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Med Spas Without Medical Pros

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I want to address a very disturbing trend that I am seeing emerge in the medical spa world.  Patients are being treated by unqualified office staff at medical spas, with no supervision by any medical professionals.

In my Cosmetic Procedure Injury practice, I have talked to a number of clients that report the same situation. They go to a medical spa for a cosmetic procedure, which they fully except to be performed by a medical professional such as a Physician, Nurse Practitioner, or Physician Assistant but they never actually meet with anyone other than non-medical staff members, who consult with the patients, perform the procedure, and even deal with post-procedure complications. The patient never knows that the person with whom they are dealing is not a medical professional. The office staff wear scrubs and speak authoritatively about the medical procedures. It is not until the patient gets injured and seeks the advice of an experienced attorney that they find out that the person performing the procedure is not licensed to do so.

To protect yourself, you should always check whether the person performing your cosmetic procedure has a Florida medical license with the Board of Medicine or any kind of license with the Department of Business & Professional Regulation.

In Florida, even electrologists who are licensed to work with lasers, to remove unwanted hair, are required to be under the direct supervision of a physician and the physician is required to personally meet with the patient for at least the initial consultation. It is logical that whenever someone is using a medical device to administer a procedure on a patient, they must either have a medical education or be under the close supervision of someone who does.

Unfortunately, as more medical products are becoming available for minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, and cosmetic procedures outside of a plastic surgeon’s office are becoming more popular, physicians are feeling more comfortable delegating the task of administering these procedures to their non-medical staff. Physicians are driven by the money they save on lower-cost staff, which are much cheaper to employ than qualified medical professionals. Many medical spas are owned and managed by non-medical entrepreneurs that do not understand the need for a well-supervised practice, led by a hands-on medical professional.

Many times in my practice, I have seen a single physician “supervise” multiple medical spas around town, where the physician’s sole job is to sign charts without ever seeing a single patient. These absentee supervising physicians are completely oblivious to what is going on in the clinics that they “supervise” and do not know whether the employees performing the medical procedures are following protocol, properly administering the procedures, and adequately advising the patients of their risks.

In our practice, we have seen injuries that have resulted from a variety of cosmetic procedures including, CoolSculpting, lasers, chemical peels, injections of Botox and injections of fillers, just to name a few.

Treating patients without an appropriate license is not only dangerous, it is illegal. If you have been injured after undergoing a cosmetic procedure in a medical spa, call us today to discuss your case with our experienced attorney at 855-554-6534.

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.

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.

 

 

The Law Office of Louiza Tarassova P.A.

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This month we are celebrating our 5th Anniversary at The Law Office of Louiza Tarassova P.A.

Russian Lawyer OrlandoOver the years we have been privileged to serve many clients who have come to us for various legal needs.  We are most proud of the work that we have done for our personal injury and business clients.

It has been a pleasure working with people from all over the world. Over the last five years we have helped people from Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Europe, and other regions of the world that have invested in and run businesses here in Florida.  Our personal injury clients come from various cities in Florida, including Orlando, Miami, Tampa, Jacksonville, Palm Coast and Ft. Lauderdale.

From the very beginning our law firm was established on a simple principle: work hard and be nice to people.  Our priority has always been to take care of our clients in a courteous and professional manner.

Some of our most memorable moments include those that have changed our clients’ lives.  We have handed checks totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars to our personal injury clients, negotiated important business deals, and counseled clients on legal strategies that opened new opportunities for them.

From our humble beginnings in a tiny office, over the years we have expanded into a spacious, open-concept workspace.  Each person that works at our law firm has a passion for helping people and advocating for their rights.  We love our community and cherish our relationships with our vendors, clients, colleagues, and friends of the firm.

Our goal for the next five years is to continue helping people.  We are excited to make significant change in our clients’ lives in the years to come.  We look forward to growing our practice and expanding into new geographic locations.

 

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Hire Personal Injury Attorney – Advantages

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Hire personal injury attorney – advantages

It is beneficial to hire a personal injury attorney.

A lot of people don’t know how much money they are eligible for while submitting personal injury claim. Professional personal injury attorney will be able to take into consideration all minor and major details, evaluate everything, and provide the results.

This includes analyzing injuries, understanding how the insurance companies work, negotiating your accident settlement.

