Our medical malpractice lawyers represent plastic and cosmetic surgery patients who have been harmed during or after the procedure. While there are never any guarantees for a perfect outcome, the results are often well below the accepted standards and expectations.
Many patients feel that their surgery was “botched” and that the results are far below the representations that were made to them by the doctor. Other patients suffer serious complications during and after the surgery, like blood clots, compartment syndrome, and nerve damage.
Just because you may have signed a waiver or “understanding of risks form before your surgery does not mean that you gave up all of your legal rights to sue a negligent surgeon.
Most Common Cosmetic Surgery Treatments
Plastic and reconstructive surgery procedures are on the rise every year in the United States. There were 17.7 million cosmetic procedures and 1.8 million cosmetic surgical procedures in 2018. Over 15.9 cosmetic minimally-invasive procedures were performed the same year.
The most common surgical procedures include:
- Blepharoplasty (surgery of the eyelids)
- Facial scar revision
- Forehead lifts
- Breast enhancements and augmentation, including implants
- Liposuction and tummy tucks
- Hair replacement
- Laser surgery
- Mentoplasty (surgery of the chin)
- Otoplasty (surgery of the ears)
- Rhinoplasty (surgery of the nose)
- Rhytidectomy (surgery of the face)
- Eyelid surgery
- Lip augmentation
- Skin resurfacing
- Botox treatment
- Cool body sculpting
- Laser hair removal and treatment of veins
Plastic Surgery Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
To pursue a medical malpractice claim for harm caused during a cosmetic surgery procedure, it must be proven that the surgeon failed to act as a reasonably prudent surgeon would do in the same or similar circumstances. This is essentially the definition of medical negligence and applies to lawsuits relating to elective procedures, both surgical and minimally invasive.
Simply being disappointed with the result does not necessarily provide the basis for suing a plastic surgeon. Rather, the injury or damage caused must be beyond what is reasonably expected or likely from the procedure. In many cases, the patient is disfigured due to the negligent performance of the procedure.
In addition to a poor appearing outcome, many patients suffer serious medical conditions either caused by the surgery itself or due to the lack of proper care or monitoring postoperatively. As many surgeries are performed in surgical centers and even in hospitals, the facility may also be liable for the injuries in addition to the surgeon.
Lawsuits seek compensation for pain and suffering, disfigurement, psychological harm, lost wages, and medical expenses. In cases involving death, the surviving family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit against all potentially negligent parties.
Contact Our Experienced Medical Malpractice Firm
If you or someone that you care about was the victim of plastic surgery malpractice, call our top-rated team of attorneys now to discuss your case. We do not charge any legal fees unless you receive a settlement and we pay all of the case costs. There are strict time deadlines for filing cases so it is important that you call us immediately to schedule a FREE consultation.
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