",tm:"wpp_1.0.0"};o.q=w[u],w[u]=new UET(o),w[u].push("pageLoad")},n=d.createElement(t),n.src=r,n.async=1,n.onload=n.onreadystatechange=function(){var s=this.readyState;s&&s!=="loaded"&&s!=="complete"||(f(),n.onload=n.onreadystatechange=null)},i=d.getElementsByTagName(t)[0],i.parentNode.insertBefore(n,i)})(window,document,"script","//bat.bing.com/bat.js","uetq");

Skin Treatment Claim

Have You Been Injured by a Skin Treatment…

The results from skin treatments such as chemical peels can be obvious and striking. If things go wrong the results can be highly destructive. Poor treatment can leave lasting scarring and unsightly pigmentation. The procedure essentially strips away the upper layers of the skin and in so doing removes sun damaged areas and fine lines, acne scars etc. It is this essentially destructive product that is at the heart of peel. It is the reason why a skin treatment claim is usually begun.

Firstly, it is essential that the beautician understands what the best and most suitable treatment is for you as a subject. This means that the correct type of chemical is used for your skin type. If not then side effects can manifest themselves as redness of the skin, allergic reactions, infections and even permanent scarring. 

How Do I Avoid a Poor Chemical Peel? 

The problem users of chemical peels and other treatments have to get over is that there is no registration of  technicians who are performing these treatments. That means that there is no National Guidance on standards or training. Essentially, it is impossible to know if the person you are entrusting with your appearance is a experienced and capable practitioner or a complete novice. An independent review into the regulations of cosmetic interventions has been commissioned by the Department of Health in England. It calls for the registration of people who are authorised to carry out these non-surgical procedures. For now though it would seem that you are very much on your own. Inevitably in such an environment, mistakes happen and serious injuries are inflicted. As with all such treatments it has to be remembered that the costs of the treatment may well be refunded promptly however, you are entitled to much more than this, you may for instance need future plastic surgery etc.  Call today to speak to a Solicitor specialist about your skin treatment claim.

  • Free Chat with a Fully Qualified Panel Medical Solicitor
  • Free Advice Session Regarding your Options
  • Free Claims Viability Assessment
  • No Win No Fee Claims
  • Tel 01904-914-989
  • Email Info@law-med.co.uk

Is it worth pursuing a skin treatment claim?

The answer of course is entirely dependent on the seriousness of the injury.

In recent years the Judicial Studies College, who publish guidelines for compensation amounts for judges have indicated that the differences between male and female scarring should be reduced and everyone should get the same amounts, however, in practice it is certainly the case that the courts are much more sympathetic to female scarring. In simple terms if the long term damage is minimal and scarring is “barely noticeable” then there is likely to be an award between £1000 – £2500.00. In cases where the scars are visible on “close inspection” then you can expect between £3000.00 and £10,000.00, where the scarring is visible at conversational distances then £13,000.00 – £22,000.00. Disfigurement that is permanent is likely to be in the £26, 000 – £36,000 and the most serious cases up to £75,000. Ultimately this is just for scarring and doesn’t cover corrective surgery, psychological harm. loss of earnings and other expenses. 

The skin is more than just a cover for our organs, it is an organ in its own right responsible for multiple processes to keep us healthy.

To discuss whether you have a skin treatment claim and if it is worth pursuing you will first, need to contact a Solicitor who specialises in medical claims. These actions are usually complex in that they involve a lot of technical argument and knowledge of the biological processes underlying the injury. They also require a detailed awareness of what might be necessary to put the injury right. This could include corrective surgery, or reversal procedures administered by a plastic surgeon or cosmetic consultant doctor. Time may of the essence with scarring claims and that means often you will require an expert opinion very early on. You should also consider taking a regular photograph (perhaps daily) so that the progress of the injury can be monitored. Keep any receipts you have and any that you gather as a result of the expenses you incur. Your Solicitor will guide you about expenses and any loss of earnings.  


No Win No Fee

Our Solicitor Members have a unique funding agreement and one that is industry beating….

Been Let Down through a Cosmetic Procedure…

It is fair to say that the beauty industry has undergone massive growth in the last 15 years with an annual turnover of close to £7 billion in income in the UK. Much of this income is generated from practitioners who have no qualifications and no or little experience in the industry. The situation is generally  improving towards regulating beauty therapists, beauty treatment establishments and businesses. However, it is also the case that there remains little in the way of a structure for that regulation or complaint. Many victims of bad treatment are therefore lost in the maze of what to do and often this leads to them trying to complain to the treatment centre often without any back up or real understanding of what they are entitled to. 

