Florida Lawmakers Finally Address Medical Malpractice At Cosmetic Spas

After years of watching women suffer at the hands of poorly regulated cosmetic surgery clinics in Florida, the state legislature is finally enacting some protections for consumers. Just this month, USA Today reported that the Florida State Legislature had passed legislation that would allow the state to punish plastic surgery facilities, shut down the worst offenders, and require the clinics to carry a minimum of $250,000 in medical malpractice insurance coverage.

Incredibly, this is the first law in Florida that even attempts to provide some kind of consumer protections for patients! In fact, it is due to that lack of regulation that Florida has become a magnet for unscrupulous cosmetic surgeons and spas.

The Beregovich Law Firm has been at the forefront of this fight, representing women who have been disfigured and injured by such clinics.

A Start, But Not A Solution

While the legislation is a step in the right direction, time will tell if it protects patients the way it was intended. There is always a possibility that clinics will find loopholes or that the state won’t adequately investigate facilities when an incident occurs.

One glaring omission from the legislation is a requirement to screen owners for criminal records. As it stands now, convicted felons can (and have!) open clinics where women have later died. There’s also a lack of oversight of the doctors performing the procedures, with many having been disciplined or cited for misconduct.

Our medical malpractice attorney, Andres Beregovich, had this to say about the legislation:

“We have a ways to go, but at least this is a start. I’m hopeful that this legislation will open consumers’ and lawmakers’ eyes to the flagrant disregard for patient safety at these clinics and will lead to better oversight and regulation of these facilities. Too many women have suffered at these clinics. It’s time to say enough is enough and get some strong protections in place for consumers. I plan to follow this issue closely and continue to advocate on behalf of patients.”   

Contact The Beregovich Law Firm With Medical Malpractice Questions

If you or a loved one has been injured at a cosmetic clinic or spa, contact The Beregovich Law Firm for advice. We work with people across the country who have been injured at Florida clinics and can advise you on your best course of action.

Call our firm at (800) 631-9009 or contact us online to discuss your situation confidentially.

Can I Sue For Nursing Home Negligence?

Nursing homes are tasked with providing a safe environment for the elderly or infirm. When a resident is injured while in the care of a nursing home or similar facility, it’s natural to wonder if you can hold them responsible for the injury.

In some cases, yes, nursing homes and care facilities can be held liable for a patient’s injury if negligence can be proven. Proving nursing home negligence is complicated and best left in the hands of an experienced nursing home negligence attorney. If you see any signs of negligence or abuse or suspect your loved one isn’t receiving adequate care, contact The Beregovich Law Firm right away to discuss your concerns.

Filing a Lawsuit For Nursing Home Negligence

If a nursing home accepts Medicare (which is most of them), it must follow specific federal regulations that establish a certain standard of care for residents. Those standards generally require that the areas accessible to residents be free of hazards and that each resident receives adequate and appropriate supervision and assistance. Failure to meet these minimum standards of care could lead to charges of negligence, particularly if it can be proven that an accident or injury is a direct result of the lack of care.

There are many, many ways that a nursing home could be charged with negligence. Some examples include:

  • Failing to keep the facility free and clear of hazards.
  • Hiring employees who neglect or abuse residents or failing to provide proper training for employees.
  • Lack of supervision of residents.
  • Failing to keep the facility clean and sanitary.
  • Failing to provide appropriate medical care.

In all of these situations and more it is not enough that a resident is injured on the premises, you must also prove the nursing home’s liability in each situation. This isn’t easy. It can be difficult to determine what led to the accident and who should be held responsible.

Uncovering evidence and proving negligence is a job for a skilled nursing home attorney. Andres Beregovich works with nursing home residents and their families to examine the facts of the situation, determine if negligence occurred, and who should be held responsible. This professional investigation can help injured parties recover damages and can help prevent a similar situation from happening to another person in the future.

If you suspect negligence at a nursing home or care facility, call The Beregovich Law Firm at (800) 631-9009 or email us to arrange a consultation to discuss the situation. We are always available to listen to your concerns and provide an honest assessment of the situation.