With more and more people choosing to undergo surgery to fight an obesity problem, or to correct a perceived flaw in their appearance, plastic surgery has seen a huge spike in the number of procedures undertaken in the U.S. However, whether it is a stomach stapling or a butt implant or a brain surgery, all surgical procedures carry the risk for complications and for professional mistakes that can amount to medical malpractice.
Unfortunately, this has been the case recently in Florida, where a cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Osakatukei Omulepu, is now facing malpractice lawsuits for botching four different butt lift surgeries over the course of two days in 2015, causing life threatening injuries to his undeserving patients.
Four Botched Treatments in Two Days
The medical malpractice lawsuits now pending against Dr. Omulepu stem from a handful of surgeries he performed on patients last May in Miami. Following through on his advertisements, which claimed that he was “aggressive with liposuction,” Dr. Omulepu repeatedly tore the internal organs of two of his patients, causing infections as well as kidney and respiratory failure. He also improperly administered local anesthesia, which made the bleeding even worse, and raised further complications.
Despite his ads, claiming that he was a specialist in cosmetic surgeries, he was not board certified in plastic surgery.
After finishing the procedure, Dr. Omulepu then discharged both patients to a motel, where they had no way of getting the medical care and oversight necessary even after a successful surgery. One of the victims was found there by her father, bleeding profusely from the operation.
All four of the patients required hospitalization after their cosmetic procedures, lasting from three days to three months, and racking up considerable medical bills, in addition to the charge from Dr. Omulepu.
Malpractice Lawsuits and Administrative Actions Pending
Even worse for the unfortunate victims of his conduct, Dr. Omulepu was not carrying medical malpractice insurance. As a result, the four victims will not be able to recover from an insurance company – only from Dr. Omulepu, himself. As with any lawsuit against an uninsured party, this is often an uphill struggle without a guarantee of success.
Dr. Omulepu, however, is also facing reprimands from the state of Florida. The Department of Health has issued an emergency order to strip him of his ability to legally conduct liposuction and certain cosmetic surgeries, and his ability to practice medicine in the state might come under fire, next.
Medical Malpractice Attorneys in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
The deplorable conduct of Dr. Omulepu towards these unfortunate patients shows just how important medical malpractice attorneys can be. Even if a doctor does not carry malpractice insurance, skilled medical malpractice and personal injury attorneys like those at Gilman & Bedigian know where to look and how to get to the assets that should be used to compensate you for your catastrophic injuries. Contact our law office online or by calling (800) 529-6162.
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