If you have been injured as a consequence of a treatment you could be entitled to bring a compensation claim. A solicitor will write to the clinic and get confirmation of the technical aspects of the claim, they will set out the complaint and ask for a preliminary disclosure of pertinent information such as the insurance company for the clinic and the status of the person performing the treatments. The clinic may at this stage make an early admission of breach of duty. 

The best beauty treatment can go horrendously wrong, the issue is not about a complaint its about damages and expenses, often it is about rectification by a plastic surgeon..

There are a great many solicitors out there offering no win no fee agreements.  You will see from our various pages, many of these agreements have hidden clauses. These tend to revolve around irrecoverable costs and insurance premiums. Not with our members though. We have a unique 20% deduction. This 20% applies only if you win and never anything more. If you lose, then there is nothing to pay at all. Nobody out there that we know of offers a better deal. 

  • Free Chat with a Fully Qualified Panel Medical Solicitor
  • Free Advice Session Regarding your Options
  • Free Claims Viability Assessment
  • No Win No Fee Claims
  • Tel 01904-914-989
  • Email Info@law-med.co.uk

Skin Conditions Subject to Cosmetic Treatments

Dermatitis describes a sort of skin irritation. Dermatitis is a common condition and it has many causes and also occurs in many forms. It typically involves itchy, dry skin or a rash on swollen, reddened skin. Or it may sometimes cause the skin to blister, crust or flake. Examples of this condition are atopic dermatitis (eczema), dandruff and contact dermatitis. Dermatitis isn’t contagious, but there is no doubt it is unsightly and irritiating it can make you feel uncomfortable and self-conscious. Moisturizing regularly it seems, does help control the symptoms however, only long term medicaiton can bring about a “cure” in many cases. Treatment may also include medicated ointments, creams and occaisionally specialist shampoos.

Atopic dermatitis (eczema) is a condition that makes your skin red and itchy. It’s common in children but can occur at any age. Atopic dermatitis is long lasting (chronic) and tends to flare periodically. It may be accompanied by asthma or hay fever as a sort of immune response. No cure has been found for atopic dermatitis.

Seborrheic dermatitis is a common skin condition that mainly affects your scalp. It causes scaly patches, red skin and stubborn dandruff. Seborrheic dermatitis can also affect oily areas of the body, such as the face, sides of the nose, eyebrows, ears, eyelids and chest. Seborrheic dermatitis may go away without treatment. Or you may need many repeated treatments before the symptoms go away. And they may return later. Daily cleansing with a gentle soap and shampoo can help reduce oiliness and dead skin buildup.

Irritant Cosmetic Dermatitis This is the most common skin disorder that can be caused by cosmetics. The most frequent complaint is a rash and facial itching. Types of cosmetics that may cause irritant contact dermatitis include:• Facial cleansers: these often contain surfactants that are necessary to clean the skin• Toners and astringents: these may contain alcohol or acids such as alpha-hydroxyacid (AHA), which can cause skin problems in some people• Facial treatment: this involves the use of manual manipulation and application of chemicals on the skin, often resulting in exfoliation of the upper skin surface. Mild irritation is inevitable, but severe skin inflammation like dermatitis can occur Excessive or inappropriate use of any of these skin care products and procedures can cause skin irritation, especially in individuals with sensitive skin or underlying skin diseases.

Allergic contact dermatitis, which occurs less frequently than irritant contact dermatitis. It is often difficult to differentiate between the two by the appearance of the rash alone. Cosmetics ingredients that can cause skin allergy include fragrances, preservatives and sunscreens.

Cosmetic Induced Acne or pimples can usually occur in patients who have a past history of adolescent pimples. Some cosmetics, typically those such as foundation and moisturisers which are left on the skin for a long period of time, can cause comedones (“blackheads” or “whiteheads”) and inflamed pimples to appear.  Patients with cosmetic-induced pimples are treated as for ordinary pimples, i.e. appropriate creams/gels with or without oral medication, depending on the severity.

