The parents of an 18-year old who died as a result of a negligent liposuction procedure were awarded $20.5 million on Friday by a Philadelphia jury. The young girl died two days after undergoing lipsuction during which a blood vessel in her neck was severed. Despite falling oxygen levels, the surgeon did not call an ambulance until the patient was near death, after almost 2 1/2 hours in the office. A copy of an article regarding the case can be found here.
I handled a case just like this where a woman went into cardiac arrest at a plastic surgeon’s office and subsequently died. It was a tragedy, especially considering the fact that the surgery was elective. In the cases, it is critical to look at the type of anesthesia that was used and whether it was administered by a qualifed health care provider.