Cosmetic surgery is a choice that we make and is usually considered safe and harmless. In one recent case, however, the patient claims she was severely burned due to negligence during the procedure. The woman filed a lawsuit in Cook County against Renu Cosmetic Laser Center and a doctor, seeking damages in excess of $50,000 and a jury trial.
Laser surgery is used in many types of cosmetic procedures. When done properly, laser treatments are typically harmless. Laser surgery makes a very small incision rather than a cut made with a traditional scalpel. Lasers are also used to treat a variety of skin conditions, such as scar removal. In this case, the woman experienced severe pain and physical harm due to burns caused by the laser. She received second-degree burns on her hands and arms because of the alleged negligence of the doctor.
Burns can be caused by a variety of things, including lasers. Lasers that are used carefully do not cause burns. However, if care is not taken, the laser can be very harmful to skin. The laser is designed to burn the skin, but it is not to be left in one place for too long a time. The woman in this case suffered second-degree burns, which are very serious. Burns of this severity will likely leave permanent scars and may require further medical treatment.
Negligence by Doctor
The doctor in this case is accused of failing to properly perform a cosmetic procedure and failing to exercise caution while using a laser. Doctors and other medical professionals are required to use a high degree of care. In this instance, the doctor knew, or should have known, that his negligent use of the laser equipment could cause serious harm to the patient. Negligence by a doctor is also commonly called medical malpractice.
Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
When a doctor makes a mistake that causes a serious injury, he or she must be held responsible. Sometimes legal action is the only way to get the compensation that is deserved. In this case, the neglect caused the woman permanent injuries. She will need to have ongoing medical treatment, and will probably have scarring or deformity for the rest of her life. The costs of her medical treatments will be very high, and her future expenses are unknown.
Those who were hurt because of the negligence of a doctor are entitled to money for their damages. Very often, the doctor’s insurance company will offer the victim a check to immediately end the case. It is usually not in your best interest to accept such a payment until you have consulted with a personal injury attorney. If you accept and cash the check you will probably end your ability to seek additional compensation, even if your expenses increase.
If you or a family member was injured due to medical malpractice, contact the experienced lawyers at Levin & Perconti to schedule a consultation.
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