Am I entitled to cosmetic surgery compensation?

Undergoing surgery is not a decision made lightly. Hours can be spent looking into the right cosmetic surgeon and after meeting with them to discuss our operation, we should feel confident in our upcoming procedure. Knowing we are in the hands of someone who has performed hundreds of similar surgeries is one of the main reasons we go ahead with cosmetic improvements.

Surgery is something many seek to improve health and confidence and to end suffering. But occasionally operations can go wrong and temporary discomfort turns into long-term pain. It is then we deserve the answers and compensation we are entitled to.

Before we agree to undergo a procedure, the risks should be fully explained to us by the surgeon. They should also advise on rehabilitation and recovery times.

But if we feel errors have been made, including things not being thoroughly explained and procedures not going to plan, we may be entitled to money and assurances to right those wrongs.

Marlow Braide’s experienced legal team can seek the answers and compensation you deserve if a medical professional has made a mistake. We can discover whether you do have a claim and if so, do all in our power to ensure justice is done.

By allowing us to pursue your claim we can stop any similar future mistakes being made, which could save others from going through the same trauma.

We have a wealth of experience and knowledge when it comes to genuine procedure claims. Our team will be there for you every step of the way and will quickly be able to advise whether or not you have a case.

Even if you are reluctant to receive compensation for a disappointing surgery, take action to stop anyone else going through the same trauma.

Three reasons to consider a personal injury claim

If you are recovering from an accident or personal injury, dealing with solicitors is probably not at the top of your to do list. We understand if this is the case, but we believe that if somebody else was to blame, it is important for you to come forward to claim compensation. Below are a few of the reasons why.

1. Financial difficulties

An accident that wasn’t your fault can have far-reaching consequences. In many cases individuals are left unable to work, leading to financial difficulties and a large helping of stress and anxiety. A compensation pay out can help minimise any financial worries, and can even help towards the cost of any home adaptations which may be necessary as a result of your injuries. For example, it could help cover the cost of ramps or hand rails in your home.

2. Personal implications

Some injuries can leave you unable to drive or to leave your house without assistance. This sudden loss of independence and freedom can have a detrimental impact on an individual’s mental well-being. We believe it is only fair that you should be reimbursed for the negative impact the accident has had on your life.

3. It may stop it from happening again

If nobody draws attention to the object or person that caused the injury, then nothing changes and numberless individuals could suffer the same ordeal you have already been through. When brave individuals like yourself stand up to be counted, there is pressure on the guilty party to change their ways to ensure the same accident doesn’t happen again. By claiming compensation you may be preventing another innocent victim from going through the ordeal you have already endured.

Our specialists are dedicated to making the claims process as straightforward as it can be. Speak to our team today to find out more.

Returning faulty goods – your legal rights

It might be an unwanted gift but that does not give any return rights. However, if the gift you have received or the gift you have bought for someone else does not work or is faulty in some other way – or if it simply does not match up to its marketing boasts, then there could well be a case for its return and a refund, or at least a like-for-like exchange.

Most retailers do not hesitate in keeping customers happy but there are a few who will argue the point or refuse point blank to make good any problem.

Of course, the customer has to be certain that the product really does have a problem or present a problem, but if that customer is you and you are satisfied that you are right, then there is no reason why you should be fobbed off with something you don’t want or that is of no earthly use to you.

So what course of action is open to you?

Well, the local Trading Standards office might be able to help. They are quite quick to look at problems such as yours. However, you might feel that you are making a fuss when you should just accept the loss.

That is, perhaps, where we come in.

There is no way you should accept a loss because of someone else’ negligence. As far making a fuss, well we can do that on your behalf, whether the problem involved a pop-up toaster, a car, a holiday or just about anything else for which you or someone you know has handed over money.

Even better news is that by letting us do all the hard work, it might not personally cost you anything.

Don’t leave it too late. Get in touch with us now.

Winter staff sickness – what does the law say?

It’s that time of year when the weather can start to have an impact on the wellbeing and health of staff.

Winter cold and cough season is upon us, and it can definitely affect attendance at work. And for anyone who has an underlying, on-going medical condition, the seasonal changes can make matters worse.

But what does the law say about staff absence through sickness?

The Fit Note

Back in April 2010, the Fit Note was launched to help staff get back to work as soon as they could.

One issue has been how willing GPs would be to sign off people as ready to return to work after illness, and even how able they would be to do this, given they are not occupational health practitioners.

Reports say that increasingly GPs are using the option ‘may be fit for work’, however, while bigger employers can always seek advice from occupational health practitioners.

The Fit for Work service

For smaller firms, the Fit for Work service is a voluntary, UK-wide scheme that may be more appropriate in supporting staff who have been on a long-term absence through sickness.

Staff members must agree to be referred, have been off work for at least a month and have a realistic chance of being able to go back. The service offers a 45-minute phone assessment with a suitably qualified health professional – details can be found at

What should employers do?

