Outpatient cosmetic surgery clinics in Florida, and especially in the Miami area, have been in the news lately for incidents of women undergoing butt lifts and other cosmetic procedures, including cosmetic injections, at outpatient clinics and so-called medical spas that have resulted in severe injuries and even patient deaths.
A Venezuelan man was arrested upon his arrival at Miami International Airport on May 21, 2016, after arriving on a flight from Aruba, and booked into the Miami-Dade jail, charged with manslaughter and practicing medicine without a license resulting in death, arising out of the death of a 28-year-old woman on April 11, 2013 within hours of her receiving a second treatment of butt-enhancing injections at a Miami-area outpatient cosmetic surgery clinic (medical spa) that was only licensed as a massage parlor.
The woman had paid $1,500 in cash for the first injection into her butt that the man admits he performed on April 1, 2013, and she had returned on April 11, 2013 for a second injection into her butt that the man denies that he performed, which cost her an additional $800, and her life. The Venezuelan man fled to his native country shortly after the woman’s death and was only taken into custody when he recently attempted to return to the United States.
On May 12, 2016, a 29-year-old West Virginia woman died after undergoing a cosmetic procedure (fat transfer) at a Miami-area outpatient plastic surgery clinic. The medical examiner determined that the woman’s death was caused by fat clots in her lungs and heart.
In July 2013, a 51-year-old woman died from a lung embolism shortly after buttocks augmentation at another Miami-area outpatient cosmetic surgery clinic as a result of complications from the procedure, as determined by the medical examiner.
Several Miami-area outpatient cosmetic surgery clinics, which appear to be linked, are luring out-of-state women to the clinics with promises of inexpensive cosmetic procedures. Physicians working at three Miami-area cosmetic surgery clinics have been charged by the Florida Department of Health with committing medical malpractice and employing unlicensed professionals, according to reports. Other physicians associated with the plastic surgery clinics have been charged with attempted murder, kidnapping, and prescription drug fraud, according to reports. Nonetheless, the clinics remain open.
The Florida Department of Health states on it website: “The Unlicensed Activity (ULA) program protects Florida residents and visitors from the potentially serious and dangerous consequences of receiving medical and health care services from an unlicensed person. The ULA unit investigates and refers for prosecution all unlicensed health care activity complaints and allegations … Typical examples of ULA complaints that may be investigated and circumstances in which they are observed are: Unlicensed practice of medicine … Unlicensed individual providing Botox or other cosmetic injections in a non-medical setting like a beauty parlor or hotel room.”
If you or a loved one were injured as a result of an outpatient cosmetic surgery procedure that may be due to medical negligence, you should consult with a local medical malpractice lawyer in your U.S. state who may investigate your cosmetic surgery claim for you and represent you in a cosmetic surgery case, if appropriate.
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