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Uninsured Discount Surgeons A Threat To Public Health

Outpatient cosmetic surgery is a popular health trend in Florida, but the ease of access hides a darker side: uninsured doctors and patient injuries.

The Beregovich Law Firm recently represented a patient who suffered severe injuries after a botched Brazilian Butt Lift procedure. Our client underwent a routine outpatient procedure but, afterwards, experienced loss of feeling in her arms and legs and eventually paralysis. After being rebuffed by the cosmetic surgeon several times and told that her troubles were just side effects of anesthesia, she visited a neurologist who confirmed that the patient had suffered a stroke; she was then hospitalized for a month and spent some time in ICU. Today, she lives with memory loss, panic attacks, and anxiety while still navigating the changes in her body.

The clinic that botched her procedure and follow-up care is still in business with seemingly no repercussions!

Booking Procedures Show Disregard For Patient Health

One of the most astonishing things we discovered during our case was that consultations and booking procedures do not typically involve meeting with the surgeon who will do the procedure – or any surgeon at all for that matter. This presents a huge risk for patients who are entrusting their lives to these surgeons. With little to no pre-procedure health checks in place, patients are pacing an awful lot of trust in a doctor they’ve never met in person.

Lack Of Malpractice Insurance Limits Patient Options

What is equally alarming to our Orlando and Miami personal injury attorney is the knowledge that Florida does not require physicians to carry medical malpractice insurance. So, not only are these discount cosmetic surgery clinics not providing surgical consultations prior to performing procedures but the doctors may not be carrying any kind of malpractice or liability insurance to protect themselves against lawsuits brought by injured patients.

Does this affect the patient’s ability to sue for damages? Absolutely! Many personal injury attorneys will not bring a lawsuit against an uninsured doctor because the potential payout is usually less than what they could recover against an insured doctor.

This puts patients at a disadvantage, making it harder for them to find a Florida personal injury attorney to represent them and help them secure financial recompense for their injuries. The Beregovich Law Firm is different. We represent patients in all types of medical malpractice lawsuits whether the doctor carries insurance or not.

If you have been injured as a result of a medical or cosmetic procedure and want to know if you are entitled to compensation for your injuries, contact The Beregovich Law Firm at (800) 631-9009 or email us today to arrange a consultation with our Florida medical malpractice attorney.

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Yes, It Is Possible To Recover Damages From Uninsured Doctors In Florida

When injured patients learn that physicians in Florida are not required to carry medical malpractice insurance, they often feel anger and despair at the thought that they won’t be able to sue the physician for medical malpractice and will have to cover the costs of their injury themselves.

This isn’t entirely accurate. While it is true that physicians do not have to carry medical malpractice insurance, if they chose not to they must demonstrate that they have the financial ability to pay for malpractice and liability lawsuits. They usually have an escrow account that holds the funds to cover these costs.

Lack Of Liability Insurance Requirements Hurts Patients

This approach of not requiring doctors to carry malpractice insurance may make it more affordable for doctors to stay in business but it’s at the expense of their patients. Not only does this practice make it easier for dangerous physicians to continue to practice even after they’ve injured someone, it makes it harder for injured patients to recover damages from the physician.

Yes, a victim can still pursue a lawsuit against a doctor even if he or she does not carry liability or malpractice insurance. The trouble comes in finding a qualified personal injury attorney to take the case. We’ve all heard the jokes that lawyers are just in it for the money and will turn away cases that don’t pay them well. I’m embarrassed and disappointed to report that this is very often true – especially in cases where there isn’t an insurance company to go after.

Physicians who are backed by an insurance company look like big dollar signs to unscrupulous attorneys. These attorneys know they can get a bigger payout for their patients (and themselves!) when an insurance company is involved than they can get when the doctor’s “financial responsibility” is an escrow account.

There Are Attorneys Who Will Represent Victims

If you have been injured in a medical procedure, keep looking for an attorney and don’t give up hope of achieving a settlement. There are personal injury attorneys who will represent victims of medical malpractice in Florida – regardless of whether or not the doctor carries medical malpractice insurance.

Andres Beregovich is one of those attorneys. Mr. Beregovich is an advocate for patient rights and works with people who have been injured by a doctor, clinic, or hospital regardless of whether or not there is a malpractice insurance policy involved. We believe that all injuries deserve legal scrutiny so the victims can better move on with their lives.

If you believe you have suffered an injury due to a doctor’s negligence, contact us at (800) 631-9009 or via email today to arrange a consultation with a Florida medical malpractice attorney.