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Most types of plastic surgery can be grouped into two categories: cosmetic and reconstructive. When a patient agrees to either type of plastic surgery, a certain end result is expected—whether that result is simply to look better or to fix a disfigurement. And although not every bad outcome can form the basis for a lawsuit, if your plastic surgeon committed malpractice, you have the right to pursue financial compensation.
Regardless of why you underwent plastic surgery, your plastic surgeon is a medical professional who owed you a duty to provide competent care. The medical malpractice lawyers at Team Law are committed to holding negligent plastic surgeons accountable to the fullest extent of the law in New Jersey. With over 60 years’ combined experience and $650-plus in compensation recovered for injured clients, we have what it takes to get results in your case.
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If you or a loved one underwent plastic surgery and you suspect plastic surgeon malpractice caused additional harm, call our office today. We offer a free case review so that you can tell us what happened and discuss options for pursuing your legal right to compensation.
Americans spend billions of dollars on plastic surgery every year. Some of those procedures are designed to improve perceived flaws in the patient’s appearance—which can be important to building self-confidence and happiness. Others may correct disfigurement or scarring caused by a trauma or medical condition, such as cancer. Similarly, those plastic surgeries are designed to help the patient regain confidence in their appearance.
Examples of some of the most common forms of plastic surgery include:
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Team Law’s client fell and dislocated her knee, causing an injury to the popliteal artery that ultimately resulted in the amputation of her leg. Suit was filed against the hospital to which she had been taken by ambulance, the emergency room doctor, a radiologist and an orthopedic surgeon. The orthopedic surgeon claimed he was inordinately delayed getting to the hospital because of traffic problems on the Garden State Parkway. Team Law was able to counter the surgeon’s testimony by obtaining records from the Garden State Parkway that showed no traffic problems and by obtaining the surgeon’s EZ Pass records. The claim against the emergency room doctor was that he should have asked for vascular consultation when he detected a weak pulse in the foot, not just an orthopedic consult. The claim against the radiologist was that his actions also delayed treatment. After a seven week trial, a verdict was entered in favor of Team Law’s client and against all four of those defendants.
All surgeries, including plastic surgeries, carry a degree of risk and can even be life-threatening—even if you underwent a relatively routine surgery. Your plastic surgeon is required to disclose serious risks before you agree to the surgery. Potential risks of plastic surgery include:
Unfortunately, plastic surgery is often conducted by practitioners who are not fully qualified to perform the procedure—which is one potential cause of plastic surgeon malpractice. When you suspect plastic surgeon malpractice, but are not entirely sure, the following issues may be relevant:
General unhappiness with the results of your plastic surgery is not sufficient to make a viable claim for plastic surgeon malpractice. However, if your plastic surgeon made an error that a reasonable, qualified plastic surgeon would not have made under the circumstances, you may have a valid case regardless of why you chose to undergo the surgery. To learn more about your options, call us today to schedule a free case review.
Like any other type of surgery, plastic or cosmetic surgery is complicated and requires specialized training. Even if the surgery was purely cosmetic, your plastic surgeon can be held responsible for mistakes that amount to plastic surgery malpractice. To take legal action for compensation for plastic surgeon malpractice, your lawyer has to show:
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Most victims of medical negligence are not precisely certain what caused their injury—they only know that their treatment made them worse. Our lawyers are here to investigate your claim and analyze your records to uncover what went wrong—and whether you have a valid claim for plastic surgeon malpractice under New Jersey law.
If you or a loved one suffered an injury because of an error that took place during plastic surgery, you don’t have to navigate the legal system alone. Our experienced plastic surgeon malpractice lawyers at Team Law are here to help whether your plastic surgery procedure was cosmetic or reconstructive. To schedule your free case review, call our New Jersey offices or contact us online.
First and foremost, you should do your research and make sure that your plastic surgeon is board certified in plastic surgery. Many surgeons may fail to take plastic surgery seriously, and perform procedures that they were not adequately trained for. Relevant certifications include credentials from the American Board of Plastic Surgeons and The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. Other organizations may sound reputable, but are generally not sufficient to ensure your plastic surgeon is qualified. You should also:
-Check to see whether your surgery will be performed in a hospital (lengthy procedures should generally be performed in a hospital, where a team is ready to respond to complications),
-Ask whether your surgeon has hospital privileges,
-Get a second opinion,
-Exercise caution if your plastic surgeon suggests additional procedures.
Available compensation will depend primarily upon the type of harm you suffered. For example, if you required months of treatment after a severe infection that the malpractice caused, your compensation award will be much higher than if the mistake caused an adverse skin reaction. Depending upon the harm, you may be entitled to economic damages (reimbursement for expenses such as medical bills, corrective surgeries, lost wages, lost future wages and more) and non-economic damages, which include pain and suffering, emotional distress and compensation for permanent disfigurement.
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