Many people from many different walks of life seek out plastic surgery as a way to both improve their appearance and overcome the damages caused by diseases. Many forms of plastic surgery are permanent and all kinds alter one’s appearance, so everyone that undergoes them wants to be sure they are getting the best quality work done and have the results turn out right. What happens when plastic surgery goes wrong however and the results are far from what was intended? Does the patient have the right to sue?
The simple answer is that, yes, you are able to sue a plastic surgeon if the results of the procedure came out incorrect. That being said, it is much easier said than done. Unlike other kinds of doctors where the end result of treatment is usually very clear, plastic surgery is much more subjective and therefore challenges exist in filing for a medical malpractice case.
If the results of the surgery were simply not what you wanted, there are little grounds for a lawsuit. If, however, the surgeon was clearly unskilled or underqualified for the procedure, a case can be made that he or she should not have performed the operation in the first place. This approach doesn’t always work, but it can be proved, in some situations. The only clear cut case for a medical malpractice claim is when an infection or poisoning happens in the aftermath of the surgery. In this case, it can be easily established that the surgeon was negligent, which lead to horrible results.
Overall, if you are the victim of a poorly performed or harmful plastic surgery, you may have grounds for a lawsuit under certain conditions. When dealing with tricky cases like this, it is always a good idea to consult with an attorney to determine what your case might be and what the best approach moving forward is. We at the Franco Law Firm would be happy to consult with you and help you through your legal process, so feel free to call us at (813) 872-0929.