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Man pleads guilty in case of unlicensed surgeries in New York

Mentioned previously on our blog is the case of two men who recruited clients at a spa in Queens and provided cosmetic medical procedures. Here is an update on that case. According to the New York Attorney General's office, one man pled guilty to performing unlicensed cosmetic surgeries on women. Unfortunately, surgical error is inevitable in cases like these.

The incident includes two men, who do not have medical licenses, and one licensed doctor. The men were charged in April of this year. All three were charged with performing surgical procedures without using anesthesia and permanently disfiguring the patients.

The women were enticed by the low prices of these difficult surgical procedures. The New York Attorney General indicated that the defendant disregarded the women's health and safety in order to make money.

The man who pled guilty admitted that he and his partner solicited patients at a spa in Queens. He also admitted to performing these medical procedures in Connecticut and Manhattan.

The sentence is six months prison time. The man must also pay restitution in the amount of $8,000 to the victims of the procedures. The second man is still at large. However, the trial against him and the licensed physician is pending.

Patients who suffer injury because of medical malpractice on the part of a doctor or surgeon are eligible to recover damages and restitution. Performing surgery without a medical license is not only negligent but it is a criminal act. Victims injured as a result of this type of behavior may be able to claim extensive damages in the form of medical and recovery expenses and pain and suffering. This is especially true for those with serious patient injury such as permanent disfigurement or disability.

Source: Businessinsider.com, "Phony Plastic Surgeon Pleads Guilty To Disfiguring Unsuspecting Patients," Aleksi Tzatzev, Sept. 7, 2012

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