Q: Breast reduction potential malpractice inquiry
2 years ago I had a bilateral breast reduction done by a board certified surgeon. My breasts were supposed to be a size D afterwards but are now a large A or small B. Dog ears on both breasts (which I've read can be avoided with proper measurements) & horribly looking scars.
Aside from this I also had complications following surgery and had to go to the ER several times. My surgeon would not get me in to see her despite this until two weeks later for drain removal, which i feel is unethical.
I am wondering wether my case has any potential for pursuing and winning a malpractice lawsuit. I understand size is hard to get right in reductions but a discrepancy of 3 cup sizes seems more than a typical discrepancy. I have absolutely no confidence anymore and hate my body and want them corrected but would the lawsuit money to do so.
I know malpractice for breast surgery is very tricky so I'm hoping someone can tell me wether or not I even remotely have a chance.
A: A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. I'm sorry for your ordeal. It would be difficult for an attorney to answer your question as to "whether you remotely have a chance." Although your description offers details that would be meaningful to a med mal attorney, the fact remains that an attorney would likely need to request your file and consult with a medical professional to evaluate your case. I can't speak for Washington State civil practice, but as a GENERAL matter, rules of civil procedure in many jurisdictions do require some form of certification from a physician (affidavit of merit) attesting to the merits of a case alleging medical malpractice - THAT's what would start to answer your question. Reach out to med mal attorneys in Washington. Most attorneys who handle such cases offer free initial consults. Good luck
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