Cosmetic Surgery Malpractice

People who choose to go into a medical profession are to be admired and respected. After all, these people have devoted their lives to saving the lives of others. Medical professionals are frequently required to work long, grueling hours often with no breaks and literally have life and death decisions to make day in and day out. Because medical professionals are human, they will make mistakes. Sadly, however, some of these mistakes cause serious injury or even death to the very people they set out to help or save. If you have suffered or if a loved one has died due to a medical error, it is imperative that you seek out the assistance of a medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible following the injury or death. All states have time limits called statutes of limitation on medical malpractice cases, and if you wait too long, you may miss the deadline to file your lawsuit.

Simple Procedures, Deadly Results

One type of medical malpractice that is coming to light more and more often is what is called cosmetic surgery malpractice.

As more and more men and women look to the scalpel to stop the aging process, more and more cosmetic surgery mistakes are being made. Those who elect to have cosmetic surgery do so to improve their appearance, so coming out of cosmetic surgery looking worse than when you went in is the ultimate nightmare for these people. Men and women of all ages are going under the knife to have something nipped and tucked, and some people are dying on the operating table during or after what should have been a very simple, routine procedure.

The case of Kanye West's mother is perhaps one of the most famous, or infamous, cases of cosmetic surgery gone wrong.

Donda West, the then 58-year-old mother of the hip-hop superstar, underwent two cosmetic procedures at once, and because she had a heart condition that should have prevented her from having any of these procedures, she died shortly after returning home from the hospital. Cosmetic surgeons all over the country said they never would have operated on this woman considering her medical history, yet one surgeon did operate and he performed two procedures. The physician who has been accused of medical malpractice has had several lawsuits filed against him in recent years.

Another case of cosmetic surgery gone terribly wrong is the case of the author of the book First Wives Club. Several years ago, Olivia Goldsmith, 54, checked into a Manhattan hospital for a very routine chin tuck and within four minutes of her surgery, she was in a coma, never to wake again. The New York City medical examiner stated that Mrs. Goldsmith died from cardiac arrest while under general anesthesia.

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