Skilled Legal Advocacy For Victims Of Plastic Surgery Malpractice
Plastic surgery has become commonplace in the United States. Patients seek plastic surgery to enhance their appearance or repair the damage from a traumatic accident. Most of the time, the surgery succeeds and provides the desired results. However, as with any other type of surgery, there is always the chance that something can go wrong with the procedure, resulting in serious injury to the patient.
A negative outcome alone is not proof of medical malpractice. If, however, the problems were the result of negligence, the patient may be able to recover damages for the harm they suffered as a result of that negligence. Also, since health insurance typically does not cover purely cosmetic surgery, a patient whose surgery was performed negligently may suffer more significant damages in the form of out-of-pocket expenses and can attempt to reclaim these in a malpractice claim. Our firm, Kaire & Heffernan, PLLC, has helped many Miami-area clients seek compensation for harms inflicted by negligent medical providers.
Common Plastic Surgery Malpractice Scenarios
Some of the more common malpractice situations include the following:
- Allowing nonplastic surgeons to perform plastic surgery
- Exceeding the scope of the patient’s informed consent (performing extra, unauthorized procedures)
- Failing to take a full history of the patient
- Operating on the wrong part of the body
- Performing lengthy or complex plastic surgery procedures in private offices that are not equipped to address complications arising during the surgery
- Using nurse anesthetists instead of anesthesiologists to save costs
Florida law does not require plastic surgeons to guarantee results or provide perfect outcomes for surgery. However, it does require plastic surgeons to act reasonably. To prove that a plastic surgeon committed malpractice, a patient must prove that the surgeon’s conduct did not meet the standard of a reasonably prudent plastic surgeon under the same or similar circumstances. If the surgeon’s actions did not meet that standard of care and the patient is injured, the surgeon may be liable to the patient for damages.
Adverse Outcomes From Improperly Executed Plastic Surgery
Any kind of surgery, including plastic surgery, requires extensive and careful preparation, skillful execution, and proper supervision and monitoring of the patient after the surgery. If any of the medical professionals participating in the surgery fail to provide the patient with a reasonable level of care, the results can be devastating. Problems resulting from plastic surgery malpractice include:
- Adverse reaction to anesthesia or other medications
- Blood clots
- Permanent scarring and disfigurement
- Excessive bleeding or fluid buildup
- Heart attack or stroke
- Skin discoloration or other skin irregularities
- Sudden drooping or caving-in of the surgical site
A patient who is injured by plastic surgery malpractice may be entitled to receive monetary damages for current and future medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, scarring and disfigurement, and more. The family of a patient who dies as a result of a plastic surgeon’s malpractice may be entitled to compensation in a wrongful death claim for damages caused by the loss of their family member.
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