Philadelphia Plastic Surgery Errors Lawyers
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there are about 14.6 million cosmetic procedures performed in the U.S. every year. Many people associate plastic surgery with celebrities or the very wealthy, but the reality is that cosmetic procedures are performed on people of all income levels. Cosmetic surgeries are also used to correct birth defects, increase function, and improve a patient’s quality of life.
Although plastic surgeries are generally elective, low-risk procedures, they are still surgeries. No surgery is entirely without risk, and cosmetic surgeries pose the same risks as any other low-risk operation. When mistakes happen, patients deserve the same care and consideration as any other type of patient.
At LawMD, our Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers understand these cases, as many of our attorneys are doctors themselves. We have built our careers around a desire to help people who have been hurt by medical mistakes.
Cosmetic Surgery Malpractice
Plastic surgery errors can result in devastating and long-term health complications. Common plastic surgery mistakes include:
Infection. Symptoms of surgical site infection include swelling, tenderness, high body temperature, low body temperature, and suppuration. A lack of proper patient follow-up can cause a serious infection to go undiagnosed, leading to potentially life-threatening complications. Certain infections, such as MRSA and necrotizing fasciitis (flesh-eating bacteria) can result in amputations, permanent organ damage, and even death.
Deformities. In most cases, a cosmetic surgery patient can’t bring a medical malpractice lawsuit simply because he or she is unsatisfied with the result of the procedure. There is a difference between a doctor’s negligence and a doctor’s failure to meet the patient’s expectations. However, when a doctor’s mistake results in deformity, a loss of function, or health complications, the patient likely has a claim for damages.
Anesthesia errors. Many cosmetic procedures are performed in surgery centers or freestanding clinics. Within the past decade, there has also been a shift toward allowing nurse anesthetists to administer anesthesia and monitor patients during low-risk surgeries. Catastrophic complications are rare, but they are terrifying when they happen – and they do happen. Outpatient surgery centers may not have the equipment or personnel to perform life-saving procedures. Furthermore, nurse anesthetists are not medical doctors. They don’t have the same training as anesthesiologists, and they are not always equipped to take the rapid steps necessary to prevent serious complications.
Cosmetic surgery patients have also suffered other complications, including blood clots, loss of sensation, nerve damage, scarring, and muscle damage.
The Plastic Surgery Error Cases We Handle
Cosmetic procedures are not confined to nose jobs (rhinoplasties) and breast augmentations, although these are two of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed in the United States. The field of cosmetic surgery has expanded to include numerous procedures, including minimally-invasive procedures like Botox, chemical peels, and other in-office treatments.
As these procedures have become more routine, many people forget that they are still medical procedures with real risks and the potential for serious complications. Patients have been injected with toxic substances and harmed by unqualified physicians. In other cases, patients have been injured by individuals without proper medical training or qualifications.
Get the Care and Help You Deserve. Philadelphia Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Most people seek out plastic surgeons because they want to improve their self-esteem or correct an issue that has bothered them for some time. The last thing they expect is to emerge from surgery with a serious health problem or permanent disfigurement.
The plastic surgery malpractice lawyers at LawMD offer free consultations to individuals who have been harmed by cosmetic surgery errors. You can get in touch with us by phone, email, or our online contact form. Call 888-MY-LAWMD ( 888-695-2963 ).