Liposuction Injuries

Skilled Liposuction Lawyers in Houston

Injured after a Liposuction Surgery?

Liposuction is one of the most common forms of plastic surgery performed in the country. Hundreds of thousands of women undergo the procedure. Despite its popularity, liposuction can be extremely dangerous, resulting in life-threatening complications.

The liposuction lawyers at Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs can help hold negligent surgeons and medical professionals accountable for their wrongdoing. If you have been injured or harmed as a result of liposuction surgery, contact our office and take advantage of over a century of legal experience.

All consultations are free and confidential. Get the trusted representation you need by calling (713) 804-6121. Call today to speak with a nationally recognized trial lawyer.

Liposuction Statistics in the United States

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, liposuction is the second leading type of plastic surgery. In the past year, there were over 265,000 liposuction procedures performed in the United States. Women are overwhelmingly more likely to have liposuction plastic surgery than men, accounting for 89% of the total operations.

  • Liposuction is a popular surgery for women and men of nearly every age, including teenagers between the ages of 13-19. Of that age group, over 4,000 liposuction procedures were performed in a single year.
  • While breast augmentation is the leading form of cosmetic surgical procedure for women between the ages of 20-29, over 40,000 liposuction procedures were performed in the past year.
  • For people between the ages of 30-39, liposuction was the second most common cosmetic procedure accounting for 35% of all procedures performed.
  • Liposuction was the leading form of cosmetic surgery performed on people between the ages of 40-54, with over 100,000 surgical procedures in a single year.
  • For Americans age 55 and over, there were 26,913 liposuction procedures performed last year, 10% of the total cosmetic surgical procedures.

Dangerous Liposuction Complications

Studies show that liposuction can have severe complications, including death. Research indicates that liposuction procedures carry a “total complication rate” of approximately 5%. Deaths secondary to this form of plastic surgery may be as high as 1 in 5,000 surgeries.

Many of these liposuction injuries are entirely preventable caused by negligence or medical malpractice. When surgeons or other medical professionals perform liposuction plastic surgery without adhering to a reasonable standard of care, they must be held accountable. 

If you have suffered a complication from liposuction plastic surgery, contact our office immediately. Call (713) 804-6121 to discuss your case with an experienced liposuction lawyer.

Serious Liposuction Injuries

Liposuction is a surgical procedure using suction or lasers to remove fat from areas of the body. The risk for serious injury or death may be more significant for liposuction because it is generally performed on people with a high body mass index. Liposuction is also often accompanied by additional procedures, which can complicate the process.

As noted by the Mayo Clinic, risks associated with liposuction include:

  • Fat embolisms
  • Severe skin infections
  • Temporary or permanent numbness
  • Nerve irritation
  • Damage to internal organs
  • Kidney, heart, and lung problems
  • Lidocaine toxicity
  • Hematoma
  • Blood clots

Types of Liposuction Procedures Resulting in Injuries or Death

There are several types of liposuction procedures with varying degrees of risk. One of the newer forms of liposuction plastic surgery includes the use of lasers to help remove excess fat. Liposuction can be performed on nearly any part of the body where excess fat is present. However, the larger the area, the higher the chances of complications or death.

Types of liposuction procedures as identified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery include:

  • Tumescent liposuction
  • Ultrasound-assisted liposuction (VASER Liposelection)
  • Laser-assisted liposuction (Smart Lipo and Slim Lipo)
  • Suction-assisted liposuction (Power-assisted liposuction)
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Common Causes of Liposuction Complications

Despite its popularity, liposuction is still considered major surgery requiring anesthetic. Many of the risks associated with liposuction can be lessened by medical professionals adhering to proper safety guidelines. When a plastic surgeon or doctor negligently performs liposuction resulting in harm to a patient, they must be held accountable.

Common causes of liposuction complications include:

  • Inadequate patient risk assessment
  • Performing multiple procedures
  • Too high body mass index (BMI) for surgery
  • Excess fat removal
  • Improper administration of anesthesia
  • Surgery performed by an unqualified surgeon
  • Incomplete after-surgery care

Compensation After Liposuction Surgery Resulting in Injury

If you have suffered harm or injuries related to liposuction cosmetic surgery, you might be entitled to compensation. Bringing a claim for damages against a negligent surgeon or medical professional may give you the financial justice you deserve. 

Damages related to liposuction complications include compensation for:

  • Medical bills
  • Future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Mental anguish
  • Pain and suffering

Our liposuction lawyers have recovered millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for injury victims. Contact our office to discuss your rights and your potential to recover damages against a negligent medical practitioner.

The Experienced Legal Team at Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs

Our liposuction lawyers have more than 100 years of combined experience. Founding partner,  Attorney Tommy Fibich is board-certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, with over 45 years of legal practice. 

Partner Erin Copeland is named among Super Lawyers and helped negotiate a $1.6 billion settlement in a consolidated litigation against Bayer regarding a defective medical device.

Attorney and partner Russell Briggs is board-certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He, along with Attorney Greg Fibich, recently secured one of the largest medical malpractice jury verdicts in Houston ($6.6 million).

Our award-winning, nationally recognized lawyers, are here to help you and your family through this difficult time. Read more about our firm and our recent victories for our clients.

Schedule Your Free Case Evaluation Today

If you have suffered a serious injury after a liposuction procedure, contact the trial lawyers at Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs today for a free case evaluation. Our attorneys know the devastation that liposuction malpractice can have; get over 100 years of experience on your side. There are no fees unless we win. Our case evaluations are free and confidential. Call today to get started.

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When to File a Lawsuit for Liposuction Malpractice

If you are seriously injured because of complications related to liposuction cosmetic surgery, you need to consider filing a claim for damages. It can cost thousands of dollars and years of reconstructive surgeries to repair problems caused by medical malpractice. You should never have to pay out-of-pocket for someone else’s wrongdoing. 

When you pay a doctor for a medical procedure, even cosmetic surgery, you are entrusting them with your life. They must be held to the highest possible standard under the law. Our liposuction lawyers will fight to get you the maximum compensation for your case so that you can return to life as usual after a devastating complication related to your procedure.

At Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs, we are committed to excellence in and out of the courtroom. Our priority is in getting our clients the best possible outcome in their case through compassionate, laser-focused representation. When you are injured because of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, you need an attorney that will be your champion. You need someone who believes in your case and will fight for your recovery. 

If your loved one died as a result of liposuction injuries, you might be entitled to a wrongful death claim. Contact our office or call (713) 804-6121 to speak with a liposuction lawyer from our firm today.

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