Hair-dye allergy is one of the most common causes of cosmetic dermatitis in men and women. Some people are able to dye their hair initially without any problem, but may suddenly develop an allergy to the dye after repeated use. The face, ears and neck are often affected.  The substance in hair dye that often causes an allergy is para-phenylenediamine (PPD). It can be found in almost all brands of permanent hair dyes. Those who are allergic to PPD hair dyes must avoid all synthetic chemical hair dyes. The only suitable substitutes are henna, a vegetable dye, or metal pigment dyes. Sunscreens protect our skin from sun damage. However they can also cause skin problems. Besides being sold commercially as sun-blocking agents, they are also incorporated into numerous cosmetic products such as lipsticks and facial foundation. Sunscreens can cause irritant contact dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis and photoallergic contact dermatitis. Photoallergic dermatitis differs from allergic contact dermatitis, as the rash occurs only after the skin comes into direct exposure with the combination of the allergic substance and sunlight. 
All chemical sunscreens have the potential to cause photoallergic dermatitis. Physical sunscreens, which contain metal elements, such as titanium dioxide, do not cause this problem. Consult a dermatologist for a skin patch test if you suspect that you have sunscreen allergy. After the patch test, your dermatologist should be able to advise you on the type of sunscreen that you can use.

There are many solicitors out there offering no win no fee agreements. We have a unique 20% deduction agreement with our members. This 20% applies only if you win and never anything more. If you lose, then there is nothing to pay at all. Nobody out there that we know of offers a better deal. 

Nursing Negligence Example

Some examples of nursing negligence would be:

  • Failing to refer a patient who is suffering from an open wound or pressure sore that is not healing.
  • Failing to gaurd against pressure sores, ulcers and weeping wounds.
  • Failing to lift a patient safely leading to fractured bones which can go unnoticed or untreated
  • Keeping a patient on antibiotics for a urinary tract infection when the infection is not responding.
  • Not keeping a patient hydrated or not noticing that a patient is dehydrated or undernourished.
  • Administering the wrong medication or the wrong dose.
  • Not reffering a patient who is not responding to medication
  • Not taking a patients consent or ignoring a patients wishes
Nursing Negligence Consequences

The consequence of negligence for the patient is nearly always injury or harm, for the responsible nurse the consequences vary but could be:

  • The Nurse will likley have to be questioned and a statment taken by the Hospitals legal department.
  • The Nurse will likely have to given an account to thier manager or supervisor
  • They may face and investigation by the NHS Trust or the Hospital.
  • They may have to face an investigation by the Royal College of Nursing and Midwifery.
  • They may have no conseqeunces at all.

Ultimately much depends on the degree of negligence or harm that has been caused.

Nurse Negligence Wrongful Death



In terms of section 6(1)(a) of the Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths Inquiry (Scotland) Act 1976, the Sheriff found that Mr James McNeil (DOB 14th September 1935) died at 08:30 hours on the 22nd of October 2008 at Belhaven Hospital, Dunbar. The cause of death was (i) bronchopneumonia; (ii) pressure sores on back, ischemic heart disease, and dementia.In 1989, Mr McNeill was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and his condition eventually deteriorated in 2007. On 18th April 2008 Mr McNeill was admitted to Lennel House Nursing Home, Coldstream; Lennel House was a nursing home owned and operated by Guardian Care Homes (UK) Ltd. On admission to Lennel House an Admission Assessment Form was completed by the duty staff nurse. The assessment covered, inter alia, the risk of pressure sores; Mr McNeill was assessed as being at high risk of developing pressure sores.

On 19th May 2008 two blood blisters were noticed on Mr McNeill’s sacral cleft. These were the first manifestations of the early stages of pressure sores. In the course of the following days the blisters were treated with creams and dressings. However, the area of the wound, which was measured and recorded daily, increased. By 30th May 2008 the blisters measured 3 x 1.5cm and 1 x 1cm and were recorded as being necrotic and producing an odour, signs consistent with infection. By 9th June 2008 the measures put in place produced no improvement and the odour from the wound was now described as offensive. On 11th June 2008 the districtnurse visited Lennel House by prior arrangement. The wound now measured 13 x 4.5cm and was discharging thick yellow puss. A hole had appeared in the sacral cleft from which fluid leaked. The districtnurse arranged for Mr McNeill to be examined by a GP which examination was conducted on 12th June 2008. As a result of this examination the GP arranged for Mr McNeill to be admitted to the Borders General Hospital on 12th June 2008 in order to obtain a surgical opinion.

On 13th June 2008 surgical debridement of Mr McNeill’s pressure sore wound was carried out. The operating surgeon considered the wound to be serious and described the operation as a “planned emergency”. In his experience of having carried out 12 or so pressure sore debridements over the years, this was described as the worst which he had encountered.Mr McNeill remained at Borders General Hospital until 24th September 2008 when he was transferred to Roodlands Hospital, Haddington. On 20th October 2008 Mr McNeill was transferred to Belhaven Hospital in Dunbar. At about 06:00 hours on Wednesday 22nd October 2008 nurses attended on Mr McNeill to administer medication, including morphine sulphate, and prepare him for a bed bath. After about 30 minutes, when in course of being bathed, Mr McNeill’s condition deteriorated and he expired in the presence of nursing staff.