Yоu will not hаvе tо рау аnу оf thе lawyers wоrkіng оn your lаw ѕuіt аhеаd of time. Attorney will ѕtаrt preparing your саѕе, file everything needed аnd dо аll investigations tо gеt thе рrореr еvіdеnсе and рареrwоrk іn оrdеr tо ѕuссеѕѕfullу rерrеѕеnt уоur саѕе іn соurt.

Another аdvаntаgе іѕ, thаt they аrе muсh mоrе lіkеlу tо achieve a hіghеr соmреnѕаtіоn payment, bесаuѕе personal injury attorney will get еvеrуthіng роѕѕіblе оut of the dеаl, bесаuѕе thе hіghеr thе соmреnѕаtіоn, the hіghеr their profit will bе аѕ wеll.

The fact, is thаt аѕ a general rulе оf thumb, personal іn аttоrnеуѕ аnd fіrmѕ dо nоt tаkе cases unlеѕѕ thеу аrе vеrу ѕurе оf wіnnіng thеm аt thе оutѕеt.

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Russian Lawyer Miami

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Russian Lawyer Miami

While looking for Russian lawyer in Miami, take into consideration several factors. Make sure to do your own due diligence before hiring an attorney to represent you.
Do the research online to make sure Russian lawyer is experienced. Check with better business bureau, verify credentials.

There are different types of injuries, and it is best to find Russian lawyer who is an expert in the area you are looking for.

For example, for personal injury attorney, consider how severe your injuries are. Broken bones are painful and inconvenient and you can lose income if you can’t work. But if you have nerve damage, lost an arm or leg or your sight (partially or completely), you will be suffering for the rest of your life.

Yоu might nоt bе able to wоrk again, hаvе to mоdіfу уоur hоmе tо accommodate уоur limitation, оr trаіn fоr a new саrееr. In cases lіkе thіѕ, уоu need an attorney wіth thе experience and skill tо mаkе the іnѕurаnсе company оr person rеѕроnѕіblе for your injuries рау уоu fоr your financial lоѕѕеѕ аѕ wеll as уоur physical suffering аnd inconvenience.

Mаkе ѕurе thаt the аttоrnеу you choose has a gооd track rесоrd, someone who represented their clients and won the cases. A gооd rеѕеаrсh dераrtmеnt within thе firm іѕ аlѕо аn аѕѕеt.

It is іmроrtаnt tо retain Russian lawyer in Miami thаt wіll wоrk fоr you tirelessly. A Pеrѕоnаl Injury Attorney іn Miami саn mаkе ѕurе that you аrе соmреnѕаtеd fоr уоur іnjurіеѕ and рrоtесtеd from futurе financial distress thаt thоѕе іnjurіеѕ mау еvеntuаllу cause.

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Personal Injury – Burns

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Personal Injury-Burns

Personal injury resulting from a spill of hot coffee, tea, soup, or other hot liquid food item is a unique type of injury that requires specific knowledge about burns. In our personal injury practice, we have seen many types of burn cases caused by negligent employees of fast food restaurants and gas stations.

Causes of burns

Persons injured by hot beverages or food items usually complain either that the person serving them the food did not properly secure the container, causing the hot liquid to spill out onto the person expectantly or that the hot liquid was unreasonably hot, causing a much more severe burn than it should have caused.

Many people know about the McDonald’s case in which the jury awarded the plaintiff $2.7 million in punitive damages. The woman suing McDonald’s ordered a hot coffee through the drive-thru and actually spilled the coffee onto her lap after she left the drive-thru area of the restaurant. Her attorney argued that McDonald’s kept its coffee too hot and although it was his client’s own fault that the coffee spilled, her injuries were more severe than they would have been if the beverage was a reasonable temperature.

The unique nature of burn injuries is that at first when the skin is burned, it may not appear to be serious because it takes 24 to 48 hours for the burn to declare itself on the skin. This means that when a person is burned, initially their skin will appear pink and slightly discolored but after several hours pass, the skin begins to blister, redden, and peel. Another interesting attribute to a burn injury is that a second degree burn is excruciating painful while a third degree burn, which is more serious in nature, will not hurt because the skin loses sensitivity when burned deep enough.

Both second and third degree burns can leave permanent scars and discolor the skin. Many times there is nothing a person can do to reverse the effect of a burn.

The medical industry has started to classify burns as partial thickness and full thickness rather than first degree, second degree, and third degree. Therefore, the medical records will differ in description of the injury depending on which physician is recording the injury.

