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Injecting Too Many Units Results in Injuries

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First of all, I want to start by saying that I personally think that injectable cosmetic procedures are great. Botox and Dysport can effectively relax wrinkle-prone areas of the face and give eyebrows a slight and happy lift. Dermal fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane (or any other brand name) can dramatically enhance lips and fill deep wrinkle lines. If done correctly and with utmost care, injectables can keep both men and women looking young and feeling great about the aging process. Injectables can also creatively solve many cosmetic concerns (such as filling deep acne scars) without the need for invasive plastic surgery.

BUT… I want to address a serious problem that I see as an attorney handling cosmetic procedure injury cases. Upselling units.

This is the general scenario:

A patient makes an appointment at a med spa or a doctor’s office to find out more information about an injectable product. The patient’s intention is to collect information about the procedure such as the risks that should be considered, the amount of units necessary, the cost of the procedure, the difference between products on the market, etc. Although the patient is open minded about undergoing the procedure, their intention is to consult with a knowledgable professional before doing so. When the patient gets to the office, they are met by pushy staff that pressure the patient into undergoing the procedure immediately. Sometimes, the office even has a promotional rate for buying more injectable product (more units). At the time of the consultation, no actual  information about the product is provided. The patient still has many questions about the cosmetic procedure they are about to undergo. The patient ends up purchasing more units of the injectable product than they actually need. And the injector proceeds to over-inject the patient with too much product, causing lasting injuries.

Over-selling units of injectable product leads to injuries. It is a reckless practice and in my opinion, simply unethical. Med spas and doctors’ offices are incentivized to sell more units because they charge by the unit. The more units they sell, the more profit they make!

Injecting too much filler can result in arterial occlusion, cutting off blood supply to the skin and causing the skin tissue to die (necrosis). Injecting too much botulinum or injecting it in places that do not need it, can cause loss of muscle function, drooping lids or eyebrows, and even double vision. Some consequences of over-injecting resolve over time, while others have permanent effects.

Most people trust their injectors and believe that the injector will act in their best interest. And many injectors do a great job of caring first and foremost about their patient’s health and happiness. But, unfortunately in my practice I have seen a number of examples where profits take priority over a person’s well-being.

Therefore, it is always wise to do your own research. Check out reviews about the clinic and the product before making an appointment. Write down your questions and make sure you get clear answers to every single one before agreeing to the procedure.  And most importantly, if you feel confused or uncertain about something, do not be afraid to say “let me think about it” and go home.

 

Low Medical Bills Do Not Mean Small Personal Injury

By | Cosmetic Injury, Litigation, Negotiation, Personal Injury, Settlement | No Comments

I have had substantial success in securing high personal injury settlements in cases with low medical bills. But even when the injury is unarguably substantial, it is a challenge to get the defendant or the insurance carrier to see the value of the case. I am also aware that many personal injury attorneys are reluctant to take cases where the economic losses (hospital bills, wage losses, etc.) are low or non-existent. In fact, I have had several clients come to me for help with their serious personal injury cases after the big firms passed on them because of “low medicals.”

The truth of the matter is that how an insurance carrier assesses a personal injury case is completely different from how the jury will evaluate the case. Insurance companies do not seem to look at the factors a jury would normally consider first. Adjusters are robotic in the way they appraise a personal injury case. They first want to know the amount of economic losses. They want to see a track record of the injured person seeking treatment. Then, the adjuster will normally offer an amount of compensation directly related to that amount. In my negotiations with the insurance companies I often hear, “but your client doesn’t have that many medical bills, this is not a six-figure case.”

But what if the injury is bad, and nothing but time can heal it? What if no amount of medical treatment will speed up the healing process?

Unlike the robots at the insurance company, a jury will consider the nature of the injury first. They don’t care if the injured plaintiff  paid the ER  a $100 co-pay or still owes a $70,000 bill. They consider how the injury has impacted the plaintiff’s life and whether the conduct of the defendant was negligent. Normal people do not work off of formulas, they make decisions based on the circumstances and facts surrounding the situation.

There are many serious injuries which simply cannot be resolved with medical treatment. For example, second-degree burns. Any emergency room physician will agree that burn treatment is limited in the second-degree stage. The skin is scorched and the pain is agonizing but the patient will be sent home after being treated with a simple topical cream and some pain killers. This means that the economic losses are low. I won a jury trial on this type of injury and my client was awarded $250,000 for pain and suffering and $593 for her past medical bills, because that is all the treatment cost her.

