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Victim of botched nose job sues for malpractice

A man who had reconstructive surgery on his nose has filed a lawsuit against his surgeon for medical malpractice. The man claims that he has breathing problems as a result of a botched series of operations.

According to the lawsuit, the man decided to have plastic surgery to fix his asymmetrical nose. Although happy with the appearance of his nose after the first operation, the man claims that he developed breathing problems. The man returned to the doctor, who performed several additional surgeries free of charge in an attempt to alleviate the breathing problems.

Ultimately, the surgeon performed a total of 22 surgeries. However, the breathing problems remained. As a result of the excessive number of operations, the man was left with a collapsed nose and a great deal of pain. Currently, the man has to breathe through a tube. Additionally, the man claims that the experience caused him to lose his job and to suffer depression.

According to the man’s attorney, the surgeon was not qualified to perform many of the procedures. Instead of admitting this and advising the man to seek a qualified surgeon, the surgeon merely performed operation after operation in a vain attempt to correct the breathing problem.

Under the law, medical malpractice can occur when a doctor performs a surgery that he or she is not qualified to perform. Such procedures often have serious, sometimes fatal, results. Victims of medical malpractice are entitled to recover damages for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering.

Source: ABC News, "Nose Job Nightmare: Man Sues After 24 Surgeries", Katie Moisse, June 13, 2013

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