How we can help
We understand this can leave you feeling physically and emotionally drained. We are here to help.
At Howells we are here for clients who have had a range of cosmetic procedures, such as breast enlargement or reduction, nose shaping, tummy tucks, gastric bands, laser skin resurfacing, laser eye surgery, cosmetic dentistry or suffered the affects of the surgery.
If you feel that you may have a claim for compensation then get in touch today. We know that many people are hesitant about contacting a solicitor but we’re just regular people with a particular expertise – and we’re on your side.
Besides, an initial call costs nothing and our Medical Negligence team will listen sympathetically before advising on your options and recommended next steps.
Why choose us?
We will advise on the merits of every claim brought to us and regardless of its size, complexity or impact, we’ll give each one the care and attention it deserves.
We appreciate that worry about costs can be a barrier to getting professional help – don’t let it stop you. If we believe you have a claim, then we can potentially pursue it via one of a number of funding options or fee arrangements such as ‘no win, no fee’.
If you choose us to look after your claim, we will look after you, as here at Howells we are committed to:
• earning the maximum possible compensation settlement for clients
• helping establish adequate ‘provision for life’ in terms of on-going specialist care, housing, support and welfare
• removing any fear, worry or mystery about the legal process and communicating regularly, openly and sensitively
• remaining a strong, staunch and tireless advocate for your rights
Make a claim
Q. How long do I have to make a claim?
A. A claim must be made within 3 years of the wrongful surgery or the date that you know or suspected that you have suffered as a result of the procedure.If a relative has passed away as a result of the negligence treatment a claim must be brought within 3 years of the date of death, if the death was caused by the negligent treatment.Where a claim is brought on behalf of a child the 3 year limitation starts to run from the child’s 18th birthday.If the Claimant is a patient who is assessed as not being capable of handling their own claim the time limit (limitation period) does not begin until the legal incapacity is removed.
Q. How badly wrong do things have to go to bring a claim?
A. Usually, a claim can be made if there has been an injury, caused additional pain and suffering or resulted in a further procedure. But get in touch regardless as a member of our team will be able to advise you free of charge whether you are likely to have a claim or not.
Q. Can you help me if more than one hospital was involved?
A. It is often the case that patients are seen by more than one expert or more than one hospital. Claims can be brought against more than one defendant.
Q. Can you still help if the treatment was private?
A. We can assist with claims for both private and NHS patients.
Q. If I live out of Sheffield can you still help me?
A. We pride ourselves on the fact we have four established offices in three towns/cities, which we are able to travel to meet with you. We also have the use of video-link, email and the telephone if this is your preferred method of communication. Distance is not a barrier.
For more questions on the process of making a claim see FAQs.