Plastic surgery, reconstructive surgery, or cosmetic surgery is supposed to make you look and feel better after it is performed. However, that is not always the case. There are times where the surgeons, anesthesiologists, or nurses have made terrible mistakes and you or a loved one are left with scarring, disfigurement, blood clots, infections, or even death.
Plastic surgeries, cosmetic surgeries, or reconstructive surgeries are performed for a variety of different reasons. They are performed to repair a congenital or birth defect, reconstruct a body part after cancer removal, or for esthetic purposes. Some of the more common reconstructive or plastic surgeries are Botox injections, laser hair removal, liposuction, breast augmentation, abdominoplasty or tummy tuck, blepharoplasty or eye lift, rhinoplasty or nose job, rhytidectomy or face lift, forehead lift, chin or neck lift, and gynecomastia or removal of excessive breast tissue in men.
Plastic, Reconstructive Surgery Risks
Every surgical procedure, especially plastic or reconstructive surgery, can carry certain risks. It is the surgeon’s responsibility to make sure that the patient is aware of all the risks prior to performing the surgery. Some common risks are bleeding, infection, scarring, contractures, blood clots, pneumonia, medications reactions, and scar tissue formation. Regardless of how minor or major the risks are, it is the surgeon’s responsibility to inform the patient so an informed decision can be made prior to consenting to any surgical procedure.
In addition to the risks mentioned above, there are other risks depending on the type of plastic surgery that is going to be performed. The following is a list of additional problems that could occur during plastic or reconstructive surgery:
- Medication error
- Lidocaine overdose
- Too much tissue removed
- Not enough tissue removed
- Prolonged sedation
- Prolonged surgery
- Damage to nerves
- Damage to arteries or veins
- Drooping eyelids
- Unable to close eyes
- Unable to raise eyebrows or show facial expressions
- Asymmetry or one side of the body does not match the other side
- Blistering or burning of the skin
- Inadequate post-operative management
- Blood clots to lungs or pulmonary emboli
- Nipple disfigurement in breast reconstruction
- Uneven nipples
- Wrong size breast implant
Unparalleled History of Successful Case Results
Since 1958, the Beasley Firm has been successfully litigating wrongful deaths, and plastic, cosmetic, or reconstructive surgery malpractice cases with documented results. The Beasley law firm is a nationally recognized catastrophic injury and wrongful death firm that has awarded over $2 billion for their clients. In addition to our experienced attorneys, we also have on staff two physicians and three registered nurses, in addition to decades of expertise that made us a leader in this field. Our collective knowledge assisted in obtaining two of the largest medical negligence verdicts in Pennsylvania history, $100 million and $55 million, as well as countless other multi-million dollar judgments and settlements.
If you or a loved one has been injured, please contact one of our experienced Philadelphia Plastic Surgery attorneys at 888.823.5291. Please feel free to look at our track record of success and call us for free no obligation consultation. We promise that we will never take a fee unless we win your case.
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Court Upholds $20 Million Jury Award in Liposuction Death Case
The Legal Intelligencer
November 17, 2010
by Amaris Elliott-Engel
The Pennsylvania Superior Court has upheld a $20 million award, including $15 million in punitive damages, given by a Philadelphia jury that found a plastic surgeon and a nurse anesthetist liable for an 18-year-old college student’s death after an elective liposuction procedure. Read Full Article