Can a Botched Plastic Surgery Qualify as Medical Malpractice?

Posted on January 09, 2015 by Shapiro Law Group

When the words “plastic surgery” pop up in conversation or in text, it is not uncommon for the reader or listener to picture ads for liposuction or lip inflation, or the ever-popular Hollywood breast augmentation. However plastic surgery is not just for celebrities – the broad category covers reconstructive surgeries, craniofacial surgeries, hand surgeries, microsurgeries and treatment for victims of burns. While these surgeries can be elective and cosmetic, they are often medically necessary.

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But even in the case of a purely cosmetic surgery, a medically competent doctor is required. The procedures governing elective plastic surgery are no different from those governing skin grafts for a burn victim or open-heart surgery for a victim of heart disease. If the doctor fails to provide the level of skill, care and treatment that a reasonable doctor should, the surgery can absolutely end up as a medical malpractice case.

My Cosmetic Surgery Resulted in Injuries Due to My Surgeon’s Incompetence. What Options Do I Have?

Not every medical injury constitutes medical malpractice. An unsatisfactory cosmetic operation, for example, is not grounds by itself for a lawsuit. The legal requirements for filing a claim are that your doctor’s negligence caused an injury leading to specific damages – physical pain, mental anguish, additional medical bills beyond the necessary, or lost work or earning capacity, for example.

If a cosmetic surgery left you injured or unable to work, your best hope is a competent medical malpractice lawyer. The medical malpractice lawyers at Shapiro Law Group has the knowledge, resources and skill the handle even the most complex of medical malpractice claims, and we want to hear from you. Call us at (800) 258-HELP or fill out our online form to learn more.

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