Franklin, Ohio, residents might be interested in this news report of a lawsuit against Opulence Aesthetic Medicine and its parent company, CLJ Healthcare LLC, for the wrongful death of a 37-year-old woman in February, followed by a second in June. The case focuses on the 37-year-old woman, as it was her father filing the suit.
According to the reports, the 37-year-old woman went to Opulence Aesthetic Medicine for cosmetic surgery in Kennesaw, GA., for a liposuction treatment. The lawsuit claims that the woman’s vital signs were not taken prior to the surgery. Allegedly, there were no nurses in the room at the time of the operation, and the 37-year-old was not placed on a cardiac monitor.
During the surgery, her father believes that propofol was administered by placing a rag in the woman’s mouth. The propofol administration was not recorded in records, according to the documents. At one point during the operation, the doctor allegedly pierced the woman’s liver with a trocar.
Shortly after the surgery, the woman showed signs of having a seizure, according to the reports, and went into respiratory arrest. The woman’s father claims that the doctor did not call 911 immediately, but instead waited ten minutes before making the call. She was dead on arrival when she arrived at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital shortly thereafter, according to the complaint from the plaintifff.
A death is a difficult thing for a family to bear, and it is particularly hard when it could have been prevented. If this doctor is found to have been guilty of everything claimed in the case, he will have violated many rules and regulations of medical facilities. If you believe that you’ve been the victim of medical malpractice or think you have lost a loved one due to negligence, make sure to seek legal advice so that you understand your potential right to compensation.
Courthouse News Service, “Two Women Dead After Liposuction, Police Say” Lisa Coston, Aug. 09, 2013