Silicone injections are cosmetic procedures that are used to enhance the body or change its shape. They are often used in areas of the body like the hips, buttocks, facial areas, and other regions. Silicone injections usually involve some form of silicone oil, which is different from other silicone applications such as breast implants.
The FDA has only approved of injectable silicone for body enhancement, shaping, or contouring. They have only approved its use for highly specific treatments involving the eye. Various health risks are associated with both the silicone oils and the techniques involved in injections. They can lead to:
- Ongoing pain;
- Scarring and permanent disfigurement (usually due to a botched plastic surgery procedure);
- Blockage of blood vessels; and/or
- Stroke and even death.
Because silicone injections have not yet been approved by the FDA and are not thoroughly regulated, any silicon injection procedure carries with it severe health risks. They are often performed in non-certified conditions with persons who are not licensed or who may be in violation of their medical licensing.
Who can be Held Liable for Silicone Injection Injuries?
One of the greatest threats, both health-wise and legally speaking, is that the silicone injection procedures are performed under conditions that may constitute medical malpractice. As mentioned, such procedures may be performed by unlicensed persons who claim to practice medicine, but in reality may not be licensed. Or, they may be performed by a licensed doctor or surgeon, but they might be committing malpractice simply by virtue of performing the procedure.
- In such cases, the medical professional may be held liable for any injuries, side effects, or negative results from the procedure. They may face malpractice charges and may risk losing their medical license, and may even face criminal charges and other penalties.
- In other cases, a legal, legitimate silicone injection procedure (such as one performed on the eyes,) can still involve legal issues. An example of this is where the company that manufactured the silicone materials committed a manufacturing defect with the silicone. In this case, they may be held liable under a product defect theory of law if a silicone product or substance causes injury due to a defect.
What are the Legal Remedies for a Silicone Injection Injury?
Silicone injection injuries can be serious and may require legal action to resolve any matters or conflicts. In such cases, the victim may likely receive a monetary damages award, which can cover losses like hospital/medical costs, costs of additional surgical procedures, pain and suffering, damages for disfigurement, and other losses.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with a Silicone Injection Injury Lawsuit?
Silicone injection injury lawsuits can involve some injury laws which can be quite complex. It may be in your best interests to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you need legal assistance. Your attorney can provide you with legal advice and can represent you throughout the duration of the case.