Another example of a case I successfully resolved was a skin infection case. There, a young woman contracted impetigo after visiting a local med spa to for a chemical peel. The medicals were low, because other than an inexpensive prescription, only time could heal the scars. That botched cosmetic procedure case also had to be aggressively litigated before the parties came to a favorable settlement.

A large number of personal injury cases in which I achieved great results for my clients did not have high medical bills or wage losses. Therefore, low medical bills in a personal injury case does not mean low compensation! But, you do have to be willing to file a lawsuit and get ready for a trial.

Medical Device Injury – Inherent Conflict of Interest

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With the demand to stay looking young through minimally invasive cosmetic procedures medical spas (or med spas) are a great alternative to a plastic surgeon. These establishments may provide both medical and non-medical treatments to their clients and can be very lucrative to own. Med spas are expected to provide the most innovative technology to their patients and may offer services such as non-invasive fat reduction, laser hair removal, dermabrasion, laser tattoo removal, and even vaginal rejuvenation. Most of these types of cosmetic procedures are performed with medical devices. As a result, medical device manufacturers pursue med spas to sell their machines and systems to them, promising a huge return on their investment.

Yet, the purchase of a medical device comes with an inherent risk of conflict of interest. First and foremost the owner of the med spa may not necessary be a licensed medical professional. In our experience of representing clients who have been injured while undergoing a cosmetic procedure, most of the clinics were owned by businessmen and women, not licensed doctors, nurse practitioners or physician assistants. This creates a big problem in how the medical services which they provide to their patients are viewed. Business people view the sale of services as money making opportunities. In the case of med spas they just happen to be selling medical services. Therefore, any risk of adverse effects of a cosmetic procedure may be downplayed or simply not disclosed to the patients to ensure that the patient buys the services.

Secondly, regardless of who owns the med spa, medical devices are an expensive investment, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars. Med spas are pressured to sell enough services to get a return on their investment.  Therefore, any information regarding the risk of a procedure could discourage a patient from undergoing it, thereby leaving the med spa an unable to cover the cost of the device and profit therefrom.

We have represented clients who were  pressured into undergoing a cosmetic procedure after going into a med spa for a simple consultation. The staff selling these medical services are usually not medical professionals but trained sales people. They are trained to highlight and focus on the potential benefits of the procedure and downplay the procedure’s risks of injury.

Unfortunately, in some cases, the risk of suffering a permanent and serious injury is not worth the relatively small potential benefits of the cosmetic procedures.  But only the medical professionals administering these procedures know the truth.

If you have been injured as the result of undergoing a cosmetic procedure with a medical device such as Scarlet SRF, MAGMA, FormaTK, Agnes RF, NeoGen PSR, Viveve, ADVATx, vFit PLUS, CoolSculpting, you may be entitled to compensation for your injury. Call our attorney today at 407-622-1885 to discuss your case for free.

Did you know your risks before undergoing your Cosmetic Procedure?

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You have the right to be informed about any and all adverse effects of your cosmetic procedure before you decide to do it. Your cosmetologist, aesthetician, esthetician, nurse practitioner, physician assistant or a doctor should tell you about the risk of being injured, regardless of how small it may be.

Everyone wants to look good and it is absolutely normal to want to improve or even completely alter your appearance with the help of a cosmetic professional. Today there are many options, from simple and routine beauty adjustments such as facials to the more intense cosmetic procedures that involve a visit to a medical spa and the help of a medical professional. Yet almost every cosmetic procedure has a potential risk of adverse side effects, some which may be serious and permanent.  Therefore, understanding your risks of a cosmetic procedure is very important to your decision making process.

We have seen cases where our clients have gone in for “light” chemical peels and got infections and chemical burns because the person performing the cosmetic procedure failed to properly inform them about the risks of the procedure and failed to give them important pre and post procedure instructions (such as staying out of the sun and avoiding certain beauty products for days before and after the peel), which raise the risk of infection and post treatment burns.

