Plastic surgery has become increasingly popular in recent decades, but there are still potential risks. For example, if a procedure is done hastily or incorrectly, it can lead to complications such as infection, scarring, and nerve damage.
Additionally, some people experience psychological distress due to dissatisfaction with their plastic surgery results. An individual may be left with asymmetrical features or results that are different from what was expected.
Do you suspect your botched procedure results from cosmetic surgery malpractice or anesthesia error? The medical malpractice attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC are legal advocates for patients harmed by medical negligence.
Contact a Chicago plastic surgery malpractice lawyer at (888) 424-5757 or use the contact form for additional information and answers, or schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.
What is Cosmetic Surgery?
Cosmetic surgery (plastic surgery) focuses on improving a person’s appearance. It can help repair damage or defects related to the face and body, such as:
- Breast augmentations
- Eyelid surgery
- Neck lifts
These elective procedures enhance one’s appearance. Cosmetic surgery is not the same procedure as reconstructive surgery is medically necessary and seeks to restore function and normal appearance.
Do I Have a Cosmetic Surgery Malpractice Case?
Negligence is a serious issue that can have life-threatening consequences for patients. To prevail in a malpractice lawsuit, the patient must prove:
- The plastic surgeon had a duty to perform within accepted standards of practice when performing the plastic surgery
- The surgeon breached this duty by acting negligently or failing to act at all to protect the patient
- The patient sustained an injury or illness as a direct result of this breach
Suing a Plastic Surgeon for a Botched Surgery
Have you undergone plastic or cosmetic surgery that resulted in an injury or disfigurement? You could sue the plastic surgeon for a botched surgery, even if you signed an informed consent with the facility and plastic surgeons.
You may be eligible for economic and non-economic damages. Our attorneys have decades of experience handling malpractice cases, including those against plastic and cosmetic surgeons.
We understand how difficult it can be to go through such an ordeal, and we are here to help you get the justice you deserve. We will work hard to compile all documents related to your surgery, including any waivers you signed, and make sure your lawsuit is filed within two years of the date of the surgical complications.
Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your case and learn more about how we can file a medical malpractice claim on your behalf.
Bringing a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit for Cosmetic Surgery
Bringing a medical malpractice lawsuit for cosmetic surgery can be a complex process. It is important to understand the time limits for filing a lawsuit, as these vary by state.
Additionally, some states require filing a sworn affidavit or “certificate of merit” from an expert witness along with the lawsuit. Consulting with a medical malpractice attorney is recommended to protect your legal rights.
To bring a successful medical malpractice case for cosmetic surgery errors, it must be proven that there was a doctor-patient relationship, a breach of the medical standard of care, and harm to the patient.
Establishing the medical standard of care typically requires expert witness testimony from someone with experience in the field. Patient damages must also be proven which were caused by this breach and not due to known risks disclosed beforehand.
Cosmetic Surgery Medical Malpractice Lawsuit and the Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations for filing a cosmetic surgery medical malpractice lawsuit varies between states but generally will require the case to be brought within two years of discovering the injury caused by plastic surgeons.
In addition, in some states and jurisdictions, if the cosmetic procedure leads to an injury or death caused by a foreign object left in the body after the surgery, then different laws may apply, and there may be no time limits for filing claims.
Consulting with a medical malpractice attorney in your area is recommended to protect your rights. Doctors who fail to protect patients during cosmetic surgery procedures should be held accountable.
Plastic Surgery Malpractice Injuries
Not all issues caused by plastic surgery procedures are considered negligent. Certain risks are present that no doctor or surgeon can predict or prevent.
However, doctors, surgeons, and medical facilities could be liable in a malpractice lawsuit when botched procedures are caused by medical negligence during or after plastic surgery. Doctors who were not properly trained could also be liable for compensation if negligence is involved.
Some common injuries that can occur from negligence during cosmetic surgeries include:
- Post-operative infections
- Blood clots
- Excessive internal bleeding
- Allergic reactions
- Deformities requiring multiple corrective plastic surgeries
- Long-term damage to nerves, muscles, or other soft tissues
- Medication errors
- Wrongful death
Botched cosmetic procedures can result in permanent damage, leaving the patient with a physical disability, psychological and emotional trauma, and financial hardships.
When the injury was caused by negligence, the victim or their family has the right to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the cosmetic surgeon to cover their damages from plastic surgery procedures that went wrong.
Chicago Plastic Surgery Malpractice Lawyers
Cosmetic surgery errors can result in permanent deformities or death. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC represents individuals and families in medical malpractice cases involving errors made before, during, or after plastic surgery procedures.
Our office has a network of doctors who can evaluate your case to determine where the errors were made. Call us for a complimentary case evaluation without cost or obligation to discuss a successful outcome to a cosmetic procedure claim.
Contingency Fee Agreement
We accept all medical malpractice claims on a contingency fee basis. This agreement ensures you don’t pay our legal fees until we resolve your cosmetic surgery error case through a negotiated settlement or jury award.
Contact us at (888) 424-5757 or use the contact form to schedule a free consultation to discuss your compensation case.
All confidential or sensitive information you share with our legal team remains private through an attorney-client relationship.