New York medical malpractice lawyers: Stepping in when surgery is botched
New York medical malpractice lawyers understand that, although associated with high levels of risk, elective or cosmetic surgery is a multi billion-dollar industry in the United States. Even when patients are aware of the potential margin for error, the pursuit of perfection is a powerful force in this country. “A New York salon owner has admitted she performed the illegal liposuction surgery that nearly cost a woman her life,” according to Surgery.org. 29 year old Barbara Nieto, the owner of Perfect Image Stethics, performed a basic liposuction surgery in 2010 in which fat was removed from the stomach and injected into the buttocks,” according to The Metro. New York medical malpractice lawyers are familiar with medical procedures, both necessary and elective. They understand the risks involved with each surgery, and how frequently things do go wrong. According to the New York Post, the victim, Augusta Velez-Jimenez, 25, “paid $500 for the illegal procedure.” Within days of her „routine surgery‟, she was hospitalized for a “severe infection that required surgery to save her life.” She was reportedly hospitalized for five days. According to the New York medical malpractice lawyers and the Queens District Attorney Richard Brown representing the victim, "the defendant held out the false promise of being able to provide her victim with a more attractive appearance.”Instead of undergoing a fairly basic cosmetic procedure, Ms. Velez-Jimenez nearly lost her life. False promises and unqualified medical professionals are to blame for these incidents. New York medical malpractice lawyers would urge anyone considering these types of procedures to do sufficient research in preparation for surgery. Not all doctors are necessarily qualified to perform these surgeries. When not executed correctly, the results of these self-improvements can be deadly.
“In a recent court appearance, Nieto pleaded guilty to the charges of practicing without a license. She will pay $180,000 in fines and serve up to two years in prison,” according to Surgery.org. Cases like this one are unfortunately not unheard of. A woman in Miami almost died after she was injected with non-FDA approved chemicals said to improve her body‟s appearance. “Authorities say that the $700 illegal buttock augmentation procedure involved injecting a patient with cement, mineral oil and flat-tire sealant” according to Surgery.org. Surgery is never a small endeavor. The inherent risks need to be laid out and explained by a licensed medical doctor. Anyone offering discounted surgeries without a valid license is operating outside of the law. Before having a cosmetic procedure done, it is important to find a reputable medical professional. Be sure to ask around, ask for proof of a valid medical license, and if applicable ask to contact previous patients. All of these requests are within your right as a potential client. New York medical malpractice lawyers are there to pick up the pieces after botched surgeries leave people in pain, disfigured, or dead. Their job is a difficult one, but a necessary one as long as these subpar surgeries continue taking place.