Medical Malpractice in Fort Lauderdale – Cosmetic Surgery on the Cheap
Cosmetic surgery is becoming a more frequent cause of Ft. Lauderdale medical malpractice lawsuits thanks to changes in how medical professionals have decided to deliver the service. Generally cosmetic surgery is elective. That is to say the surgery is not required for health reasons but rather to satisfy the patient’s desire to look better. Just because it is elective however, does not relieve the health provider from providing “that level of care, skill, and treatment which, in light of all relevant surrounding circumstances, is recognized as acceptable and appropriate by reasonably prudent similar health care providers”.
In other words, just because it’s a nose job and not a bypass a doctor still has to follow the “prevailing professional standard of care”.
Dangerous Shortcuts You Need to Avoid
You trust your doctor and assume he believes in the "do no harm" portion of his oath. So when he suggests that a procedure that requires general anesthesia be done in his office rather than in a hospital you assume it is safe to do so.
Often times it is not.
Cosmetic surgery has become a very competitive field of medicine. Unfortunately, some physicians are more focused on reducing costs that providing adequate care. For example:
- General anesthesia always comes with risks. Putting a patient under in a doctor’s office may save the cost a hospital would charge but if something goes wrong it will be a hospital that is best equipped to handle the issue.
- Anesthesiology is a complicated medical specialty yet some cosmetic surgeons use nurse anesthesiologists rather than MDs trained in the field. The reason? It’s cheaper of course.
- Doctors, optometrists and even dentists are jumping on the cosmetic bandwagon and attending weekend courses so they can do liposuction, Botox therapy and other treatments. Weekend seminars do not replace practical experience under the eye of a qualified cosmetic surgeon.
If you find yourself as a victim from this cost cutting you have a right to sue the health care provider for malpractice. In Florida it is a complicated process and you will most definitely want a law firm with extensive experience in the field and a demonstrated success.
In Ft. Lauderdale Martin, Lister & Alvarez is a leading malpractice law office. Please feel free to submit your case for review and we will give you our opinion on what your next move should be.