KTLA News reports of another example of medical malpractice as two sisters are suspected of running an illegal cosmetic filler practice. The sisters, Guadalupe and Alejandra Viveros allegedly catered to a large group of clients, usually women, who sought out the pair to perform popular forms of cosmetic surgery. The most common surgery involved injections into the patients face and buttocks.
The two women reportedly had an extensive clientele list. However, many of those clients ultimately informed authorities of problems that they had encountered following the surgery. For many clients the substances injected into the patients during surgery had hardened into a solid plastic. The hardened material often became infected, leading to serious health consequences for the former patients.
Detectives investigating the claims soon discovered that the Viveros sisters were not even licensed to practice medicine. The elder sister, Guadalupe, claims to be a Mexican medical physician, but that of course does not automatically qualify her to practice medicine in the United States. The pair was arrested last week when the medical malpractice was discovered, and they are currently being held on $20,000 bail.
These and similar stories recount the shocking and all too prevalent forms that medical malpractice may take. While most patients will fortunately be spared the complications caused by medical professionals who are not legally allowed to practice medicine, too many will still become the victims of more nuanced forms of medical error. As a growing list of victims can attest, injuries caused by doctors performing procedures in which they are not qualified occurs more often than anyone would imagine. Our Chicago medical malpractice lawyers at Levin & Perconti are committed to fighting for the rights of all victims of medical error. If you or anyone you know may have been injured due to mistreatment or negligence by a medical professional be sure to contact a medical malpractice attorney today.