Before you agree to undergo a cosmetic procedure, your provider must take time to explain everything you need to know about the procedure. Full information about the procedure must be provided before your payment for the procedure is taken and the procedure begins. Whether it is a chemical peel, facial, dermal filler injection (such as Juvederm, Restylane, Sculptra, Bellafill, Aquamid, Elevess, Captique, Hylaform, Perlane, Prevelle, Puragen) Botox injection, laser hair removal, CoolSculpting or other fat reduction method, or any other popular cosmetic procedure, you have the right to be informed. You should never feel pressured to undergo any cosmetic procedure and you have the right to go home and think about it.

If you suffered an adverse side effect (injury) from a cosmetic procedure which your provider did not discuss with you prior to the procedure, you may be entitle to compensation. Our law office focuses a large portion of our work on helping people who have been injured after undergoing cosmetic procedures. Call us today at 407-622-1885 to discuss your case for free.

Personal Injury Lawyer Serving Panama City FL

By | Auto Accidents, car accident attorney, car accident lawyer, Cosmetic Injury, Litigation, Personal Injury | No Comments

Personal Injury Clients in Panama City, Destin, and the Panhandle Area of Florida

Our Personal Injury clients live all over the State of Florida and we are happy to help injured people who live in Panama City, Destin, and the Panhandle Area of Florida. We recently settled a North Florida case (Destin, Florida) where a young woman was injured when she was hit by a car while riding her bicycle. The young woman who was involved an auto accident was initially offered a low settlement amount by the insurance adjuster. She call our Florida Personal Injury law firm to discuss the value of her case. She quickly realized that her injuries were worth much more compensation and retained our law firm to represent her in her personal injury case. We were able to obtain compensation for her that she did not expect. She was very grateful for Attorney Louiza Tarassova’s diligent work.

Like any other industry, rather than opting for a generic “one size fits all” law firm, it’s often advisable to select a specialist which has a good track record of dealing with the particular area of law that you need. But with such as large choice of legal services out there, how does one find the right law firm which deals with peculiar cases?

The Law Office of Louiza Tarassova is a personal injury law firm managed by a Russian Attorney and can provide services in Panama city, FL. This is a personal injury law firm that works towards achieving one primary goal: to help people. We pride ourselves in successfully fighting for our clients’ rights and obtaining substantial compensation for their injuries.

Our law firm is owned by a woman, a Russian-Speaking lawyer who provides our clients compassion, empathy and understanding while zealously and aggressively representing them in court. Personal injury law is her passion, and she excels at negotiating high settlements and litigating cases in jury trials.

Consultation is free and you do not pay unless we win your case! Contact us today!

Why You Need to Hire a Car Accident Lawyer

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If you were involved in a car accident, you need a qualified personal injury lawyer in order to obtain the fairest compensation for your injuries. Although many insurance adjusters appear to be interested in paying for your medical bills and would like you to believe that they are cooperating with you and care about your car accident injuries, you must remember that they do not want to pay you the highest settlement to which you are legally entitled. In addition to past medical bills, you are entitled to the value of your future medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other economic and non-economic losses. Most times, a car accident attorney can successfully obtain a settlement that is many times higher than the insurance adjuster’s initial offer.

Our car accident attorney represents clients from all over Florida and negotiates car accident claims on a daily basis. She takes car accident cases to court if she does not obtain the best settlement fo her clients. She understand the importance of ensuring that persons who were injured in an auto accident have enough money to pay for future rehabilitation and medical expenses. Additionally, she understands that a permanent accident injury will continue to affect a person’s life long after the accident. Good compensation for pain and suffering is just as important to obtain as payment for medical bills.

You should contact a car accident attorney to discuss your specific case and understand your legal rights.

Call us today for a free consultation at 1-855-554-6534.

 

 

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Car Accident Russian Lawyer Miami

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Car Accident Russian Lawyer Miami

Car accident Russian lawyer Miami – important factors to consider before hiring car accident attorney.

Accident claims are all unique. Every case has its particulars and personal situations. There are different damages involved in car accidents that need to be evaluated to determine the damages.

Every attorney is different. Some attorneys may be very effective in general aspects of negligence claims, but have a little experience in some other areas.

Compensatory damages for the property can be simple to calculate. Personal injuries sometimes include pain and suffering component. This amount can be complicated to calculate. So it is important to hire a professional and knowledgeable car accident attorney.

It is important to hire a reputable and experienced attorney.

Check what type of cases attorney takes. Make sure the attorney has experience in injury claims. Check credentials and which organizations this attorney is registered with.

