As Andy mentioned in this article and this medical malpractice post, South Florida—and specifically Miami—has developed a reputation as the best destination for plastic surgery, thanks to its sunny climate and history of having some of the best medical professionals.
Unfortunately, many cosmetic surgeons have taken advantage of that reputation to create a dangerous culture of plastic surgery tourism. Furthermore, these surgeons are leveraging Florida’s loose regulations to perform operations in clinics that are not properly accredited or managed by licensed medical professionals.
The number of these illegitimate clinics has soared in recent years, resulting in an environment where serious—and even fatal – medical malpractice is happening at an alarming rate.
“The clinics run the operation, advertise the procedures, charge the patient the money, and provide support medical staff,” said Andy Yaffa in the USA Today article. “They are in this together.”
As a law firm with decades of experience pursuing justice, the Miami medical malpractice attorneys at Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen have seen many tragic accidents relating to cosmetic surgery, and the operations discussed in this article from Michael Sallah and Maria Perez are no different.
In addition to fighting the predatory practices of cosmetic surgeons, GRYC has led the charge against other phony clinics that perform even more extreme medical procedures like unregulated stem cell injections. You can read more about the dangers and risks of experimental stem cell therapies here.
If you are considering undergoing plastic surgery, we strongly urge you to do your due diligence and properly vet where you’re getting that surgery. Do not settle for anything less than the best. You can view the status of doctors or facilities by name at the Florida Department of Health website. To prevent being a victim of medical malpractice, make sure you ask yourself these questions before undergoing plastic surgery.
Are you reading this because you or somebody you love is seeking representation as a result of plastic surgery medical malpractice and needs assistance? Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen can help.