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OB-GYN found guilty of malpractice following laser lipo procedure

Each year, many New Jersey residents consider shedding unwanted fat by using liposuction. In December 2011, an OB-GYN performed a laser liposuction procedure on a 26-year-old Bronx woman. According to the article, many people choose this form of treatment because of its reputation for a faster healing time. It is apparently perceived by at least one area practitioner as a "no-risk, non-invasive, in-and-out procedure."

According to court papers, the woman was severely burned during the process. Her third-degree burns required emergency treatment at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and resulted in skin grafting surgery a few days later. She has allegedly been left with permanent scarring. The doctor was found liable by a Bronx civil court judge in September following a medical malpractice lawsuit.

According to the report, the same doctor was sued in a case involving similar circumstances in 2009, which he apparently settled out-of-court. The court papers also allege that the doctor was interrupted while performing the procedure at his office to pay for an order of take-out Chinese food that had been delivered at the same time. Reportedly, state officials are in deliberations over whether to strip the doctor of his medical license.

For New Jersey residents who have suffered serious injuries resulting from negligence on the part of a doctor, a hospital or other medical practitioner, a personal injury attorney may be able to help. Serious injuries such as the ones mentioned here may result in major financial difficulties and possible loss of employment. An attorney may be able to prove liability for the injury and negotiate for an appropriate amount in compensation.

Source: NY Daily News, "EXCLUSIVE: Manhattan OB/GYN scorches patient with lipo laser — sued for malpractice", Joe Kemp, October 16, 2013

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