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.
In order to bring a medical malpractice claim, a patient must prove:
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:
There are four generally accepted defenses a cosmetic surgeon can use when they are sued for malpractice:
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.
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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