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Cosmetic Surgery Malpractice

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Cosmetic surgery is already a nerve-racking experience. You are choosing to alter your appearance for a variety of personal reasons, and are trusting that the permanent results will be handled by a doctor who knows the practice, the procedure, and your needs. Plastic surgery can be for aesthetic wants and needs, but it is often deemed medically necessary for the health of a patient. Rhinoplasties for people with breathing problems and jaw surgeries to enable better function for eating and speaking are some common examples of procedures that insurance usually doesn't cover, or have to be fought for.

These surgeries are meant to better the patient's quality of life. Surgeons have a duty to help their patients, but sometimes do not meet the standard of care that they should. The Law Firm of Joseph F. Brown, MD, JD, PLLC - Physician and Attorney at Law is dedicated to holding providers accountable. Contact us for a free case evaluation today.

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What is cosmetic surgery?

Cosmetic surgery is an umbrella category for surgical practices that affect outward appearances. They can have aesthetic or medical value, or both. Frequently performed procedures include facial and skin rejuvenation, breast augmentations and cheek or body contouring via liposuction and lifts. All of these procedures should seem relatively routine to an experienced surgeon, but are sadly still subject to error.

It is important to note that dissatisfaction with the result does not in itself constitute malpractice or negligence on the doctor's behalf, but if a procedure has directly caused a patient harm, the patient may be subject to compensation. Any error in cosmetic surgery can result in loss of mobility or an extended recovery time that is ultimately unnecessary. Errors often arise from several situations:

  • Performing the wrong procedure or operating on the wrong part of the body
  • Failing to examine or thoroughly evaluate patient history
  • Operating without patient informed consent
  • Making anesthesia errors

What are the complications from malpractice?

The most common complications that arise from cosmetic surgery malpractice include, but are not limited to:

  • Disfigurement
  • Scarring
  • Anesthesia complications
  • Infection
  • Necrosis, or tissue death from oxygen deprivation
  • Nerve damage, possibly resulting in loss of mobility
  • Edema
  • Death from complications

Whether you had cosmetic surgery for personal or medical reasons, you shouldn't be subject to bias when attempting to recover compensation. These complications are severe and can impair a patient's ability to live a normal life.  An experienced medical malpractice lawyer can help.

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Injuries sustained by patients can be severe or even fatal, such as brain or spinal injuries. Disabilities may arise from the after-effects of surgical malpractice, along with other complications that can cause long term pain, emotional distress and disfigurement among others. Some scarring may impair bodily function, a botched rhinoplasty may result in a patient losing the ability to breathe properly, and unnecessary surgeries can completely ruin the quality of life of the patient they were needlessly performed on. Loss of wages, medical bills, and diminished future earning capacity are all possible circumstances that should be compensated for.

If you think you or a loved one has been a victim of a surgical error, you need legal counsel. Contact attorney Joseph F. Brown today to have your case evaluated free of charge.

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