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Tailoring Your Freedom to Practice

Protection on Elected Procedures

A cosmetic physician performed an analogous fat transfer procedure successfully. Their patient acknowledged and signed off on an “Informed Patient Consent” form, that stated that the patient should refrain from going in a hot tub or swimming for at least 30 days after the procedure. The patient did swim and as a result, developed complications from…

Patient had to seek further medical treatment to remediate, and incurred medical bills in excess of $68,000.

…cross contamination and injection infection. Patient had to seek further medical treatment to remediate, and incurred medical bills in excess of $68,000. Patient submitted bills to her health insurance company, who denied the claims because they were relative to an elective, cosmetic type procedure. Patient is now demanding the cosmetic physician reimburse her for the medical expenses. Obviously the cosmetic physician is denying this based on the grounds that the patient violated the informed consent agreement. Unfortunately, a lawsuit may still be filed to recover her additional medical expenses associated with the procedure.