Woman Arrested for Posing as Doctor, Disfigurement
Would you let an unlicensed doctor perform a surgical procedure on your nose or any other part of your body? You likely answered “no,” and for good reason. Any qualified medical professional should have a license showing that they meet the requirements to practice medicine. Otherwise, they can cause medical negligence, which can seriously harm patients.
A Florida man is upset after getting a botched rhinoplasty. The 56-year-old woman who performed the procedure was not licensed to practice medicine in Florida. The patient did not know this until after the fact.
The woman, from Miami-Dade, was arrested in Doral on March 11. She faces multiple charges, including practicing medicine without a license and resisting a police officer. The arrest happened after a man contacted police in February, claiming that he had a rhinoplasty performed at a surgical center in Doral. He paid $2,000 for the surgery, but it ended up getting botched, leaving his nose deformed.
The man was awake when the woman performed the first rhinoplasty procedure at Millennium Antiaging & Surgery Center. The man got a second rhinoplasty about three months later and paid $800. Again, he was awake during the procedure.
The man realized that after several months, his nose was not healing. In fact, it even looked deformed. He contacted the woman to get her license and medical malpractice insurance information, but she refused to provide it. That was when the man reported the woman to police, who subsequently arrested her.
What Happens Next?
Practicing medicine without a license is a form of medical malpractice. It is illegal in all 50 states and can result in both criminal and civil penalties. A person convicted of this crime can face up to eight years in prison as well as hefty fines.
The victim in this case did the right thing. Those who have been treated by an unlicensed “doctor” should report the person to local law enforcement. This is important, since practicing medicine without a license is a serious crime. Hopefully, police will act quickly to arrest the offender and keep them from “treating” other patients.
A victim can also sue for damages in civil court. The lack of a license is powerful proof of medical negligence, since the person was clearly not credentialed to practice medicine on the patient. If the patient is injured due to the medical negligence, that can be enough to justify punitive damages. That’s because unauthorized practice is considered fraud.
Seek Help for Your Medical Malpractice Case
It’s always a good idea to check a doctor’s credentials before agreeing to any type of surgical procedure. A doctor who has been accused of medical malpractice or has no license at all can cause serious harm and even death.
Medical malpractice cases can be complex, so let the Dade City & Zephyrhills medical malpractice attorneys at Mander Law Group guide you through the process and help you obtain the compensation you deserve. To schedule a confidential consultation today, call (800) 557-0411 or fill out the online form.