Malpractice in Performing Cosmetic Surgery

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What Is Cosmetic Surgery?

Cosmetic surgery is a type of medical procedure that is intended to improve the physical appearance of a patient. Some common types of cosmetic surgery are eye-lifts, breast augmentation, face-lifts, liposuction, collagen injections, and rhinoplasty.

When Has a Cosmetic Surgeon Committed Malpractice?

In order to bring a medical malpractice claim, a patient must prove:

What Duty Does a Cosmetic Surgeon Owe a Patient?

Like all medical professionals, the law imposes a higher duty of care on cosmetic surgeons. A surgeon must exercise the degree of care that a reasonable surgeon in a similar circumstance would exercise. When a patient-doctor relationship is established, the doctor has the following duties:

Possible Defenses to Cosmetic Surgery Malpractice

There are four generally accepted defenses a cosmetic surgeon can use when they are sued for malpractice:

What Can I Recover in a Malpractice Lawsuit?

Along with any physical injuries that arise from the cosmetic surgery, a patient is generally entitled to:

Sometimes a person who not a party to the surgery, such as a spouse or parent, can recover some special damages.

Do I Need an Attorney to Bring a Cosmetic Surgery Lawsuit?

Medical malpractice claims are very complex since doctors usually are unwilling to admit any errors and will challenge all medical malpractice claims. If you or a loved one have been injured by medical malpractice, you should speak to a personal injury attorney immediately to learn more about the value of your case and what types of recoveries are available to you.

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Last Modified: 06-24-2015 12:32 PM PDT

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