Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery Injury Lawsuits
Cosmetic surgery is any procedure performed for the purpose of altering or reconstructing your appearance. Cosmetic surgery is a growing medical industry in the United States. The most popular surgical procedures include: liposuction, breast augmentation, eyelid surgery, adominoplasty, and breast reduction. The most common non-surgical procedures are Botox injections, hyaluronic acid injections, laser hair removal, micodermabrasion and laser skin resurfacing.
There has been an increase in ill-equipped medical doctors and other health care professionals performing procedures which they may not be qualified to perform. If you have had a cosmetic procedure that has resulted in a medical error or if your doctor was negligent in the medical surgery or follow-up medical care a plastic surgery or cosmetic surgery attorney familiar with medical malpractice laws can help file your personal injury claim.
Proving Cosmetic Surgery Malpractice
If you feel you have been injured due to professional malpractice and negligence you must prove Breach of the standard of care, Causation, and damages. Did the doctor make a mistake that a reasonable doctor under the same circumstances would not have made? To prove this you may need the testimony of another doctor or good expert witness. Did the mistake the doctor make cause injury to you? This means you have to prove that if the doctor had not made the mistake then you would not have been injured. And how much damage did you suffer as a result of the injury? This could include lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering or death. Testimony from an economist might be needed to assess the full amount of damages.
Plastic Surgery Mistakes
There are a wide variety of mistakes which can occur during a plastic surgery procedure. Mistakes can occur due to outdated techniques, poorly trained doctors, bad judgment, or inexperienced physicians. Facial plastic surgery mistakes might range from a minor unnatural appearance to a more serious partial or full paralysis caused by nerve damage.
Implant mistakes might include implant leaks, disproportioned breast, or asymmetry in the breast appearance. Other procedures can cause complications such as numbness, excessive scarring, disfigurement, infection, internal bleeding or even death. Even if the mistake is not easily visible there might be an emotional or psychological trauma from the damage.
Even if the procedure is performed correctly there can also be additional complications from the anesthesia. Some patients have severe reaction from general anesthesia which might include: nerve damage, stroke, abnormal heart beat, blood clots and heart attack.
To reduce your chance of suffering a medical error find a physician who is fully accredited and certified in the field of cosmetic surgery which you are considering. Find out if the doctor will repair any problems you encounter free of charge. Discuss your surgeon's track record and reputation. Ask for referrals and find out how many procedures your doctor has performed.
Preventing and Avoiding Plastic Surgery Errors
In order to avoid additional injury after surgery it is important to follow all of the physician's instructions for rest and recuperation. Physician's instructions might include:
- Getting adequate rest and avoiding designated activities
- Changing bandages and wound dressing to prevent infection
- Taking all prescribed pain medication accurately
- Avoid lifting heavy objects
- Avoid smoking
- Avoid alcohol consumption
- Attending all follow-up appointments
The final results of surgery may not be evident for up to 6 months to a year after the surgical procedure. If you have found that the doctor has been negligent in the cosmetic surgery procedure or in any of the follow-up care, consult with a cosmetic surgery lawyer to determine the steps you need to take to get the medical attention you need.
Do You Need a Plastic Surgery Attorney to Help with a Lawsuit?
Due to the growing popularity of elective cosmetic surgery procedures there has been an increase in medical malpractice. Unfortunately, there are many individuals who perform surgical or non-surgical procedures who are under qualified. Medical malpractice can occur in any procedure or during the follow-up care after surgery. Plastic surgery is voluntary, but this does not mean you have to forfeit your right to qualified and competent care from your doctor.
It is important to understand the statute of limitations for your claim. You may have a valid claim but if you wait to file the statute of limitations may expire. In general, you may have up to two years after the malpractice occurred, but there may be variations for your state or injury. A cosmetic surgery attorney can help calculate the statute of limitations for your case.
Plastic surgery mistakes can leave a patient with lifelong injuries. The patient might experience disfigurement, loss of employment, chronic pain or other difficulties. If the patient dies the family will experience additional pain and loss. A competent plastic surgery lawyer can help gather evidence, get expert testimony and calculate an adequate compensation amount for you or your family and help you file your personal injury case.