While plastic surgery has been gaining in popularity and many now consider it a simple procedure, the truth is that it is often just as complex as any other medical procedure or surgery, which means just as many things can go wrong.
When mistakes happen under the scalpel you risk serious injury and disfigurement. If you have suffered or know a loved one who has as a result of plastic surgery malpractice, you may be eligible for compensation. Our malpractice attorneys can help you:
- Ensure your needs are not ignored
- Pursue maximum compensation recovery under the law
- Ensure you are treated with the dignity & respect you deserve
Plastic surgery covers a large number of cosmetic procedures that are meant to make the face and body more aesthetically pleasing. It can also be used to provide enhancements to the body or to correct some physical problems in cases of disfigurement or disability. Though it is known as plastic surgery, there is rarely any use of plastic involved, the term means to mold or shape the face or body.
Cosmetic procedures include but are not limited to:
- Reconstructive surgery that is used to correct birth defects or repair damage caused by accidents
- Skin grafts used to close burn wounds
- Breast implants
- Lifts, tucks, botox, or other implants
- Liposuction procedures
Any type of surgery comes with risks and plastic surgery is not exempt from this fact.
It is the surgeon’s responsibility to inform a patient about possible risks related to the procedure being performed. Many procedures come with typical risks such as infections, bleeding, scarring and allergic reactions.
No matter how small the risk, the surgeon is responsible for informing the patient that the risk exists so that an informed decision on whether or not to go ahead with the surgery can be made by the patient. If you were not adequately warned of the risks, you may be entitled to compensation for your sufferings.
Different procedures have specific complications that are commonly encountered. Even with a large number of potential complications many willfully choose to go 'under the knife'. Potential risks that patients may face include:
- Physical disfigurement
- Medication errors
- Anesthesia overdose
- Removal of excessive tissue
- Not enough tissue removed
- Nerve damage
- Blood vessel damage
- Drooping eyelids
- Inability to close eyes
- Inability to raise eyebrows
- Inability to show facial expressions
- One side of the face/body does not match the other side (Asymmetry)
- Skin burns
- Inadequate post-operative management
- Blood clots in the lungs
- Nipple disfigurement in breast reconstruction
- Breast implants of the wrong size
Any surgical procedure can be a delicate undertaking, especially when the facial structures are involved. With the fact that anesthesia is often involved, there are always risk of injury when during a procedure is performed. Some of the most common causes of injuries during cosmetic surgery:
- Human error such as operating on the wrong body part or not sterilizing equipment properly
- Doctor incompetence
- Incisions that reopen after surgery as the body tries to adjust to the changes (Drastic weight loss or weight gain can contribute to re-openings)
- Leaks of synthetic substances from injected compounds
- Complications from original injuries
Plastic surgery medical malpractice is typically proven by showing negligence on the part of the medical practitioner. To prove negligence, the following three things must be established:
- There was a duty on the part of the physician to care for the patient
- The physician breached the duty of care
- The patient's injuries were caused by the breach of care
As medical practitioners, your surgeonhas a duty to care for you as a patient in accordance with accepted standards. Proving it was the surgeon's acts which caused an injury to the patient can be difficult.
However, in some cases, such as when the wrong body part is operated on, establishing negligence can be much easier.
Much depends on the specific details of your situation, if you suffered or feel you were mistreated by your surgeon, we recommend you share the details of your case immediately with our malpractice attorneys.Review My Case Now
Any time you are able to prove negligence resulted in your suffering, you may be entitled to recover damages for your injuries.
Damages may include medical bills, prescription medication costs, and additional procedures to correct the initial errors, as well as compensation money for pain and suffering.
You may be able to receive compensation for lost wages, for future medical bills, and for physical and emotional suffering.
Additionally, some cases result in punitive damages if criminal or malicious intent can be proven, in which the defendent is assessed a 'punishment' amount in order to provide further incentive that the mistakes are never made again.Review My Case Now
A doctor performing cosmetic surgery without the proper training and education, violates your sacred trust, and can cause devastating injuries you will face for the rest of your life. Cosmetic or not, you deserve a competent medical team, a skilled surgeon, and a team that takes your health seriously.
If you were mistreated, or you suffered resulting from negligence, inattention or downright incompetence, our attorneys are standing-by to ensure your needs are not ignored.
Experienced in medical malpractice lawsuits, our lawyers will fight on your behalf and guarantee you are treated with the dignity & respect you deserve. Don't be bullied into silence, if you have been mistreated, join us and help ensure it doesn't happen to someone else.
If you qualify there are no up front costs to you, if we don't win your case, you don't pay. Share the details of your situation today, and get your free legal case review to find out if you have a winning case.