Usually reputable attorneys will be registered in several state legal associations. A lot of clients would also write a review about their previous experiences. The Internet can be an excellent source to get a lot of information about the attorney and clients that this attorney had before. Learn more about personal injury lawyers.

An experienced attorney will know which paperwork to file and where. The law firm will make sure that all claims are filed against all negligent parties. It is important to take into consideration both physical injury and property. Most of the time settlement is negotiable. An attorney should know how to leverage the situation.

Do the research, have a consultation with attorney to determine if the attorney is right for your case.
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Personal Injury Lawyer Orlando-FL

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Personal Injury Lawyer Orlando, FL

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There are many personal injury lawyers, but it is important to find the one who is experienced and will be dedicated to your case.

Compensation for personal injury lawyers depends on a number of things such as time, energy, case difficulty, outcome, lawyer’s experience and other associated costs of the case.

The lawyer will give the plaintiff some payment options such as flat fees, contingency fees, hourly rates, and retainers.

The common one is the contingency fee, which protects the client as it is pegged to the success of the case.  The lawyer will receive a percentage of the amount awarded if the case is successful or there is a settlement.  Getting a personal injury lawyer can be a bit challenging, hence you need to ask around for recommendations or Google for the best lawyers.

However, you need to consider the following when choosing one:

Credentials- how long has he been in practice, has he worked on other similar cases as yours and how many cases has he won. He should also have a good reputation.

Location- the lawyer should be in the state that you were injured. An attorney needs to know the law of the state where you reside.

Comfort level- you should be comfortable telling the lawyer of your case, and he/she should be interested in solving your case.  He should be well groomed and looks professional with his office well organized.

How busy is the lawyer- what is s case load, will he handle the case alone or he will involve someone else?

Cost- how is the payment options and can he estimate the cost of your case. He should give you a detailed structure so that you can approve or disapprove. If the case is on a contingency fee basis, what is the percentage that the lawyer will take?

 

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Personal Injury Lawyer Orlando

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Personal Injury Lawyer Orlando

Who is a personal injury lawyer? A personal injury lawyer in Orlando is a civil litigator who legally represents a person who alleges physical or psychological injury which can be as a result of negligence or wrongful act from another person, organization, or other entity.

They are also known as trial lawyers or plaintiff lawyers and their primary goal is to help the person receive compensation for the losses such as emotional distress, pain and suffering, loss of companionship or consortium, loss of earnings, legal costs and attorney fees and this is from the person who has hurt them.

Personal injury lawyers have specialized in a legal area known as tort law where the main goal is to make whole the injured party and to discourage others from committing the same offense. Tort law includes civil or private injuries or wrongs and includes defamation and breach of contract.

To successfully practice this law, one has to pass the bar exams, and these will vary from state to state, and then they are admitted to the bar before representing a client.

The personal injury lawsuits are complex, hence a personal injury lawyer may choose to specialize in a particular type of cases. Some of the duties of a personal injury lawyer include:

  • File complaints in court
  • Investigate claims
  • Gather evidence
  • Screening and evaluating potential clients and the merits of the case presented to them.
  • Formulating legal theories
  • Interview and deposing witnesses
  • Trial and legal document preparation
  • Argue cases
  • Counseling clients

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Personal Injury Attorney – Advantages

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Personal Injury Attorney – Advantages

There are many advantages to hiring personal injury attorney. If personal injury occurs, hire an attorney that specializes in that area of law and has experience. It can be very overwhelming when an injury happens. Most people don’t know what to do first and how to file paperwork.

In this case, personal injury attorney can help. Professional personal injury lawyer knows the rules and regulations.

Most people don’t even know what kind of compensation they might receive after the claim. But an attorney understands the process and all details of each case.

Another advantage is personal injury is more likely to get a higher compensation payment. A professional lawyer will get everything possible done to get the best deal possible.

A good general rule of thumb, professional attorneys won’t take the case unless they are very sure of winning them at the outset.

Some depending on the case, some injury cases can win a lot of money. Do the research before hiring an attorney. It is important to know that the lawyer you hire has expertise in that area of law. Do some research online about the attorney, make sure there are no lawsuits against the attorney. Learn more about personal injury lawyer

Going into a fight against insurance company can be like going into a battle. So having an attorney that will represent you, will relieve a lot of stress. You will feel more confident having a professional lawyer always by your site, being able to know the answers to all the questions.

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