Can Cosmetic Surgery Mishaps be Minnesota Medical Malpractice?

If I Have Cosmetic Surgery and the Plastic Surgeon Makes a Mistakes, is that Minnesota Medical Malpractice?


When most people think of medical malpractice, they think of mistakes during necessary surgeries like shoulder replacements or knee surgeries, or emergency procedures like appendicitis, heart attacks, strokes, and similar mistakes.  People even think of misdiagnoses, like for cancer, heart attacks, strokes, and infections.  But most people do not think about cosmetic surgery mistakes as a type of medical malpractice.


Maybe this is because people think that they have chosen to undergo this procedure rather than that they need to have the procedure, therefore they assume whatever risks come with it.  Maybe people even think that cosmetic surgeries, because they are elective and not necessary surgeries, do not fall under the scope of a Minnesota medical malpractice claim.  Maybe people even think that, because individuals choose to do a certain procedure they do not have the same rights as victims in emergency situations or who are suffering from a disease or condition which require fixing.


The truth is, if a healthcare professional commits any form of medical malpractice due to a mistake, error, misdiagnosis, or other negligent act or omission in any type of care or treatment to a patient, that patient has rights to protect.  This means that victims of elective surgeries like a nose job, breast augmentation, jaw or muscle implant, botox injection, or any other type of plastic surgery or procedure could have a medical malpractice claim when the procedure was performed negligently.  If you or a loved one have a medical mistake due to a healthcare provider’s mistake during a cosmetic surgery or procedure in Minneapolis or St. Paul, call Kuhlman Law, LLC to learn about your rights by dialing (612) 444-3374 for a FREE consultation.


Why Can Cosmetic Surgery Be Medical Malpractice in St. Paul or Minneapolis?


You may be wondering why can a victim of medical mistakes from an elective surgery have a medical malpractice claim.  After all, this surgery was elective and chosen at whim by the patient, not because something needs to be fixed.


This is a good point, but it neglects the fact that medical malpractice is about any type of care and treatment rendered by a healthcare provider which is below the standard of care that a reasonably prudent physician would have rendered in similar circumstances.  Therefore, anything that a healthcare provider does that was wrong, an error, a mistake, or even something that was done correctly but not what another physician would have done in a judgment decision, that all can be medical malpractice.


It is also important to note that many cosmetic surgeries actually do have a benefit to a patient.  For example, a nose job or rhinoplasty could be used to fix a deviated septum.  Breast augmentation decreasing the size could be used to alleviate or even abate a woman’s shoulder pain, back pain, spinal injuries, or rashes.  Breast augmentation increasing the size could be used to help alleviate psychological or emotional harm after an accident or medical emergency like breast cancer, as well as to help remove or reduce scar tissue or reduce scaring.  Even purely aesthetic surgeries have an impact on a patient’s mental wellbeing, which is important to recognize.


Thus, medical errors caused during cosmetic surgeries are no different than any other type of medical malpractice and allow victims to have rights to compensation.


Victims of Cosmetic Surgery Have Rights and May have Minnesota Medical Malpractice Claims


If you or a loved one have been injured due to the medical malpractice of a healthcare provider such as a doctor, nurse, hospital, or other health care service professional, call Kuhlman Law, LLC for a FREE consultation by dialing (612) 444-3374 to learn what your rights to compensation may be.  If we accept your case, we will conduct a thorough review of your case and advise you whether there may have been a serious medical mistake causing your injury.   There is no risk, and you do not owe us money unless we win your case.

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