Many New Jersey residents undergo elective surgery each year. In an attempt to look better in their own eyes and feel better about themselves, research is completed and the decision is made. Doctors' appointments are scheduled and the process begins. This is all done in anticipation of the final results and the assumption that the appropriate standards of care will be followed.
In 2015, two women decided to have elective surgery performed. In fact, these women traveled a great distance for the cosmetic procedure to be completed. The surgery, a Brazilian Butt Lift, was intended to be an out-patient procedure. However, this was not the case.
In one instance, the patient suffered a punctured colon as a result of the operation. Rather than a simple procedure, it turned into a four-month hospitalization ordeal. In the other case, the patient suffered punctures to her liver in addition to other serious damage which was discovered after she complained of intense pain and exploratory surgery was performed.
An administrative law judge has determined that the doctor is responsible for medical malpractice in both of these cases. The judge determined that the doctor did not follow appropriate standards of care. Furthermore, medical records were not documented as they should have been. It is now likely that the women involved will pursue civil claims against the doctor for medical malpractice, if they have not already done so.
In a situation where a New Jersey doctor does not follow appropriate standards of care and the patient suffers, it is possible that there are grounds for a medical malpractice claim. In many instances, the patient has suffered financially as well as emotionally and physically. An experienced attorney can assist in determining the best course of action.
Source: nbcmiami.com, "Judge: Plastic Surgeon Committed Medical Malpractice", McNelly Torres, Jan. 9, 2017