NEW YORK – A new comprehensive study is putting the scalpel to a common but quiet issue: medical malpractice in the plastic surgeon’s office.
The Doctors Company, the nation’s largest physician-owned medical malpractice insurer, analyzed its 78,000 members for ways to improve the nip/tuck practice. The study looked at over 1,400 claims against plastic surgeons and identified the top causes of medical malpractice.
In most cases, the insurer identified multiple factors led to surgery mishaps and usually included the following:
- Improper performance of surgery (49% of claims)
- Improper patient management (13% of claims)
- Improper treatment or procedure (12% of claims)
- Retained foreign items (6% of claims)
- Breach of confidentiality (4% of claims)
- Failure to obtain consent (3% of claims)
A Manhattan medical malpractice lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says the study also highlights the obligations and responsibilities doctors have while operating on or overseeing a plastic surgery.
“Plastic surgeons have many legal obligations, which protect patients from sloppy surgeries or unqualified practitioners in Manhattan,” medical malpractice lawyer Steve Barnes said. “Unfortunately, malpractice is not uncommon in the plastic surgery field and some doctors may not have the qualifications necessary to practice plastic surgery.”
In 2013, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASPS) issued a warning about an uptick in the number of unqualified surgeons. Some ‘surgeons’ have also been caught illegally conducting a plastic surgery practice.
“Many individuals have been arrested for performing illegal injections… without sufficient training or licenses,” the ASPS wrote in a release.
The issue is not just limited to fake or unqualified surgeons. Even credentialed plastic surgeons who are board certified can make mistakes, leading to serious physical and emotional injuries.
The most common patient injuries, according to The Doctors Company, include:
- Emotional trauma (35% of claims)
- Scarring (23% of claims)
- Cosmetic injury (14% of claims)
- Infection (12% of claims)
- Burns (6% of claims)
- Ongoing pain (6% of claims)
While no surgery is risk-free, patients have a reasonable expectation that plastic surgeons are medically competent in their advertised fields. As recent studies have found, failure to live up to these expectations can have disastrous consequences.
If you’ve suffered an injury or disfigurement as the result of a botched plastic surgery, you may be able to recover compensation for past and future expenses. The Manhattan medical malpractice lawyers at Cellino & Barnes say clients could recover the costs for corrective surgeries, loss of income, emotional pain and suffering, and more.
With offices conveniently located in Manhattan and Long Island, Cellino & Barnes will review your case for free.
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