When an individual suffers a severe injury such as a crushed limb in a car accident, they may need extensive surgery to repair serious physical damage. For example, soft tissue surgery may require one or more surgical procedures to correct problems created by the accident, including reconstructive surgery.
Reconstructive surgery is a type of corrective surgery performed to repair, or reconstruct, one or more areas of the body. The surgery is usually done to:
Common examples of reconstruction surgery are:
No. Cosmetic surgery is not performed correct any injuries or debilitating abnormalities. Instead, the elective procedure is done to enhance or change an individual’s appearance. However, certain forms of reconstructive surgery do incorporate methods that are used in cosmetic surgery, such as using breast implants in breast reconstruction.
Yes. People who have chronic injuries such as a repetitive motion injury where cartilage wears thin over time. The surgery can help restore function of the injured joint.
Yes. Medical malpractice happens when a physician fails to provide the required standard of care. This substandard care causes additional injuries to a patient. For example, the patient may need to undergo additional reconstructive surgeries to repair the injuries caused by the malpractice.
A plaintiff suing a surgeon for medical malpractice must prove an injury occurred that resulted in damages. Often monetary in nature, damages are compensation required to restore the plaintiff to their position prior to the malpractice. A plaintiff can prove medical malpractice by showing:
When you go in for reconstructive surgery, you are hoping to be in a much better position than you were prior to the surgery. Thus, it is particularly devastating when a surgeon commits medical malpractice during the surgery. Talk to a personal injury attorney about suing a medical professional if they committed medical malpractice against you during your reconstructive surgery and need to be held responsible.
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