Plastic Surgery is Being Performed by Fake Doctors Says Cleveland Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) March 15, 2012 - In an alarming trend, some individuals are calling themselves doctors and performing discounted plastic surgery. The results are horrific.
“I’ve seen a lot of things over the course of practicing in the field of medical malpractice, and this latest trend of just anyone who feels like it declaring they can perform plastic surgery is particularly alarming. They can’t, and the results range from supremely botched procedures to death,” said Christopher Mellino. Mellino is a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer of the Mellino Law Firm LLC in Ohio.
There are at least 17 million surgeries happening across the U.S. every year. Not all of them go according to plan. Currently, medical malpractice is happening as a result of people not seeing licensed doctors. This trend is beginning to emerge in the area of plastic surgery. People seeking that kind of treatment do not want to pay the prices qualified surgeons charge. Instead, they seek out cheap alternatives. “Cheap and getting what you paid for often wind up in the same sentence in these instances,” Mellino added.
Take the case of a woman recently apprehended by the police for injecting a concoction of unidentified materials, including cement, into another woman’s buttocks, or the instance where a woman, acting as a fake doctor, injected silicone into a man’s penis to enlarge it. He died the next day from a silicone embolism. The same fake doctor was also responsible for conjoining the breasts of a woman who wanted to replace ten year old silicone implants.
“It’s a frightening world out there when some individuals take it upon themselves, largely out of greed, to prey on the insecurities of others. Is what they are doing medical malpractice? Yes, it most definitely is. The fact that they are not licensed doctors does not change the malpractice aspect,” stated Mellino.
Just what do people who survive the errors do to recover compensation for their injuries? The first step is to speak to a qualified medical malpractice lawyer. “The second thing is to find out what the law says in the state where you live,” added Mellino. “There are 48 states that let non-board certified doctors perform plastic surgery. Just because someone may be a doctor does not mean they are qualified to perform plastic surgery.”
The major problem is many feel that anyone wearing a white coat is the good guy or the qualified doctor who will help them with whatever issue they have. They may even have some kind of certificate hanging on the wall. That does not mean it is real. People need to be asking a lot more questions when they find themselves in someone’s apartment or basement about to get their eyes, breasts or penis worked on. While the price may be right, the results may be severe injuries or death.
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Cleveland, Ohio 44114
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