Before making the decision to go ahead with cosmetic surgery, it makes sense to do some research regarding the surgeon being considered for the procedure. An emergency order was recently issued to stop a Florida doctor from performing specific procedures. Reportedly, his resume indicates that his cosmetic surgery qualifications were earned by attending weekend courses. The order followed the death of a patient, which led to the medical malpractice accusations. The surviving family members of the deceased patient might also choose to take action by filing a wrongful death lawsuit in civil court.
According to a statement by the doctor following the death of a 40-year-old woman, efforts of the medical staff at the clinic failed to resuscitate the patient when her heart stopped during surgery. Emergency responders took her to a regional medical center but she didn’t survive. The health department and the autopsy report issued by the medical examiner indicated that the gluteal vein was pierced during the procedure, allowing clots to travel to the lungs, resulting in cardiac arrest.
The butt-lift procedure involves the suctioning of fat from one area of the patient’s body and then injecting it deep into the buttocks. The medical examiner found multiple fat clots in the deceased woman’s lungs and heart. Furthermore, hemorrhaging from blood vessels was evident deep within one buttock in the region of the sciatic nerve, which is the largest nerve in the human body.
Anyone in Florida who has lost a loved one after or during cosmetic surgery by a doctor who does not have sufficient training and valid certification to ensure patient safety might have questions about seeking financial relief. An experienced medical malpractice attorney can assess the circumstances and assess the viability of a wrongful death claim. If grounds exist, the lawyer can assist throughout the legal proceedings in pursuit of recovery of economic and noneconomic damages.