Cosmetic Surgery Injury Attorney
It isn’t unusual for someone to undergo cosmetic surgery to improve a specific aspect of their appearance. This is usually voluntary and based on personal reasons; however, it is necessary for some. Accidents can leave unsightly scars that need correcting. Cosmetic surgeons are trusted to produce positive results, but what happens when mistakes are made? An error on the surgeon’s end is not always enough for a lawsuit. Still, if you can prove your cosmetic surgery injury was caused by negligence or medical malpractice, you may be eligible for compensation.
What is Plastic Surgery?
Plastic surgery is used to reconstruct a particular part of the body or repair any damage that might have happened to it. While plastic surgeons can be trained in cosmetic surgery, their main focus will be reconstructive surgery. Examples of plastic surgery:
- Cleft lip repair
- Hand repair surgery
- Burn repair and scar revision surgery
- Breast reduction surgery (to help ease chronic neck and back pain)
- Trauma surgery
What is Cosmetic Surgery?
The aim of cosmetic surgery is nearly always to make your appearance better. That’s why it’s also called aesthetic surgery. It is elective surgery, meaning that it’s done by choice. Examples of cosmetic surgery:
- Liposuction (removing fat from the body)
- Tummy tuck
- Face, neck, or brow lift
- Hair transplant
- Nose surgery (called “rhinoplasty”)
What are the Most Common Cosmetic Surgery Injuries?
As with any surgery, there are plenty of risks involved. Your risk factors increase with various health or age-related factors, making plastic surgery injuries or cosmetic surgery injuries more likely. Here are some examples of more common risks:
- Numbness or “tingling sensations”
- Nerve damage
- Pulmonary thrombosis
- Organ damage
- “Skin Breakdown,” where the healing skin separates from the regular, healthy skin
It’s important to do research on the surgeon you decide to go with. As they often specialize in a specific type of surgery, it’s best to stick with someone who has plenty of experience. Make sure your surgeon of choice is board certified and does not have any current malpractice lawsuits.
How do I Know if a Cosmetic Surgery Injury is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice is what happens when a cosmetic or plastic surgeon fails to keep up with the standards that the board has decided on. If the failure to meet those standards has then resulted in harm or disfigurement, that’s when it becomes medical malpractice.
While not all plastic surgery injuries are the result of medical malpractice, some common reasons they occur are:
- Failure to confirm medical history — your surgeon needs to be aware of any allergies you may have, any medications you take, any past procedures you might have undergone, and any medical problems, both current and past. If they do not acquire this information, they could jeopardize the surgery and put your life at risk.
- Failure to get your informed consent — your surgeon is supposed to inform you of all the risks and obtain your acknowledgment in writing.
- Surgical mistakes — if your doctor messes up the surgery, operates on the wrong part of your body, fails to administer the correct amount of anesthesia, or even leaves a tool in your body, those are examples of surgical mistakes.
Any of these cosmetic surgery mistakes could also lead to the following complications:
- Nerve and tissue damage
- Swelling, bruising, and infections
- Skin discoloration and skin breakdown
- Excessive bleeding
- Scarring and disfigurement
What Compensation Can I Receive from a Cosmetic Surgery Injury?
If it is determined that medical malpractice played a significant role in your plastic surgery injury or cosmetic surgery injury, you may be able to file a claim for compensation for pain and suffering, loss of income from disfigurement or disability, medical bills, and other damages.
To find out precisely how much your claim may be worth, you need to speak with an experienced medical malpractice attorney. Medical malpractice lawsuits can be difficult to win as they involve complicated processes for gathering evidence. As time goes by, that evidence may be diminished, so you should not hesitate any longer.
How Should I File a Cosmetic Surgery Injury Lawsuit?
If you believe that you have been the victim of medical malpractice, your first step should be to reach out to an experienced medical lawyer. An experienced lawyer will be able to guide you through exactly what steps to take. It’s always highly advised to keep copies of any bills and other expenses related to the surgery.
That way, you can be sure you get compensated fairly. Medical malpractice should not go unpunished. We urge you to contact the team at Darrigo & Diaz if you believe you may be the victim of a cosmetic surgery injury. Time is of the essence to seek compensation for your injuries. Contact us at (813) 774-3341 for a complimentary, no-obligation consultation right over the phone. You can also contact us online with any questions you have.