Injured During Cosmetic Surgery?
Work with Our Fort Lauderdale Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Cosmetic surgery is almost always elective surgery designed to improve
appearance. However, it is still surgery and can result in serious and
life-altering health consequences. There are several issues that arise
frequently with cosmetic surgery, including:
Many plastic surgeons operate in their office and perform complicated procedures
that require patients to be under the influence of general anesthesia
for several hours at a time.
If an emergency arises, they are often ill-equipped to address it, especially if they are not near a hospital. Also, many plastic surgeons
use nurse anesthetists instead of doctor anesthesiologists to save money.
During a complicated procedure, it is a nurse who manages a patient's
breathing, circulation, and airway.
Another current trend is for non-plastic surgeons to perform plastic surgery
Obstetricians and other non-surgeons are taking weekend courses in liposuction
and advertising themselves as experts. Optometrists are offering cosmetic procedures. The result is inexperienced
doctors venturing out of their expertise and frequently causing undesirable results.
Problems also frequently arise when patients have co-morbidities (other
serious health issues, like diabetes, high blood pressure, or some other
disease processes). We, unfortunately, see too many cases where the
plastic surgeon risked the patient's life by placing them under general
anesthesia and performing invasive procedures.
If you or someone you loved suffered from preventable complications during
contact Kelley/Uustal. Our medical malpractice team is here to help you file a claim or lawsuit
Seek Compensation for Injuries and Death from Cosmetic Surgery Errors
Nerve damage and disfigurement are devastating results of cosmetic surgeries
gone badly. Still, the most tragic cosmetic surgery cases involve death
and brain damage. Cosmetic surgery is both an art and science, and there
is never a guarantee that a patient will be satisfied with his or her
cosmetic result (within reason). However, no patient assumes the risk
of going to a plastic surgeon to make their breasts or nose look better and
losing their life or sustaining a brain injury as a result.
Example of a plastic surgery case handled by
our attorneys at Kelley/Uustal: A woman who went to a plastic surgeon for a tummy-tuck was overweight
and had high-blood pressure, but the surgeon convinced her to have the
operation in his office anyway. During the procedure, her blood pressure
was allowed to go dangerously low, and she arrested. The surgeons were
unable to resuscitate her and she died. A
$2.2 million recovery was made on behalf of the woman's husband and children.
If you suspect that you or someone you love has been hurt due to the negligence
of a healthcare provider, contact us. We are experienced in handling cosmetic
surgery cases and are here to answer your questions during a