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Can You Sue For Medical Malpractice If Your Plastic Surgery Went Wrong?

Can You Sue For Medical Malpractice If Your Plastic Surgery Went Wrong?
By: Dorothy Hyde Posted in: Medical Malpractice

A plastic surgery went wrong. When you read these words, you immediately think of some celebrity with a botched plastic surgery. But you may be surprised to find out that there are millions of mere mortals who choose to undergo a plastic surgery to improve their facial features and/or appear younger than they actually are, but end up shocked and traumatized over the outcome of their surgery.

Believe it or not, celebrities are not the only ones whose careers become hostages of botched plastic surgery procedures. “Basically, a plastic surgery went wrong means that you paid tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars to improve your looks, love life, and/or career, and ended up with more financial, physical, and emotional damages than you were before the procedure,” explains our Dallas medical malpractice attorney at Law Offices Of Dorothy Hyde.

But does it mean that you can sue a plastic surgeon for the botched plastic surgery and his or her failure to deliver the desired and paid-for result? A short answer is: Yes, you might.

Can you sue a surgeon for a botched plastic surgery?

Not long ago, the plastic surgery industry was available only for celebrities, actors, actresses, singers, and wealthy people. But today, as cosmetic surgery procedures become more affordable, an increasing group of people, the majority of which are women, are beginning to get nose jobs, facelifts, breast augmentation, tummy tuck, lip augmentation, and a variety of other procedures that are supposed to make you more attractive and desirable.

But those with botched plastic surgeries end up anything but attractive and desirable. In fact, many of them lose work opportunities and see their careers go up in flames as a result of botched cosmetic surgery procedures. If this happened to you, is there any way to sue the negligent plastic surgeon for causing your life-long injury or even disfigurement, which cannot be repaired and does not get any better as years go by?

“Definitely,” says our experienced medical malpractice lawyer in Texas. You may want to review a recent case, which indicates that it is possible to recover millions of dollars in compensation after a botched plastic surgery.
How did this woman recover more than a million dollars for a botched plastic surgery?

Last year, a Brazilian actress filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against her Beverly Hills cosmetic surgeon, suing him for causing her “to lose job opportunities because a facial procedure left her face looking enlarged and swollen.” The lawsuit was filed in a Los Angeles court.

While critics were confident that the actress would not be able to sue the surgeon under the legal theory of medical malpractice, she walked out of that court $1.16 million richer.

The case goes like this. The actress contacted the plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills to get Botox treatments in order to appear younger. But the surgeon recommended her to use dermal filler, which caused the actress’s face to become enlarged, swollen, and uneven. In additional to that, the actress sustained facial burns when the surgeon’s assistant attempted to use laser treatment to melt the dermal filler.

How to sue for a plastic surgery that went wrong?

The above-mentioned example proves that suing a plastic surgeon for botched plastic surgeries is not a futile endeavor. In fact, botched plastic surgery procedures fall under the umbrella of medical malpractice law in Texas, which means you are entitled to seek compensation for any damages arising out of a surgery that went wrong.

If you have become a victim of a botched cosmetic surgery, consult with a Dallas medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible to find out about your legal options to recover damages. Get a free consultation by contacting Law Offices Of Dorothy Hyde. Call our offices at 214-883-1700 or fill out this contact form.

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