Cosmetic Surgery Errors May Mean Major Life Changes


May 04, 2011

The popularity of plastic surgery is growing at a phenomenal rate. While elective cosmetic surgery was once entirely within the province of the rich and famous, it is now common amongst those from all walks of life.

The tragic corollary to the increase in the number of elective cosmetic surgical procedures is that there also has been a substantial rise in plastic surgery errors by doctors, resulting in medical malpractice. While many presume that cosmetic surgery is a relatively minor medical procedure and that side effects are rare, it is a surgical procedure, which necessarily entails certain medical risks. Plastic surgery can result in catastrophic injuries including brain damage, paralysis, serious disfigurement, heart attack, stroke and even death. If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one to a cosmetic surgery error by a plastic surgeon, you may be entitled to compensation for your loss.

Many presume that medical malpractice during cosmetic procedures is rare, but studies have shown that more than a hundred thousand people per year die in hospitals from medical errors. This results in over 86,000 lawsuits being filed per year with 90 percent resulting from serious doctor or hospital negligence, which causes serious injury or fatality. This misconception that medical errors that result in serious injury or death are extremely rare is contradicted by the fact that elective cosmetic surgeries claim the lives of almost 200 per year with thousands more suffering permanent injury or serious disfigurement.

Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, has been representing the best interests of Georgia residents who suffer serious injury and wrongful death caused by medical negligence for over a quarter of a century. While no medical procedure can be guaranteed to be safe, cosmetic surgeons and hospital staff are expected to take reasonable care of a similarly situated professional not to injure their patients. When this standard is breached, it can result in astronomical medical expenses, excruciating pain and suffering, the inability to continue working in one’s chosen profession, gruesome deformities and/or a substantial reduction in one’s enjoyment of life. Our Atlanta plastic surgery medical malpractice attorneys work hard for our clients. We are dedicated to providing exceptional service and to our goal of being known as the best plastic surgery medical malpractice lawyers in Georgia.

There are a number of factors and injuries that are common in plastic surgery cases including:

Errors in administering anesthesia: Any surgery where you must be sedated and given anesthesia involves a risk of serious injury and even death. Studies conducted by psychologists reveal that thirty percent of patients are more worried about anesthesia than their surgical procedure.

Risk of infection: While infection is a risk in any surgical procedure, this risk can be increased with certain cosmetic surgery procedures. For example, liposuction involves a fairly small external incision but much more significant injury internally, increasing the risk of infection.

Blood Clots: Blood clotting after surgical procedure can occur which can result in heart attack, pulmonary embolism and stroke.

Excessive or Internal Bleeding: Cosmetic procedures can result in excessive bleeding or internal bleeding.

These are just a few examples of the factors and injuries that are often involved in elective surgery mistakes. A recent case reported by CBS News illustrates that mistakes by doctors during plastic surgery can result in unusual but extremely debilitating injuries. A woman who received cosmetic surgery is suing the plastic surgeon because she can no longer close her eyes. The woman now struggles with sleep and is losing her vision. She was an outgoing woman who engaged in a wide variety of activities prior to the surgery including tennis, swimming, horseback riding, bike riding and gardening. She is now unable to enjoy these activities because of medical errors allegedly made during a completely elective medical procedure.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice resulting from plastic surgery, you or your loved one may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. At Montlick and Associates, we represent cosmetic surgery injury victims with compassion and dilligence. Montlick and Associates is available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.


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