When Florida residents undergo surgery, they expect their doctors to be honest and qualified. However, several patients accuse a Georgia dermatologist of lying about her qualifications, making inappropriate videos during surgeries, performing different procedures than they agreed to and otherwise botching their care.
One patient went into cardiac arrest during a lengthy procedure in the doctor's Atlanta-based office. When paramedics arrived, they had to wait 30 minutes for the doctor to suture her incision. They were then forced to carry her down the stairs because the office doesn't have elevators large enough for stretchers. She suffered brain damage and now requires round-the-clock care. Another patient suffered a massive infection, renal failure and respiratory failure after undergoing what she believed was a laser liposuction procedure. She was hospitalized for 30 days and later learned the doctor performed surgical liposuction on her. A third patient also received the wrong liposuction procedure and alleges that the doctor dumped her in a random hotel room while she was still sedated.
Attorneys for several patients claim the doctor advertises herself as board certified in both surgery and dermatology, but she is only certified in dermatology. They also point to YouTube videos the doctor posted that show her rapping and dancing while performing surgical procedures on patients. In some of the videos, she is seen without a surgical mask or gloves, which is against infection control protocols.
Doctors who commit surgical errors and other forms of medical malpractice can be sued by patients. If the lawsuits are successful, a court may order the doctor to pay a settlement. Patients could learn more about available legal remedies by contacting a personal injury attorney.