Smith v. Davis-Boutte, MD | Medical Malpractice
Atlanta Liposuction Surgery Malpractice Case
This medical malpractice case alleges that dermatologist, Windell Davis-Boutte, MD and her business Boutte Contour Surgery & Dermatology, LLC, negligently performed a liposuction surgery and delayed the diagnosis and treatment of her patient's complications.
A liposuction is a surgical procedure where unwanted fat is removed from a patient. There are various forms of liposuction, including some that use lasers (e.g. SmartLipo©) or ultrasound (vaser liposuction). Regardless of the specific type, special medical instruments, called cannulas, are inserted into the body numerous times to remove the fat.
A failure to diagnose or a delay in diagnosis means that the doctor or his or her staff fail to recognize the problem and get the patient prompt treatment. Such a delay can cause a patient even more harm. Unfortunately, when a medical professional delays a diagnosis, such inaction can be a common cause of medical negligence.
In this case, the complaint alleges that Dr. Boutte hired unqualified staff members to assist during the liposuction. The allegations state that poor surgical technique plus distracted and unqualified staff led to damage to the skin tissues during the surgery.
It is also alleged that this Dr. Boutte hired unlicensed and unqualified staff to handle post-operative concerns the patient had. As a result, it is alleged that the patient's condition worsened due to a delay in treatment. The complaint further alleges that our client suffered unnecessary complications, including sever bruising, bleeding and ultimately, skin death (necrosis).
Our client had to be hospitalized for several days and she was left with extensive and permanent scars and permanent nerve damage.
It is also alleged that Dr. Boutte and her staff performed "regular" liposuction, instead of the laser liposuction that the patient thought she was having. This is alleged as a legal claim for battery.
Under Georgia law, a civil battery arises when a doctor performs a surgery that a patient did not consent to having.
Dr. Boutte and the other Defendants have denied the allegations against them.
If you want to learn more about this case, click the link below to read the publically filed Complaint. If you have any questions or information you want to share about your liposuction malpractice case, you can contact Chloe Dallaire, the lead plaintiff's attorney.
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