Would You Rather Pay Your Attorney Or Your Doctor For Cosmetic Surgery?
Judging by the title to this blog post, you are wondering why making a choice between a doctor and an attorney is even necessary. Unfortunately, for a large percentage of patients seeking cosmetic surgery, seeking an attorney post cosmetic surgery is becoming a more common phenomenon.
In the most high-profile case of alleged negligence involving cosmetic surgery in the UK, Denise Hendry, wife of ex-Blackburn Rovers and Scotland footballer Colin Hendry, almost died in 2002 after liposuction she had at the Broughton Park hospital in Preston went badly wrong.1Though the aforementioned case was one of a liposuction “gone wrong”, a majority of patients trust their doctor to perform the promised services with the highest degree of skill and professionalism. But trust will take you only so far and if the questions presented below are questions that you have asked yourself prior, during, or after surgery, you might have a ripe claim for medical negligence.
Were you safe during and after surgery?
If at anytime during or after your surgery, you felt unsafe, then clearly your doctor was not performing his duty of care to you as per acceptable legal standards. Doctors need to perform surgeries under hygienic conditions to avoid infections as well as set up adequate post surgery wound care. The most common negligence actions fall under this category. These include but are not limited to excessive swelling, infections, scarring, etc.
Were you informed of all associated risks relevant to the procedure?
One of the most important duties a doctor must perform is informing you of all risks prior to surgery. A good doctor will sit you down and carefully explain all risks and complications associated with your surgery. Further, such doctor will allow you adequate time to review your decision based on his/her risk assessment and ensure all your questions are answered. If your doctor fails to have this conversation with you, contact your local attorney to discuss a claim for medical negligence.
Did the doctor have your consent for all the procedures performed on you?
If you consulted your doctor for cosmetic surgery, naturally he/she has your consent to perform the requested procedure. However, sometimes doctors perform surgery outside the ‘scope of consent’, justifying it with “I knew if I pinched that region of your nose a bit further, it would look as good as new”. Remember, doctors need your consent prior to performing an operation on you.
These are just some of the many causes of action that are available under a medical negligence claim. Since most negligence claims have strict time limits associated with them, it is imperative that you contact a solicitors such as Pryers at the earliest.