Plastic Surgery Errors and Claims
Plastic surgery is extremely popular in American culture today, with millions of women and men going under the knife to regain a more youthful look or otherwise enhance and improve their appearance. It is estimated that there are nearly two million cosmetic surgeries performed each year in the United States and another nine million minimally invasive procedures done. When a cosmetic surgery goes bad, the results can be embarrassing, traumatic or even life-threatening. Plastic surgery can leave a person with a lifetime of pain or complications. Loss of work, chronic pain and emotional problems are just some of the issues a victim may face. Some of the more severe problems can lead to the need of expensive and extensive corrective surgeries or even death. Survivors of victims who died may face a loss of financial support as well as medical and funeral bills for wrongful deaths claims from plastic surgery gone wrong.
The general risks for anyt cosmetic procedure includes:
- infection of surgical area
- allergic reaction or other complications from anesthesia
- hematoma or blood clotting under the skin
- unsightly scarring
- drop in blood pressure
- necrosis (insufficient supply of oxygen causing death of tissue)
- nerve damage
- death due to severe complications
Cosmetic surgeons can be sued for malpractice like any other medical doctor, but the elective nature of plastic surgery makes it more difficult to bring legal claims successfully. In a plastic surgery lawsuit, in order to be successful you must show that the doctor and their staff breached some sort of standard care. Whether a cosmetic or a reconstructive surgery, problems arise during facial reconstructions, breast augmentations, forehead brow-lift surgeries and tummy tucks. One thing we have noticed that clients always ask is why these cases are becoming so prevalent. It’s a big business, and they cost a lot of money. Unfortunately, many of the individuals that are performing these surgeries aren't fully trained or fully experienced in performing these types of procedures.
To successfully sue for medical malpractice, you must be able to show:
- the existence of a doctor/patient relationship
- that the surgeon failed to act with the level of skill and care
- that you suffered injuries as a result of that failure
- the damages were caused by the breach of duty or negligence
If you or a loved one is a victim of bad plastic surgery, contact a medical malpractice attorney specializing in botched plastic surgery to discuss the details of your case. If you have had bad plastic surgery, talk to a medical malpractice attorney about your legal claim.