Plastic surgeries serve various purposes. In some cases, these surgeries are for cosmetic purposes, while other procedures are completed to restore functionality and appearance after traumatic incidents. Unfortunately, there are times when mistakes occur when a patient is undergoing plastic surgery. Johnson, Zegen, Scott & Williams, PLLC is here to help when you need a Dallas medical malpractice attorney. Our team will investigate every aspect of the case in order to secure the compensation you are entitled to.
Patients typically undergo plastic surgery for one of two reasons:
Regardless of the reason that a person is undergoing cosmetic or plastic surgery, all patients should be able to count on a high standard of care from the surgeon. However, Johns Hopkins researchers say that medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the country. Unfortunately, many of these errors occur during surgical procedures.
According to the Plastic Surgery Statistics Report released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, we can see that there are approximately 24 million cosmetic procedures performed every year in the US. Out of these procedures, there are approximately 18.1 cosmetic surgical procedures and 5.9 million reconstructive procedures.
Any surgery is considered invasive, and there are times when patients experience “never events.” These events are mistakes that should absolutely not happen during surgery. This can include:
Never events can lead to significant patient harm, and data indicates that there are approximately 4,000 preventable errors reported each year across the US. However, there are many other “minor” surgical errors that are not reported that can also cause significant patient harm.
Further complicating matters concerning cosmetic surgeries is the fact that many of these surgeries are performed at surgical centers and not fully equipped hospitals. Mistakes made during plastic surgery can result in significant patient scarring, organ damage, heavy blood loss, infections, nerve damage, and more.
If you or somebody you love has been harmed due to a mistake made while undergoing plastic or cosmetic surgery, contact the team at Johnson, Zegen, Scott & Williams, PLLC for help today. Our attorneys pledge to investigate every aspect of your case in order to secure the compensation you need. This can include: