Liposuction negligence claim *
Liposuction is a surgical procedure undergone to remove unwanted body fat to improve appearance. Liposuction negligence claims * occur when a patient is injured as a result of the surgery. It is categorized under cosmetic surgery procedures and is also referred to as liposculpture or suction-assisted lipectomy. The procedure is becoming increasingly popular in the modern society, currently ranking as the fourth most popular procedure with women and fifth for men. However, unfortunately in some cases the surgery fails to achieve its outcome. At times, medical practitioners can be negligent in their duty which affects the patients’ appearance or their quality of life.
How is surgery performed?
Liposuction surgery is commonly performed under anesthetic and takes between 2-3 hours. Firstly, the area where the body fat wants to be removed is marked out and an injection is inserted to liquefy the fat. High pressured instruments may be used to further break down the fat. Once the preparation is completed a small incision is made where a suction tube is then inserted. The body fact is then extracted out of the body into a large surgical vacuum machine. Finally, the surgeon drains any excess fluid and blood using small drainage tubes. Depending on the operation and patient, this process may be repeated.
Medical negligence * comes in many different forms, with regards liposuction, negligence may occur in the following ways:
It is important patients undergoing surgery are notified of the potential outcomes that could occur. If a surgeon fails to communicate this, it is possible that they may be held liable for any injuries that are sustained.
During surgery procedure
The medical team can be negligent if they deliver any form of substandard care. This can consist of medical practitioners taking unnecessary risks during the procedure which puts the patient in danger. Furthermore, the staff should be trained to nullify any complications that occur during the operation. If there is a delayed reaction time to any complications this could prove costly for the patient.
Both prior to and after the surgery the individual is entitled to receive care that will help the recovery process. If a patient is discharged from a hospital when they required more time to recover the medical team can be held accountable.
Generally, liposuction treatment is regarded as a safe procedure that sees few complications. However, there are several risks which the surgeon must take if any risks occur. Failure to act upon these risks can result in:
If the correct steps are not carried out a patient is at risk to surgical site infection. Such steps consist of cleaning the area that was cut, administering of medication and post-operative care. Before the individual is discharged they should be made aware of how to clean and treat the wound or any related cuts
Medical instruments used during the procedure may damage beneath the skin which can cause permanent scarring. Similarly, the surgeon may deliver substandard care which inflicts an unnecessary injury on the patient. Scars should heal within a year of the surgery.
Internal organ damage
If liposuction is performed near the location of the abdominal area there is the risk that the organs can be damaged. This can be due to the surgeon’s inexperience or negligence. Damage to the organs may require further surgery for the patient.
If too much solution is injected during the procedure anaesthetic solution may enter the blood stream. This may cause blood poisoning if the appropriate measures are not taken.
Making a Claim
Speak to a Medical Negligence Solicitor *
If you’re in a position whereby you are contemplating bringing legal proceedings forward it is advisable to discuss your situation with a solicitor. It is important to note that medical negligence can be a very complexed topic in Irish Law. If an attempt is made to register a liposuction negligence claim * without any consultation there is chance that a vital step of the process may be missed.
Obtain Medical Records
Medical records can be retrieved upon request. Once obtained, the information will provide a solid indicator as to where liability lies. The records will be examined by an independent medical practitioner and their expert opinion will be factored in.
Letter of Claim
If the independent medical expert has concluded that medical negligence is the cause of your injury then a solicitor will draft a Letter of Claim. This letter outlines the nature of the case and invites the negligent party to settle.
The next steps involved are heavily dependent on your case and response to your Letter of Claim. It will determine whether your case will be brought to court or settled outside of court. Your solicitor will be on hand to guide you through the process every step of the way.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR CASE
With over 30 years’ experience as specialist medical negligence solicitors *, Tracey Solicitors ensure not to overwhelm you with legal jargon along with providing you with legal advice and guidance with your best interest at heart, in a language that you can understand. For a confidential discussion, call our expert medical negligence solicitor Caoimhe McConnell on 01 649 9900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell her about your case.