave the victim feeling self conscious, embarrassed, and could cause many different anxiety disorders resulting from low self esteem due to their negligent hair transplant. Injuries and pain can also be caused by faulty hair transplants, which could require medical assistance and treatment, adding to the stress of your situation. Furthermore, you may need to undergo an additional treatment procedure in order to amend the wrong doings made by your initial surgeon. This can be very expensive, and therefore, making a claim for compensation may be able to help you get yourself back on track.
Making a claim for compensation requires adequate evidence that your injuries and/or problems are a result of a negligent hair transplant procedure. The amount of compensation you receive will depend on the severity of the affects you have experienced, any loss of earnings, time off work, and any additional treatments you may require. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required, and therefore this will also be considered when deciding upon a sum for the compensation you will receive.
It is important that you understand that a hair transplant is a surgical operation with many side effects and risks, and therefore, the decision should not be made lightly. It is significant that you spend a lot of time evaluating your situation and the additional options you have, before deciding upon undergoing a hair transplant. As with all cosmetic surgeries, you must consult your GP prior to going ahead with the hair transplant surgery, who will advise you about the possible outcomes of the surgery, the potential risks to your health and appearance, and both the positive and negative impacts of taking the surgery.