According to reports, one in every five patients who has plastic surgery is unsatisfied with the results. However, being unhappy is different from a botched procedure. Because most plastic surgeons are highly competent, the results are usually outstanding, but unfortunately, some patients end up with problems that go beyond anticipated scarring.
If you want or need a cosmetic procedure performed, make sure to do your homework first and always choose a surgeon who is board certified. Even then, there is no guarantee that things will go according to plan, but risk is dramatically less.
Dealing with a Botched Procedure
Plastic surgery is common for men and women. Whether you want to look younger, need a birth defect corrected, or want cosmetic surgery for improvement due to acne scarring, a car accidental, or burns, you should know your rights beforehand.
If you ultimately have the procedure done only for the surgeon to botch it, you need to hire the best personal injury attorney possible. In addition to a botched cosmetic procedure being embarrassing from an appearance standpoint, this can lead to depression and for some people, be life threatening. Unfortunately, botched surgeries occur in both invasive and non-invasive procedures because of incompetence or negligence.
A botched cosmetic procedure is more than scarring, risk of infection, or the development of a hematoma. Instead, this entails mistakes such as the surgeon injecting an unauthorized or dangerous substance as filler, damaging skin almost beyond repair, anesthesia problems because of an incompetent anesthesiologist, uneven breasts after an augmentation, and so on. Along with physical deformity, this can cause mental distress.
If you have suffered at the hands of a plastic surgeon, it is essential that you hire a qualified personal injury attorney. You want a lawyer who has years of experience, but more importantly, someone who specializes in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Taking Legal Action
To sue the plastic surgeon who botched your procedure, the attorney must prove negligence. The aftermath of that negligence is chronic pain, lifelong complications, emotional issues, and/or loss of work. Even if the surgery was elective, you have every right to expect the surgeon, as well as other medical professionals involved and the facility itself, to be competent. If you underwent a cosmetic procedure that did not meet medical standards and suffered as a result, your attorney can file a lawsuit on your behalf.
As for compensation, your attorney will first have to go on a fact-finding mission. As part of this, the lawyer will investigate whether other patients had ever filed formal complaints and/or lawsuits against the surgeon, the current standing of the surgeon’s medical license, and whether the surgeon failed to provide you with any accurate information prior to the procedure.
Your lawyer will also look at your medical records, take testimonies, and have your physical and mental health status reviewed by an independent and board-certified doctor to prove the extent of damage. To file a lawsuit against a surgeon who botched your cosmetic procedure, it is imperative that you rely on the services of a reputable attorney who can answer questions, guide you through the process, and ultimately reach an acceptable financial settlement.