Whatever your reasons for getting plastic surgery, no one goes into it thinking that their surgery will come out botched. It’s certainly a risk, but you’ve done your research, chosen a reputable surgeon and followed their pre- and post-op directions to the letter. What happens when your body starts to heal—and it’s nothing like you were promised?
It is possible to sue for medical malpractice on an elective cosmetic surgery in Ohio—but it’s also a lot harder to prove that the surgeon was negligent. Even if you’re not happy with how the surgery turned out, that doesn’t automatically mean that the doctors weren’t following all accepted medical practices and standards. What’s worse is that cosmetic surgery often attracts unqualified practitioners. It makes a lot of money and there’s no health insurance paperwork to contend with. This opens up a world of unfortunate possibilities for unsuspecting clients.
Challenges of Winning Medical Malpractice Plastic Surgery Suits
The best way to prove medical malpractice is to either show that the surgeon was inexperienced, unskilled or failed to follow pre- and post-operation best practices, like preventing infections and properly using anesthesia. However, that doesn’t mean that a judge or jury will see your case the same way.
First, plastic surgery’s elective nature is difficult for some jurors to overcome. Many of us have unconscious biases that don’t appear until we’re confronted with a specific situation. This can affect jurors, because most cosmetic surgery patients don’t actually need the surgery. Even if the jurors think that they’re able to judge a case fairly, they may find themselves considering what the plaintiff chose to spend their money on. Alternatively, they might have other reasons to be unsympathetic, such as a botched plastic surgery of their own. It’s not fair, but it does happen.
Second, juries often give the surgeon the benefit of the doubt. Many people believe that cosmetic surgery is for vain or lazy people, so they’re quicker to assign blame to the patient rather than the surgeon—even if the surgeon is clearly at fault.
Don’t Let Juror Bias Discourage You
It’s harder to win plastic surgery medical malpractice suits, but it’s not impossible. If you’ve been a victim of a negligent surgeon, it doesn’t matter why you chose to have the surgery. Call an experienced medical malpractice attorney to discuss the merits of your specific case. You deserve compensation for your pain and suffering.
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If you’ve been the victim of medical malpractice during cosmetic surgery, I can help you get financial compensation. Call me today at 877.944.4373 to discuss your case and learn how I’ll Make Them Pay!®