Cosmetic or Plastic Surgery Malpractice
The number of people seeking plastic surgery has steadily increased over the last few decades. Any surgery carries risks, and cosmetic surgery is no different, but that does not release a surgeon from the responsibility to put your health and safety first. If you or someone close to you has been adversely affected by plastic surgery, it is important to speak to a Baltimore medical malpractice attorney who can assess the merits of your case. At the Arfaa Law Group, we can closely examine the facts of your situation and determine whether malpractice may have taken place.Holding a Cosmetic or Plastic Surgeon Accountable for Malpractice
Plastic surgery refers to the process of reconstructing or repairing parts of the body for cosmetic or aesthetic reasons. Some common types of plastic surgery include breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, liposuction, tummy tucks, hair replacement, face-lifts, mentoplasty, eyelid surgery, and laser hair removal.
Cosmetic surgery mistakes may include anesthesia errors, infections, long-term nerve damage, muscle or soft tissue damage, severe scarring or disfigurement, and even a wrongful death. These types of injuries may leave a patient who survives to deal with lifelong physical, psychological, and financial burdens. It is important to understand that a minor undesirable result will likely not constitute medical negligence. For example, while scarring is not ideal, a small scar will probably not give rise to a medical malpractice claim if it was described as part of the potential risks associated with the surgery.
When a cosmetic procedure leads to a preventable adverse outcome, the surgeon may be held liable through a medical malpractice claim. In Maryland, medical malpractice takes place when a plastic surgeon deviates from the standard of care that a capable plastic surgeon would have met in a similar situation, causing harm to the patient. The burden of proof in these cases is on the plaintiff to establish by a preponderance of the evidence that the surgeon committed malpractice through either an act or an omission.
In Maryland, a victim of medical malpractice may ask for economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages include medical expenses, past and future lost wages, rehabilitation costs, and more. Non-economic damages refer to damages that cannot be quantified precisely, including pain and suffering, mental anguish, and disfigurement. The exact amount of damages that a plaintiff will be able to recover will vary depending on the specific facts of the case.Contact a Medical Malpractice Attorney in Baltimore or Elsewhere in Maryland
We understand that when plastic surgery fails to go as expected, the emotional, physical, and financial consequences may be extremely serious for a patient. At the Arfaa Law Group, knowledgeable Baltimore medical malpractice lawyer Julia Arfaa is committed to understanding the details of your situation and investigating the cause of your injuries. We strongly believe in holding negligent medical professionals accountable for the harm that they cause. The Arfaa Law Group represents clients throughout the state of Maryland. To reach us today, call 410-889-1850 or contact us online to set up a free consultation with an injury attorney.