Is a Botched Cosmetic Surgery Procedure Medical Malpractice?

People choose to undergo cosmetic surgery for many reasons, whether to improve self-confidence, or fix an aesthetic issue that may sometimes have resulted from an accident, etc.  Cosmetic surgery is extremely popular.  In fact, over fifteen million cosmetic surgeries were performed in 2014.  While the majority of procedures run smoothly, occasionally, a doctor can be negligent in performing their duties.  Procedures that are not performed properly can arise in severe injury, disfigurement, or even death.

Some types of injuries that may be the result of cosmetic surgery procedures gone awry include:

  • Complications arising due to anesthesia
  • Nerve damage
  • Bruising and blood clots
  • Infections
  • Internal organ damage
  • Blood loss
  • Dissatisfaction with the results
  • Death

It is important to do thorough research and make sure that the doctor you choose is qualified to perform the procedure and has experience doing so.  While some procedures may be riskier than others, it is wise to make sure that even if you are only having a minor procedure done, the doctor you choose has the proper experience and credentials.  While the results of a surgical procedure are never guaranteed, if the doctor’s care fell below the accepted standard of care in the field, you may be able to bring a claim for medical malpractice.

If you have had cosmetic surgery performed on you and suffered injury or disfigurement due to the doctor’s negligence, contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to discuss your legal remedies.  It is important to not delay in speaking with an attorney about your malpractice case, as there are statutes of limitations in place that may bar your claim after a certain amount of time.  Call Arze & Mollica, LLP at (718) 996-5600 for a consultation today.

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