The Sheriff noted that from the evidence there could be little doubt that Mr McNeill’s care at Lennel House would have benefitted from better and more promptly implemented care plans and risk assessments; from being cared for by nursing staff who had the advantage of better managerial support; better induction procedures; better training especially in respect of pressure sores and the care of the elderly; better dissemination of information regarding policies and procedures; better access to specialist equipment; and from allocated time for communication as between staff on different shifts.

Focusing on Mr McNeill’s development of pressure sores, the risk of these developing would almost certainly have been reduced with earlier provision of special mattresses, cushions and organised and recorded positional changing. The Sheriff concluded from the evidence that the latest date when Lennel house nursing staff ought to have contacted the district nurse, or general practitioner, regarding Mr McNeill’s pressure sore would have been 4th June 2008. However, the Sheriff noted that in the interim period, key staff had changed at the nursing home and that following the death of Mr McNeill, procedures had been improved radically. For these reasons, the Sheriff considered it inappropriate to make any findings under the Act in terms of section 6(c) and (d).



In terms of section 6(1)(a) of the Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths Inquiry (Scotland) Act 1976, the sheriff found that Nasrullah Khalid died within cell B/17 at H M Prison, Terregles Street, Dumfries on 23 November 2009 between the hours of 3.15pm and 4.55pm. In terms of section 6(1)(b), the cause of death was (a) Ischaemic Heart Disease (b) Coronary Artery Thrombosis and (c) Coronary Artery atherosclorosis. A formal determination was made under section 6(1)(c).

Mr. Khalid had suffered from a heart condition since 1996 when he had had a heart attack. The symptoms of his condition were stable angina, hypertension and atherosclerosis. For the three years prior to his death the deceased exercised regularly in Dumfries Prison gym. There was no medical reason why Mr. Khalid should not have participated in the exercise regime.

At about 1.50pm on 23rd November 2009 Mr. Khalid attended the prison gym as usual. About five minutes before the end of his routine the deceased experienced nausea and pains in the centre of his chest. He was examined by the duty nurse who concluded that he had suffered an angina attack. He was returned to his cell at 3.15pm and advised to rest and take his angina medication. At about 4.55pm Mr. Khalid was discovered lying on his bed with his eyes open and with vomit on his face. Officers commenced CPR and continued to do so until paramedics arrived about ten to fifteen minutes later. They took over the attempts to resuscitate Mr. Khalid which continued for a further twelve minutes. Throughout the procedure there was no response from Mr. Khalid. He was pronounced dead when the prison doctor arrived at 5.45pm.


Under s.6(1)(c) the sheriff found that, in the examination of Mr. Khalid at the Prison gym, it should have been established if the chest pain of which he had complained had disappeared completely. In the absence of such a finding, the prison doctor should have been contacted and an ambulance called. However, to have done so would not have guaranteed Mr. Khalid’s survival. Nor would that survival have been a probability.

What is a community nurse?

Delivering care to the elderly, disabled and vulnerable patients who are unable to travel to a hospital or doctor’s surgery, community nurses are registered nurses who have undertaken degree level training as a specialist practitioner. This course focuses on four key aspects of nursing including clinical nursing, care and programme management, clinical practice development and clinical practice leadership.

Community nurse roles and responsibilities

A community nurse is responsible for performing many of the same duties as a district nurse. These include basic care (checking temperature, blood pressure and breathing), wound management, administering injections, setting up intravenous drips and assisting doctors with examinations and medical procedures. Community-based nurses are also able to provide vital information to clients, their families and carer/s, much in the same way as district nurses, while emergency support may also be required in cases when a patient is suffering cardiac arrest or a stroke. This demonstrates the many hats a community nurse must don in their line of care.

So what is the difference between community and district nurses?

In recent times, the terms district and community have become interchangeable as a way of describing areas of villages, towns and cities, meaning that there may be no difference between community and district nurses at all.

Useful Links

About Us

The Law Med Medical Panel is an unincorporated association its members are clinical negligence accredited specialists.

Get In Touch

  • info@law-med.co.uk
  • Tel 01904-914-989

Drop By

Blake House, York, YO1 8QG