Plastic surgery is more popular than ever with millions of cosmetic procedures taking place every year. All surgery has risks, and plastic surgery is no exception. However, in some cases, things go horribly wrong, and the patient can suffer a serious injury. If you or someone close to you has been harmed due to the negligence of a plastic surgeon, it is important to reach out to a skilled Syracuse plastic surgery malpractice attorney who can assess the merits of your case. With years of experience, we understand how to navigate these types of claims.
Plastic surgery is reconstructive surgery that focuses on repairing damage or defects related to the face and body. Cosmetic surgery is a subset of plastic surgery. It is typically elective and is done to improve a person’s appearance. According to data released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ annual plastic surgery procedural statistics, there were 15.9 million surgical and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed in the United States in 2015, a 2 percent increase from the prior year. Some common examples of cosmetic surgery include:
- Breast augmentation;
- Breast or buttock lifts;
- Abdominoplasty (“tummy tuck”);
- Rhinoplasty (“nose job”);
- Eyelid surgery;
- Hair replacement;
- Otoplasty to alter the ears;
- Facelift; and
- Neck lift.
Cosmetic surgery malpractice can be rooted in a variety of errors, such as failing to take a patient’s medical history into account, anesthesia errors, infections, nerve damage, muscle or soft tissue damage, and severe scarring or disfigurement. In the most serious cases, plastic surgery can result in death.
It is important to note that just because you didn’t get the results you wanted from plastic surgery does not mean that malpractice took place. There may be a number of reasons the surgery proves to be unsuccessful or not as effective as a patient would have liked. For instance, while scarring after surgery may be undesirable, it may also be unavoidable and would probably not constitute malpractice, since it is a reasonably expected possibility of the surgery, no matter how competent the surgeon is. Instead, plastic surgery malpractice occurs when the surgeon does not take proper precautions to assure patient safety. Most plastic surgery malpractice cases, like all other types of malpractice cases, are rooted in the theory of negligence. Medical negligence occurs when a plastic surgeon fails to use the level of care and caution that a reasonably prudent surgeon would have used when performing the same procedure, thereby causing injuries to the patient.
If you have been seriously injured due to the negligence of a plastic surgeon, you need to contact a seasoned Syracuse surgical malpractice attorney as soon as possible. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, we understand how to evaluate these cases and determine whether malpractice occurred. With years of experience, we understand how to settle these cases as well as litigate them in court. Keep in mind that there are strict time limits when it comes to New York medical malpractice claims, so time is of the essence. To talk to us directly, call 315-479-9000 or contact us online.
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