Many people choose to get plastic surgery to fix a physical feature they’re not happy with, while others undergo these procedures after an injury has left them disfigured. Regardless of the reason why you choose to get plastic surgery, you go into the operating room expecting a certain result. When you don’t get the result you expected, it could be because of an error made by the doctor during the surgery.
Plastic Surgery Medical Malpractice
Plastic surgery can include procedures such as breast augmentations, liposuction, tummy tucks, and rhinoplasty. No plastic surgeon can ever guarantee you will be able to get the exact look you want from a surgery, but you should never have to suffer from a surgeon’s mistake.
Each type of cosmetic procedure carries its own risks. For example, there is a possibility the patient will suffer nerve damage and skin discoloration during a botched facelift. However, some of the risks associated with plastic surgery in general include:
- Nerve damage
- Blood clotting
- Allergic reaction
- Drastic drop in blood pressure
To prove your medical malpractice claim, you will need to establish that there was a doctor-patient relationship between you and the surgeon who operated on you. Then, you will need to show that the surgeon did not operate with the level of skill or care that another doctor in his specialty would have under the same circumstances. Finally, you will have to be able to prove that you suffered an injury as a result of the doctor’s negligence, and that the injury could have been avoided if the doctor had not acted negligently.
It can be very difficult to prove all of these elements of a medical malpractice claim, but an experienced attorney will make it much easier to do so. An attorney can dig deep into your case to gather evidence and call upon expert witnesses to provide testimony that supports your claim. To discuss your legal options with a medical malpractice attorney, contact the Trial Lawyers for Justice today.
Compensation For Victims
If you have been injured during a plastic surgery procedure, you may be entitled to various types of compensation, including:
Economic damages cover any expenses that you have incurred as a result of the plastic surgery error. For example, if you had to undergo additional procedures to correct the error, economic damages would cover these medical expenses. Economic damages also cover lost wages. These are awarded when you have been forced to miss work because of your injury, and have therefore lost out on potential income.
Whereas medical expenses and lost wages can be verified through documentation, noneconomic damages cover losses that are not verifiable. Examples of noneconomic damages include pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.
In some cases, you will also be awarded punitive damages. These damages are only awarded in cases where the medical professional’s behavior was deemed to be incredibly negligent or reckless. They are awarded as a way to punish the medical professional and deter others from making the same mistake.
The amount and type of compensation awarded to plastic surgery error victims will vary on a case-by-case basis. To discuss whether you are entitled to compensation, contact the Trial Lawyers for Justice as soon as possible.
If You Are A Victim
If you believe your doctor made an error during your recent plastic surgery procedure, contact the attorneys at Trial Lawyers for Justice as soon as possible. Our attorneys have the legal knowledge and experience to help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Call 866-854-5529 to schedule a free consultation today.