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Father and Son Plastic Surgeons Continue After Botched Surgeries

Posted by Briggs Bedigian | Jun 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

In June 2016, we wrote about a father and son plastic surgery office facing multiple complaints of medical malpractice after allegedly botching breast surgeries for more than 150 women. After so many complaints, the victims would hope that the two doctors would no longer be practicing. 

Unfortunately for the victims, 4 years later, the Florida Board of Medicine is allowing them to continue practicing. In the meantime, the doctors have now amassed at least 264 complaints and malpractice lawsuits. 

Years of Breast Implants Surgery Complaints

For decades, Doctor Loren Clayman and Doctor Mark Clayman operated their medical practice in Jacksonville, Florida.  Some of the patients may have been drawn to the doctors based on their ads which offered services like breast augmentation in a spa-like environment. Their location was eventually shut down after 264 of their clients were involved in medical malpractice lawsuits but they later opened a new practice. 

The patients complained of pain, disfiguring scars, disfigured breasts, and requiring multiple surgeries. Many of the patients had difficulty coming forward with the lawsuits because they felt ashamed and embarrassed. That was in 2016. However, the doctors still continue to operate on patients, leading to more complaints. 

Medical License After Hundreds of Complaints

A complaint was filed with the Florida Department of Health, which indicated the Clayman's failed to keep proper patient records, including patient complaints, patient history, and patient medical history. However, earlier this year, the Florida Department of Health reached a proposed settlement that did little to protect future patients from pain and disfigurement at the hands of the doctors. 

Plastic surgery victims still continue to complain about botched breast augmentation surgery and malpractice lawsuits have continued against the doctors. The proposed settlement would require a $5,000 fine, the doctors to take continuing education courses on ethics, and reimburse the state for the investigation. 

Three more lawsuits against the doctors filed in April, June, and September of 2019 claimed that after the patients complained about problems with the operation, the doctors claimed the implants were defective and were paid by the implant manufacturer for additional surgeries. However, the lawsuit claims the implants had no defects and the multiple surgeries were unnecessary. 

From 2008 through 2015, the Claymans' practice used about 11,000 pairs of Allergan implants. Over that same period, the center made 5,118 warranty claims for problematic implants. Allergan paid the Claymans' for the follow-up surgeries for those claims. 

Breast Augmentation Surgery Risks

Breast augmentation surgery, also called mammoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that generally uses implants to enhance the size of the breasts or to restore the breasts after injury or surgical procedures like mastectomies (breast removal).

There are a number of risks associated with breast implant surgery, like all surgeries. Risks of breast augmentation procedures include: 

  • Uneven implants or breast size
  • Leaking implants
  • Infection
  • Loss of sensation in breasts or nipples
  • Skin wrinkling
  • Scarring
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Pain
  • Multiple surgeries to replace implants

Some of these risks are a hazard of undergoing a surgical procedure. However, some of the injury and damage caused by a botched surgery are due to medical malpractice. If you have any questions about complications after breast implant surgery, a skilled medical malpractice attorney can help you understand your rights. 

Surgical Malpractice Claims in Philadelphia

If you or a loved one suffered complications after breast surgery requiring multiple procedures, talk to experienced Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers. The skilled medical malpractice attorneys at Gilman & Bedigian fight to get compensation for injured patients. Contact our law office online or by calling (800) 529-6162.

About the Author

Briggs Bedigian

H. Briggs Bedigian (“Briggs”) is a founding partner of Gilman & Bedigian, LLC.  Prior to forming Gilman & Bedigian, LLC, Briggs was a partner at Wais, Vogelstein and Bedigian, LLC, where he was the head of the firm's litigation practice.  Briggs' legal practice is focused on representing clients involved in medical malpractice and catastrophic personal injury cases. 

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