Everyone wants to look their best, and sometimes individuals will go to
great lengths to achieve the perfect figure. Fad diets, extreme fitness
regimes and hypnotism often seem like a quick fix for fitting into a smaller
pair of jeans or looking great at an important event. Some people resort
to even more drastic measures and undergo surgical procedures to sculpt
their bodies. Unfortunately, these seemingly innocent cosmetic fixes can
sometimes lead to
medical malpractice, injury, and death.
According to Courthouse News Service, a Georgia father recently sued Opulence
Aesthetic Medicine and Dr. Nedra Dodds for a botched procedure that left
his 37-year-old daughter, April Jenkins, dead. Hal Jenkins claims that
the surgeon anesthetized April by stuffing a rag soaked in propofol into
her mouth, and proceeded to pierce her liver during the procedure. Further
still, Mr. Jenkins alleges, no nurses were present in the operating room
during the procedure, and his daughter was not placed on a cardiac monitor.
Ultimately, after the liposuction surgery, Ms. Jenkins went into respiratory
arrest. Mr. Jenkins alleges that Opulence and Dr. Dodds’ failure
to call 911 in a timely fashion and to get his daughter emergency medical
help further led to her death. Mr. Jenkins is seeking damages for pain
and suffering, professional negligence, wrongful death, and funeral expenses
in relation to the liposuction procedure.
Health News Florida, in Florida, earlier this month, a Broward County doctor relinquished
his medical license to the Board of Medicine after two women died from
complications related to liposuction procedures performed by him. Dr.
Alberto Sant Antonio decided to surrender the license instead of facing
disciplinary action carried out by the state. According to reports, Dr.
Sant Antonio’s cosmetic surgery office was unregistered.
It is important to note that even if a Doctor has given up his or her medical
license and cannot be pursued by the state, victims of medical malpractice
may still sue using the civil justice system. Many victims, like Ms. Jenkins,
who have suffered from medical malpractice related to anesthesia, have
come forward and have been awarded damages. Anesthesia medical malpractice
cases encompass several different types of errors that can be caused by
medical professionals, hospitals, and their staff.
Anesthesia errors can be deadly and can cause severe pain during procedures, often resulting
in death. Some anesthesia errors include: improper hydration of the patient,
failure to determine whether the patient has any allergies, and anesthesia
overdose. There are many other serious errors, all of which have life-threatening
Often, an error in administering anesthesia is irreversible. However, if
a victim, or his or her family, seeks out the assistance of an attorney,
compensation may be awarded for pain and suffering, wrongful death, funeral
expenses and professional negligence. If you or a loved one has suffered
from the miscalculation or error of a medical professional, you should
immediately seek out a medical malpractice attorney. The attorneys at
Goldstein and Hayes have years of experience helping medical malpractice
victims obtain the compensation they deserve. Contact
Goldstein and Hayes today for a consultation.