Laser treatment has become increasingly popular over the last few years and now has a variety of uses. You can have laser treatment on your hair, eyes, to remove scars and stretch marks and for skin resurfacing.
When laser treatment is not properly carried out it can cause scarring, burns and other injuries. If this happens to you, then you may be able to make a laser surgery injury compensation claim.
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Laser surgery consists of a high-powered beam of light, known as intense pulsed light (IPL) being concentrated on the area to be treated. Laser surgery should only be carried out by an experienced or qualified professional (although, somewhat remarkably, this treatment can be performed by anyone, ever since the government deregulated the cosmetic use of laser and IPL equipment in 2010).
Some laser treatments can leave the treated area sensitive or red for days after the treatment. There are different frequencies that each type of laser works best at, depending on the area it is being used on and the desired results. Your doctor should inform you of the risks before you have anything done. Sometimes however the settings of the laser equipment are fixed too high, causing injury. Some of the common issues that can arise are:
Laser eye surgery is not always guaranteed to work and in some cases you may be left short-sighted. The procedure involves reshaping the cornea which corrects any focusing issues that you have. The cornea is like a transparent window at the front of your eye and can be easily damaged or scarred.
Currently in the UK, there are no formal regulations on who can carry out non-surgical laser treatments such as hair removal and wrinkle treatment. There are also no regulations as to where the laser treatment has to be carried out. Some local authorities require that the premises must be licensed.
All doctors who perform laser eye surgery should be registered with the General Medical Council as a legal requirement.
The Royal College of Ophthalmologists recommends that doctors who carry out eye surgery should have undergone additional specialist training although, this is not a legal requirement.
High intense laser beams are aimed near the base of the hair follicle to prevent or slow down the growth. It is paramount that the correct type of laser be used on your skin with the correct frequency setting. A patch test is usually carried out around 6-8 weeks before any treatment takes place. This is not always the case as the procedure can be carried out anywhere, although some local authorities require that the premises have a license.
If you are in unnecessary pain or suffering as a result of your laser treatment then you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation. You can also claim for any financial losses that you have incurred as a result of your pain and suffering.
Spencers Solicitors specialise in laser treatment injury compensation claims. We have a team of leading specialist personal injury lawyers who have carried out many successful laser injury compensation claims on behalf of clients who have been subjected to negligent laser surgery. Due to the personal nature of some of the treatments we have both male and female lawyers that can visit you in your home if necessary.
Call us on 08000 93 00 94 or complete an Online Claim Enquiry and we'll call you back. Cases are normally dealt with under a no win no fee arrangement, so if your laser treatment case doesn't succeed you won't pay for our work.