Miami is known for its cosmetic surgery clinics and patients from across the country and around the world travel to the city for cosmetic procedures. Many have excellent outcomes and have the opportunity to work with world-class cosmetic surgeons in the city. Unfortunately, in some cases patients are injured or even suffer fatalities due to medical negligence in Miami and surrounding area clinics and hospitals.
While cosmetic surgery procedures have come a long way in the past ten years, they, like any surgery, carry risks. Cosmetic surgery requiring anesthesia can bring about the same complications as any major surgery, including fatality, coma, incorrect anesthesia dosage, and other complications. In addition, patients may suffer from infection, dangerous drug interactions or reactions, and other complications.
After suffering a serious complication due to surgery or drug issue in Miami or another community, patients may face severe pain or may require multiple additional surgeries to fix disfigurement. Some suffer brain damage or other serious complications that mandate assisted living facilities and around-the-clock care. Some are unable to return to their normal lives.
Investigative reports have focused largely on discount cosmetic surgery services and clinics. These clinics and surgeons sometimes offer low-cost alternatives but may do so because they do not have the experience and expertise that more established practitioners have. Another issue is that some spas and beauty salons offer services such as Botox and other procedures which some doctors feel are best left to professionals. Doctors are especially concerned about so-called Botox parties and procedures performed at unlicensed clinics and in private homes.
Anyone who is considering a cosmetic procedure should check with their doctor first to ensure that they are healthy enough for the surgery. Cosmetic procedures that require anesthesia, especially, should be treated as seriously as any major surgery. Patients should research cosmetic surgeons carefully and ask for referrals. A good plastic surgeon should be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, should have extensive experience with the surgery procedure being considered, and should have hospital privileges.
In addition, patients will want to ask about their anesthesiologist. The anesthesiologist in the procedure should have extensive experience and no malpractice claims against them. The clinic or hospital where the procedure is to be performed should also have excellent reviews and provide good patient care. It is important to keep in mind that the surgeon is not the only one responsible for patient care; everyone involved in the process can affect the outcome of a procedure.
Of course, even when patients are careful and conduct careful research may end up being injured by malpractice. Even if a surgeon has certification and satisfied patients, that does not mean that malpractice won’t occur. Many patients only find out about a clinic’s previous lawsuit and issues after they have been injured and consult with a personal injury attorney in Miami or their community.
Have you been injured during a routine medical procedure or cosmetic procedure? You will want an investigation to find out why the injuries happened and you will want to find out whether you have a legal claim. You can contact Flaxman Law Group at any time to arrange a confidential, no cost case review if you would like to discuss your situation with a personal injury attorney.