1. Have a clear policy in place and make everyone aware of it and apply it consistently and fairly
2. Monitor staff absences properly
3. Interview staff when they get back
4. Consider reasonable adjustments requested for anyone who may struggle more in the winter

Talk to us at Marlow Braide if you need further advice, especially if you feel badly treated by an employer who hasn’t followed the procedures outlined above.

Are you entitled to make a compensation claim?

If you’ve been involved in an accident, be it on the roads, in a public place or while at work, it can be an extremely difficult time for you.

You might be forced to take time away from work, you might have a lengthy recovery period ahead of you and the likelihood is that you could be left in pain and suffering as a result of your injuries.

When faced with these circumstances, many people choose to seek a claim for compensation. With over 15 years’ experience, Marlow Braide can help you get the justice you deserve. However, in order to be able to legally seek a claim for compensation, you’ll need to show the following:


Compensation is only available to you if the accident in question wasn’t your fault. Therefore, we have to demonstrate that the actions of a third party were responsible for the accident. That person doesn’t need to have acted maliciously, as we’re proving the action, rather than the intent, in this case. Therefore, if you were in a road traffic accident where the person behind you failed to stop, their fault can be shown clearly.


We also need evidence of your injuries. In many cases, the doctor or medical professional who treated you will be able to attest to the level of your injuries, their severity and the likely prognosis for your future health. They can confirm if you’re likely to need ongoing treatment, assistance or are likely to suffer chronic pain as a result. Not only are these factors important in proving your case, but they can also alter the amount of compensation you would be awarded if successful.

Time limits

In most circumstances, you have three years from the date of your accident to seek a claim. There are some exceptions to this, and our highly qualified and knowledgeable staff can advise you accordingly.

Industrial deafness, disease and injury in Stockport

Stockport has a proud industrial heritage. From the world’s first mechanised silk factory in the 18th century, to contributing to a major turning point in history in the 19th century – with the cotton manufacturing of the industrial revolution. Stockport was also the centre of the hatting trade, and by 1884 was exporting six million hats a year.

Employers of machine production workers have a strict duty to provide a safe environment for all of their employees, and there are very strict guidelines that have to be adhered to at all times.

Nearly a quarter of a million workers in the United Kingdom suffer from hearing problems after working in noisy conditions. The two most common ailments are industrial deafness and tinnitus. Both of these can either develop over years or come upon suddenly after a major trauma.

Industrial disease can also have permanent effects, and get worse over time. And like industrial deafness, you could be feeling the consequences, or developing the side effects and symptoms, even if you are no longer working. Frequent industrial disease claims include damage to the lungs from exposure to asbestos, or from inhalation of dust from coal mines, factories, foundries or quarries. Working with aniline dyes and chemicals can cause bladder problems, and asthma can be triggered from both chemicals and dust. Handling wood saws, drills and other vibrating tools can cause hand and arm injuries, and skin irritations, cancer and dermatitis can be caused from irritant fumes or chemical contact.

Here at Marlow Braide, we have a team of specialist medical experts who can not only evaluate as early as possible whether you can make a claim for maximum compensation, but will also aid and assist you in your recovery, and help you cope with the losses or medical condition brought upon by industrial deafness or disease. We can organise specialist medical treatment and equipment for you, and help get your life back on track.

If you are in need of support and advice, contact us today with the email contact form, or call us on 0161 474 0628.

Personal Injury Solicitors in Stockport

Working the best deal in a personal injury case

It is not easy coping with an accident that has occurred. Be it on the road, at your workplace or anywhere. If you are an innocent victim, then the damage can be emotional as well. Everyone in the family gets wrapped up in the whole affair of looking after the injured, dealing with doctors and policemen and also emotionally dealing with it all. What normally ends up taking a backseat is approaching a personal injury lawyer who can help you out.

Personal injury is not necessary restricted to vehicular accident. It can be an accident at work, it could be the result of negligence on the floor of a manufacturing unit. It also need not be related to physical injury alone. If you have lost a job, been wrongfully blamed and even imprisoned, then chances are you have a strong case of personal injury that you can file. As a victim, you are entitled to a compensation. But this is something that is decided by a court of law and you need to have solid representation.

Personal injury solicitors Stockport are plenty. What you will need to do is find one who identifies with your case and will help you build a strong one. When you are looking for the right kind of lawyer, be sure to check their qualifications and also their experience in your kind of case. This gives them a better grounding and also they will be able to anticipate what may come up in your case. Solicitors can work with large firms or can work independently. Either way you can learn about them online. They often have portfolios and even video representation of themselves. This will help you decide if you will be comfortable with them.

The reason you need expert lawyers is because the law is constantly evolving and they are best able to apply the law to your case. The law is also convoluted at times and it may be difficult for you to comprehend it in the right manner.

It is essential that you approach a lawyer as soon as you can. The details of the incident will be fresh in your mind and you will be able to get the necessary paperwork together rather fast. There is also what is known as the statute of limits on certain cases and approaching a lawyer soon will ensure that you are within the stipulated time frame.