Whenever surgical error causes permanent disfigurement, the patient often feels emotional distress because the disfigurement serves as a constant reminder of the failed procedure. Many patients are never informed of the risks associated with surgical procedures before electing to proceed with them or may not be aware when the surgeon performing the operation is inexperienced or unqualified. The Chicago Injury Center is a personal injury law firm in Illinois that represents clients who have undergone expensive medical procedures only to be forced to carry the weight of embarrassing disfigurements that permanently affect the quality of their lives.
Types of Injuries Leading to Disfigurement
Many of the procedures that result in deformities are cosmetic, but some procedures performed to address health concerns may result in disfigurement as well. Common causes of disfigurement include the following.
- Scarring or the development of scar tissue, which can cause emotional distress if the scars are visible and alter the patient’s appearance.
- Nerve damage or damage to muscular tissue, resulting in pain and discomfort or the inability to perform motor functions.
- Visual deformities that require extensive surgeries to repair. Many of these deformities may require multiple procedures to correct.
In addition to the emotional trauma that patients must endure, they also must suffer financial hardship — especially if the procedure was cosmetic and not covered by insurance. Many patients undergoing cosmetic surgeries pay a lot of money only to be left scarred or disfigured. Doctors responsible for permanent deformities or disfigurement need to be held accountable and liable for the cost of additional corrective procedures and the pain and suffering these errors have caused.
Common Procedures Resulting in Disfigurement
Not all cases involving disfigurement are cosmetic but many errors that result in unwanted changes to a patient’s appearance occur during plastic surgery. Procedures that present higher risk of physical deformities include the following.
- Removal of tumors.
- Breast reduction or enlargement.
- Botox treatments.
- Surgical procedures for the treatment of lacerations or scars.
- Nose jobs.
If you have suffered a permanent disfigurement due to surgical error, it is important to review your legal options with a qualified medical malpractice attorney who has your best interests at heart. You may be entitled to compensation to cover the cost of treatment to correct the damage as well as for pain and suffering that the disfigurement may have caused. The Chicago Injury Center is happy to review the details of your case with you and inform you on your rights and options so that you can make the most informed decision possible when choosing how to proceed. Our goal is to keep defend your interests and help ensure that you are able to recover from your injuries without any financial burdens.
Contact us today for a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer. If we are unable to help you collect compensation, then our time and services are completely free of charge.