When you think of medical malpractice in Virginia or Washington, D.C., plastic surgery does not always come to mind. However, while plastic surgery is oftentimes elective and done for cosmetic reasons, it is still a surgery in which mistakes can be made by the surgeon. With millions and millions of plastic surgeries conducted every year, plastic surgery has become commonplace. Unfortunately, the errors associated with plastic surgery have also become commonplace. Patients enter the hospital or doctor’s office with hopes of creating a more youthful appearance, but reality sets in when they end up dealing with serious complications.
Common Plastic Surgery Mistakes
Virginia medical malpractice attorney explains common plastic surgery mistakes:
- Improperly performed procedures
- Incorrect medication
- Surgical errors
- Poor post-operative care
These mistakes can cause a patient significant distress and could result in:
- An unnatural look
- Nerve damage with partial or full paralysis, usually in the face
- Excessive scarring
- Wrongful death
The emotional toll that a medical error can have on a person undergoing plastic surgery is extensive. The trust once established between the patient and doctor is now broken.
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Help Pursuing a Medical Malpractice Claim
If you or a loved one has suffered from a negative side effect from a plastic surgery procedure in Virginia or the District of Columbia, you may have a medical malpractice claim. If your surgeon was negligent, he or she should pay for the mistake. At Shevlin Smith, our experienced medical malpractice attorneys are here to speak with you about your case. If you live in Washington, D.C., or Virginia, call our office at 703-721-4233 or complete the contact form on this page. We are here to help you.