Fighting Negligence in Cosmetic Surgery Cases

You may be attracted to the promise of a discounted liposuction surgery, buttock lift, body makeover, or tummy tuck—only to experience serious complications later or botched aesthetic outcomes following the procedure.

The skilled and confident Miami medical malpractice attorneys at the Alvarez Law Firm can help you hold these negligent healthcare providers and surgical centers accountable for their actions. We have represented numerous injured victims of cosmetic surgery malpractice in Florida and have won large amounts on their behalf in settlements and verdicts. 

Common Cosmetic Surgery Errors in Florida

Drug reactions, negative anesthesia effects, and bleeding are often key accidents and mistakes involved in plastic surgeries. Fatality may occur in rare instances. It’s fundamental that you speak with an attorney immediately about whether such an accident was the result of negligence or medical malpractice. 
Examples of common Miami medical malpractice mistakes include:

  • Liposuction: The surgery is performed to remove fatty tissue from different body areas. Possible complications include nerve damage, blood clots, and fluid retention. 
  • Abdominoplasty: Medical malpractice in a tummy tuck can result in severe bleeding, blood clots, scarring, disfigurement, and infection.
  • Rhinoplasty: This involves changing the shape, size, and position of the nose. Complications may include disfigurement, breathing issues, infection, loss of sense of smell, and damage to various nasal parts.
  • Rhytidectomy: This is also known as wrinkle removal or facelift. Malpractice in this surgery may result in cysts, necrosis, deformity, nerve injury, and severe bruising. 
  • Breast augmentation: Common risks of negligence when changing the positioning, shape, or size of breasts include scarring, disfigurement, blood poisoning, loss of all or part of the nipple/breast, and implant rupture.

Cosmetic Surgical Complications Caused by Negligence

Cosmetic surgery requires careful preparation, execution, and post-operative supervision like any other form of major surgery. Consequences can be catastrophic if an attending surgeon, nurse, anesthesiologist, or another medical professional fails to provide the expected standard of care.

Victims of cosmetic surgery malpractice in Florida may experience severe complications and injuries resulting from:

  • Infection at the incision site
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Fluid build-up underneath the skin
  • Heart attack
  • Blood clots or stroke
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Development of hematoma
  • Permanent disfigurement or scarring
  • Adverse reaction to anesthesia
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Determining Whether Cosmetic Surgery Malpractice Occurred

There is a potential for human errors during surgical procedures, even with the most attentive and skilled surgeons. Negligence occurs when the surgeons fail to take proper precautions to prevent these accidents, errors, and injuries and does not meet the prevailing standard of care. You may have a case of negligence if your surgeon:

  • Disregarded your medical history
  • Failed to identify and address complications
  • Improperly used medical equipment
  • Performed surgery without proper consent
  • Provided inappropriate or inadequate post-operative follow-up
  • Performed excessive skin or fat removal than required
  • Did not perform the right type of surgery
  • Failed to practice with a license
  • Failed to address anesthesia complications
  • Used faulty surgical tools or equipment
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Steps to Handle a Plastic Surgery Malpractice Claim in Florida

There are a few important steps you should take in the event your Florida cosmetic surgeon made a mistake:

  • Document your injuries: Your perception of events can become jumbled, especially if the episode caused a lot of distress. You should document everything as accurately as possible soon after your accident.
  • Seek medical care: You should get immediate medical treatment if serious injury is involved. Keep records of medical paperwork and bills involved.
  • Speak with an attorney: You should consider hiring a committed plastic surgery malpractice attorney in Florida if you believe medical negligence or malpractice caused your injuries. 

Proving Florida Cosmetic Surgery Malpractice

Plastic surgeons are not required to provide perfect outcomes or guarantee results under Florida law. In relation to this, the law does require cosmetic surgeons to act reasonably and exercise due caution. The burden to prove the cosmetic surgeon committed malpractice or did not meet a reasonable standard of care lies with the plaintiff.

You may be entitled to receive monetary damages for the following through a plastic surgery malpractice lawsuit:

  • Medical bills (current and future)
  • Punitive damages (in particularly egregious cases)
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering

In case of wrongful death due to a cosmetic surgeon’s malpractice, their family member may be entitled to seek compensation for the damages caused.

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Top Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Miami Our Capable and Resourceful Cosmetic Surgery Malpractice Attorneys are Ready to Fight for You

If a medical provider’s tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty), liposuction, facelift, eyelid surgery, Brazilian Butt Lift, or any other cosmetic surgery procedure caused serious complications or injuries, the experienced Miami medical malpractice attorneys at the Alvarez Law Firm can help you seek justice. Our attorneys are passionate about helping injured victims obtain the compensation and justice they deserve. Our legal team will stand by your side against the plastic surgeon that brought you harm and do everything possible to hold them liable.

We take a tough stand during the pretrial stage to help our clients acquire a fair and reasonable settlement negating the need for prolonged litigation where possible. The skilled cosmetic surgery malpractice attorneys at the Alvarez Law Firm are resilient negotiators that take a comprehensive approach to every case. To set up your complimentary consultation, call 877-445-7675 or reach us online. 

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