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Plastic surgery errors and proving surgeon negligence

On Behalf of | Sep 2, 2021 | Medical And Professional Malpractice

For some residents of Lakewood, Ohio, getting plastic surgery is the realization of a dream, especially for those who wish to correct a deformity. However, these surgical procedures come with more risks than you might imagine.

Many patients come out of these surgeries looking worse than they did before the procedure. In some cases, plastic surgery errors can also cause health and wellness problems in patients, leading them to file a medical malpractice claim.

What are the risks?

Plastic surgeons receive specialized training and education to perform cosmetic procedures. Most people logically assume this training will ensure a good outcome. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Some of the risks associated with cosmetic surgical procedures include:

  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Abnormal or severe scarring and disfigurement
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Tissue or nerve damage
  • Dangerous infections
  • Hematoma or persistent bruising
  • Organ damage, especially during liposuction

In some cases, negligent plastic surgery could also lead to death. 

Proving negligence

Proving that the medical care provided by a cosmetic surgery team was substandard is challenging. An expert opinion or testimony from a different plastic surgeon is an effective way to strengthen your case. In general, you’ll have to show that the surgeon failed to take sufficient precautions prior to surgery, made significant errors during the surgery or didn’t handle your aftercare appropriately. 

If you do suffer preventable injuries during your plastic surgery, consider learning more about medical malpractice claims and your rights. Those who qualify for a claim can recover substantial compensation, which can then be used to correct the harm you have suffered and provide for your needs.