One thing that is common about plastic and cosmetic surgery is that these types of surgeries are the most complained about. Other medical processes meant to heal or correct abnormalities do not often lead to a lawsuit. But when it comes to the exorbitant amounts of money used for vanity, things may get a little out of hand.
People can file a lawsuit against a practitioner on account of malpractice. This is defined as a situation where the doctor did not fulfill their duty to the patient, resulting into negative effects.
It is to be noted though, that negative effects do not include a low number of suitors, decreased admirers, impaired sex life, and other vanity-driven damages.
What they CAN sue for, however, lies around the notion of unexpected results from such procedures. Bleeding, scarring, disfigurement, discoloration, loss of sensation and even death are some of the things one can sue for from a plastic surgery procedure.
But what can on get when they sue?
This depends on what kinds of damages the patient will suffer from due to the complications brought about by the procedure. Some patients just get the medical expenses paid back to them. These people use that amount to get a better surgeon to have the mistakes corrected. Then there are some worse cases wherein patients will even find themselves unable to work due to the complications. If a jury finds sufficient evidence of malpractice, patients can also get payments for damages of possible wages they could have earned without the complications. Bereaved families of dead patients also stand to get payments for loss and whatnot.
This is why it is important to perform due diligence and do research about a clinic and a surgeon before making a decision. There are those doctors who simply take a seminar or two and then call themselves practitioners. This is unacceptable. This happens because of the stiff competition within medical schools and hospitals for their plastic surgery department openings. It is very hard for a medical student to become a plastic surgeon because of how lucrative the industry has become. This is why there are some who specialize in something else then take a few seminars to circumvent this difficulty.
Plastic surgery is considered a niche specialty in the medical industry. A plastic surgeon should have the same time and dedication to the field as any other doctor in any other field of specialization such as a cardiologist or optometrist.
Picking a certified surgeon backed up by testimonials and experience is the best way to get the most out of any plastic surgery procedure.