Plastic surgery can correct scars, improve beauty, and boost confidence. Where plastic surgery was once enjoyed only by Hollywood stars, thanks to improved surgical methods and increased affordability, cosmetic surgeries are no longer out of reach for average people who want to make improvements or turn back the clock. Most plastic surgeries go just as planned and result in a happier, more confident patient who can face the world looking their best. But just as in any surgical procedure, plastic surgery comes with risks. Sadly, sometimes a plastic surgery procedure goes awry due to a mistake or negligence on the part of the surgeon.
We expect our surgeons to treat us with the highest standard of care, but when a doctor or his staff fails to adhere to proper protocols and the result is a botched surgery or post-operative complication, the injured victim is entitled to compensation for the economic and non-economic damages they suffer.
The Phoenix legal team of Knapp & Roberts has been representing clients with injuries from plastic surgery errors for over two decades with a track record of success. If a plastic surgery left you injured, you deserve full compensation for your damages.
Common Types of Plastic Surgery in Phoenix
Some plastic surgeries repair the results of physical trauma such as burn scars or they correct congenital birth defects and improve aesthetics and functionality. But the most commonly performed plastic surgeries, or cosmetic surgeries, are those meant to improve appearance such as:
Breast augmentation or reduction
Rhinoplasty (nose job)
Facial surgery to correct wrinkles and sagging (facelift)
Collagen and fillers
While the vast majority of these common procedures are performed correctly and produce effective and satisfying results, for those who experience a mistake that negatively impacts their physical appearance or health, the results are traumatic.
Surgical Complications Associated With Negligence
As with any surgery, plastic or cosmetic surgery requires proper preparation, an execution that follows the accepted standards for the procedure, and careful post-operative care. If the surgeon, anesthesiologist, or member of the nursing staff fails in their duty to provide the accepted standards of care it may result in an injury to the patient. Some complications associated with negligence in plastic surgery include the following:
Adverse reaction to anesthesia
Infection at the incision site
Stroke or heart attack
Disfigurement and/or permanent scarring
If any of the above complications occur, it could be due to the failure of a doctor or the medical staff to provide reasonable standards of care, in which case, you are entitled to compensation for the damages you’ve experienced.
What to Do if You Suspect a Surgical Error or Negligence Caused Your Complications or Injury After Plastic Surgery
If you suspect you’ve been injured as the result of negligence or medical mistakes during your plastic surgery, the following steps can help you to protect your physical and financial future:
Ask for your medical records and a complete medical report from the surgical facility where your procedure took place
See a trusted doctor for a complete medical evaluation and tell him/her about all of your symptoms
Get a detailed report from your trusted doctor including his diagnosis, recommended treatment, and prognosis for your condition
Speak to a Phoenix plastic surgery error attorney about your case
While no plastic surgery comes with guarantees that you’ll love the results, being unhappy with surgical results and experiencing true injury due to negligence are two different things.
Patients have the right to expect their medical professionals to treat them with the highest standard of care. A doctor is liable for damages if they failed to meet acceptable standards or did not treat you with the same care that a reasonable physician would have in the same circumstances.
Proving Liability in Plastic Surgery Mistakes in Arizona
When a medical professional and a patient enter into the professional doctor/patient relationship, the medical professional owes that patient the duty of care to treat them with the accepted standards of the medical community. Proving liability means a medical malpractice attorney must show the following points:
That the medical professional owed a duty of care to the patient
That the medical professional breached this duty of care through an act of negligence or wrongdoing
That the breach of duty directly caused the patient’s injury
That the injury resulted in economic and non-economic damages to the patient
When there’s evidence that the above occurred in a plastic surgery error lawsuit, the injury victim is entitled to compensation for their damages.
How Can a Phoenix Plastic Surgery Lawyer Help Me?
Your Arizona plastic surgery attorney can offer a free consultation to discuss your case and begin planning a strategy to maximize your compensation through the following steps:
Examining the medical reports from the plastic surgery facility and from your secondary medical examination
Gathering evidence, such as testimony from medical experts, your medical bills, and proof of lost income from missed workdays during your recovery
Collecting evidence through your pain journals and/or testimony from family and friends about the impact of the injury on your life
Make sure your claim is filed within the 2-year statute of limitations and in the proper jurisdiction
Draft a compelling demand letter to the medical professional’s liability insurance provider
Negotiate on your behalf for the maximum compensation for your damages
Be prepared to litigate aggressively for your compensation in court if unable to come to acceptable terms with the insurance company
What Compensation Can I Gain for Damages From a Plastic Surgery Mistake?
Once liability is clear and the evidence shows that the doctor or medical staff breached their duty of care to treat you with the accepted medical standards, you can gain compensation for the following damages:
Your medical expenses and any future medical expenses for further treatment, procedures, and/or reconstructive surgery to minimize the damage
Pain and suffering
Loss of quality of life in the cases of severe injury or permanent scarring and disfigurement
Why Choose Us for Your Phoenix Plastic Surgery Mistake Attorneys?
The legal team of Knapp & Roberts has served injury victims in the Phoenix area for over two decades by diligently navigating the Arizona civil justice system so injury victims can gain the financial recovery they deserve. Our top-rated team of trial lawyers will provide individual attention and focus on maximizing your recovery so you can focus on getting well. Call or contact a Phoenix surgical errors lawyer today for a free consultation so we can begin investigating and strategizing to help you gain the best possible compensation for your plastic surgery injury.
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