If you have been injured as a result of hot liquid spill, you should seek medical attention immediately. It is important that your injury is recorded, and you are given proper medication and care instructions. You should keep the container in which your hot liquid food or drink was served to you and find out if a surveillance video is available of the incident.

Speaking to a qualified and knowledgeable personal injury attorney is important and should be done as soon as possible so that any evidence can be properly preserved. We have worked with clients that have suffered injuries from burns and can speak to you about your case. Call us today to schedule an appointment with Attorney Louiza Tarassova at 1-855-55-GO-LEGAL.

Why Get Uninsured Motorist Coverage?

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I cannot stress enough the importance of adding Uninsured Motorist (UM) coverage to your auto insurance policy. Paying a little extra for your insurance premium is well worth it. A car accident can have a huge impact on a person’s life and their family’s life.

A serious auto accident can cause an injured driver to be financially ruined.

Under Florida “No Fault” law, a person who is injured in an auto accident at another driver’s fault must first exhaust his or her own Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits before seeking compensation from the at-fault driver. Once those benefits are fully exhausted, then the victim of the car accident can look to the at-fault driver’s Bodily Injury coverage for monetary recovery.

Whenever a client comes to our office with injuries resulting from a car accident, one of the first things we do is find out how much insurance coverage the at-fault driver has. A person that caused the accident can have no insurance, they can have some insurance (low limits) or they can have adequate insurance (high limits). Each person decides how much Bodily Injury insurance they want to pay for depending on how much of their own assets they want to protect. Uninsured Motorist coverage can protect you from situations where the at-fault driver has little or no insurance coverage.  UM also protects you if the at-fault driver simply runs away from the scene of the accident.

What most people do not realize is that they are sharing the road with careless drivers who are underinsured.   The only way to protect yourself is to add Uninsured Motorist coverage to your auto insurance policy.

If you have been involved in a car accident, you should speak to an attorney immediately. An attorney who handles auto accident cases will deal with the insurance companies while you focus on getting better.

Call The Law Office of Louiza Tarassova P.A. today to discuss your auto accident case at 1-855-55-GO-LEGAL.

$250,000 Jury Verdict Awarded Against Pollo Tropical for Careless Packaging of Hot Soup, Severely Burning Woman

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ORLANDO, Florida. On June 2, 2016, after a three day trial, a jury returned a verdict of $250,000 for a young woman who suffered second-degree burns to her inner thighs and genital area when a bowl of hot “Caribbean” soup fell through the bottom of a paper bag and spilled on her lap at a Pollo Tropical drive-thru. The young woman’s attorney argued that Pollo Tropical should have used a plastic bag to serve the hot soup to-go.

Witnesses testified that the hot soup was served straight out of the kettle and within seconds was on the young woman’s lap. The drive-thru attendant that served the hot soup stated that she was never trained to use a plastic bag to package hot soup for customers and regularly saw other employees serving hot soup in paper bags.

Almost a year prior to this incident, another young woman complained to Pollo Tropical that she was seriously burned when the hot chicken soup suddenly fell through the bottom of a paper bag minutes after she received it from Pollo Tropical. The soup spilled on her, causing second-degree burns to her inner thigh. In that case, the young woman had to have her pants surgically removed at the emergency room because the heat of the soup melted her skin to the fabric of her pants. She claimed that she sustained permanent scaring as a result.

Pollo Tropical is not the only fast food chain guilty of carelessly serving hot soup in paper bags. Many restaurants do the same, failing to understand the danger. When the paper bag becomes wet, it begins to disintegrate silently as it makes its way to the customer. Restaurant chains like Pollo Tropical have an obligation to ensure that their employees serve food in a safe manner. Taking the extra step of placing the order in a plastic bag can make the difference between a spoiled lunch and a ruined body.

The injured woman’s attorney, Louiza Tarassova notes that the most frustrating aspect of this case has been Pollo Tropical’s arrogance.

“From the beginning Pollo Tropical did not take my client’s claims seriously and did not have any sympathy for the pain and suffering that resulted from its negligence.”

Pollo Tropical never acknowledged any wrongdoing and never apologized to the young woman.

Louiza Tarassova, the attorney that represented the young woman at trial graduated from Stetson College of Law and has her own legal practice in Orlando, Florida. Her law firm focuses primarily on litigating personal injury cases against large corporations.

For more information please contact The Law Office of Louiza Tarassova, P.A. at info@mylawadvocate.com or call 407-622-1885.

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