Medical Malpractice Leads to “Uniboob”
A Los Angeles woman recently underwent botched plastic surgery that left her with a “uniboob.” According to the Huffington Post,
Her surgeon cut across two "pockets" of breast tissue, which allowed the implants to touch at the middle and create the look of a single breast, or "uniboob."
She sued the surgeon and recovered enough to pay for reconstructive surgery to restore her appearance.
Medical malpractice law is a field of tort law that concerns mistakes made by doctors, dentists, nurses, therapists, and other medical personnel.
Claims can also be brought against the hospitals, clinics, medical corporations, or state or federal agencies that employed the medical professionals who made the mistakes.
A medical malpractice claim can arise when the care provided to a patient deviates from accepted standards of practice in the relevant medical community, and this failure causes injury or death to the patient. Most doctors carry medical malpractice insurance to cover such claims.
Medical malpractice claims can cover both acts (for example, cutting the wrong tissue) or omissions (for example, failing to order the appropriate tests to diagnose a dangerous condition). Claims can be brought for the negligent prescription of a drug or medical device, including prescribing an incorrect medicine or dosage or failing to warn of side effects or dangers.
The plaintiff in a medical malpractice case can be the patient or a person acting on behalf of the patient if the patient is a minor or incapacitated. If the medical malpractice led to the patient’s death, the plaintiff is the executor or administrator of the deceased’s estate.
New Jersey is one of about 25 states that require plaintiffs to include a “certificate of merit” --testimony from a qualified medical expert stating that there is merit to the claim -- when suing for medical malpractice. The state also requires that the expert be in the same specialty area as the defendant.
If you think you may have a claim for medical malpractice, contact the New Jersey Law Offices of Greenberg, Walden & Grossman, LLC.