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Essential Questions to Discuss with your Plastic Surgeon

You already have an appointment with your plastic surgery expert witness. Now you are thinking what questions you should ask before the process begins. Many patients feel embarrassed when it comes to their concerns, but thoroughly understanding everything is important. It is an authority given to the patients to ensure their safety and to gain trust for their surgeon.

There are many factors to consider when making important decisions, especially when it comes to surgery. You have to obtain full knowledge of your surgeon’s skills, experience and credentials.

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So, we have listed the essential questions that should be discussed with your plastic surgeon prior to the surgery.

  • What does it mean to be a board certified plastic surgeon?

Plastic surgeons who are board certified  are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). This indicates that a surgeon has completed highly specialized training and is committed to perform excellence in his field. This allows surgeons to operate in accredited medical facilities following the given code of ethics in handling their patients. You can verify your surgeons at abplsurg.org, but also do consider that there are other certifying boards and medical societies, which you can look for.

  • How many successful procedures have you done already?

It’s essential to know how experienced your plastic surgeon is when it comes to performing your chosen procedure. It’s typically better to work with a surgeon who has successfully completed that procedure in the past. Often people don’t really have the guts to ask this question because they think that it is rude. But, that’s the only way for you to learn about this. And to give you a guarantee that you are in the hands of an experienced surgeon.

  • Are there any alternatives to my plastic surgery?

At times surgery is not the only way for you to achieve your desired results. There are now several non-surgical procedures and treatments that you may consider. Most plastic surgeons will provide you with other considerable alternatives along with the risk and benefits that come with it.

  • What are the things I need to do to prepare for my surgery?

You can specifically ask about the things you should do to prepare yourself for the surgery. Some surgeons require losing weight, not smoking or drinking alcoholic drinks, following a specific diet plan or some medication intake. It’s important to follow your surgeon’s direction for a successful surgery.

  • What are risks and complications associated with this surgery?

It’s important to discuss potential risks and complications with your surgeon. This is to give you an overview of what can happen after the surgery. Your surgeon is responsible for disclosing this information with you, to ensure your comfort, safety and clarity in decision-making.

Remember that it is important to ask your plastic surgeon these questions to achieve the results your desired results in a safe way. Through these questions you will also be able to evaluate your surgeon before making an final decision.

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The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

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New study reveals 5 determinants of plastic surgery litigation cases

Introduction

A new study has revealed that not all litigated plastic surgery cases have an equal chance of ruling in favor of the defense or plaintiff. The study identified at least five different determinants which increase the chances of ruling in favor of one side or the other.

About the study

The study, titled ‘An Analysis of Malpractice Litigation and Expert Witnesses in Plastic Surgery’ (2017), was conducted by Paul Therattil et al. and reviewed 93 litigated plastic surgery cases from the Westlaw legal database. It analyzed them according to expert witness testimony, procedure type, alleged injury, and verdict, among other factors. Correlations were then drawn between these factors, in particular which of them led to rulings in favor of the defense or plaintiff.

What are the 5 determinants of litigated plastic surgery cases?

The following correlations were found:

1. Cases involving body contouring are more likely to rule in favor of the defendant

14% of the cases reviewed involved body contouring procedures. Of these, the majority of them were won by the defense side.

2. Cases involving breast surgery are more likely to rule in favor of the plaintiff

34.4% of the cases reviewed involved breast surgery procedures. Of these, the majority of them were won by the plaintiff side.

3. In general, rulings are more likely to be in favor of the defense

Out of the 93 cases reviewed, over 65% ruled in favor of the defendant.

4. Cases in which the plaintiff complained of pain or emotional distress were more likely to rule in favor of the plaintiff

In cases where the plaintiff reported symptoms of pain (14%) or emotional distress (11.8%), the ruling was more likely to be in their favor. Conversely, cases in which plaintiffs did not report such symptoms resulted in (on average) a ruling in favor of the defendant.

5. The parties which engaged plastic surgery expert witnesses were more likely to win

Perhaps it’s obvious, but the study found that the parties which engaged the expert witness services of a plastic surgeon were more likely to win. With regards to plastic surgery expert witnesses, the study stated:

“Expert witnesses serve as a critical part of the litigation process in medical malpractice cases, providing insight into the judge and jurors who may be unfamiliar with both the medical and specialty-specific aspects of the case. The concept of the expert witness within a field such as plastic surgery, where outcomes might be considered more subjective than in other surgical fields, has been a point of debate. Some have gone so far as to suggest having anonymous physician surveys to replace plaintiff expert witness testimony because of the high stakes and pressure to perform for paying clients” (Therattil et al. 2007).

Other interesting facts unearthed by the study

  1. Around 13% of plastic surgeons have open litigation cases against them.
  2. California (26.9%), New York (18.3%) and Massachusetts (7.5%) were the most litigious in terms of having the highest share of cases.

About Dr. Zaydon’s role as a Plastic Surgery Expert Witness

Dr. Zaydon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He is also a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Zaydon serves as an expert witness on liability cases around the country. He has reviewed many cases and has served as an expert witness for both the plaintiff and defense. He is sought as an expert witness in these cases because of his experience and fairness. Read more about Dr. Zaydon’s role as a plastic surgery expert witness, Plastic Surgery Expert Medical Advisor, or about Plastic Surgery Peer Reviews and Plastic Surgery Independent Medical Evaluations.

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Study reveals that parties who engage a Board Certified Plastic Surgery Expert Witness are more successful in litigation

A study by Therattil et al. (2017) has revealed that those engaging in plastic surgery lawsuits are more likely to win their case if they have a Board Certified plastic surgery expert witness. It also revealed a growing number of lawsuits, plus that defendants have a greater success rate than plaintiffs.

Who did the study?

The study, entitled “An Analysis of Malpractice Litigation and Expert Witnesses in Plastic Surgery” was conducted by 5 authors: Paul J. Therattil, MD, Stella Chung, BA, Aditya Sood, MD, MBA, Mark S. Granick, MD, and Edward S. Lee, MD. It was published in the Open Access Journal of Plastic Surgery.

How was the study conducted?

The team reviewed legal cases from the Westlaw legal research database (Thomson Reuters, New York, NY), collecting all information regarding cases involving plastic surgery malpractice litigation. After removing duplicates, a total of 93 cases were included in the study. The cases were then coded according to categories such as year, whether the ruling was in favor of the defendant or plaintiff, and whether expert medical testimony was provided, among others.

What were the findings?

The study yielded several interesting findings:

1. The number of plastic surgery lawsuits is rising

Per the authors:

“The rate of malpractice litigation continues to increase yearly. Plastic surgeons are at especially high risk of facing malpractice claims, with recent studies demonstrating that the proportion of plastic surgeons facing malpractice claims each year is 13%.” (Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5638964/)

It should be noted that this is the third highest with only neurosurgeons and cardiovascular surgeons being more likely to be sued.

2. Defendants were more likely to win

Out of the 93 cases reviewed, 61 ruled in favor of the defendant, 22 in favor of the plaintiff, and 10 resulted in settlement.

3. The average settlement for plaintiffs was over $1,000,000

In the 22 cases where the ruling was in favor of the plaintiff, the mean award was $1,036,469. The lowest award was $10,697 and the highest was $4,500,000.

4. The most litigious states (in terms of plastic surgery cases) were California and New York

Almost 27% of the cases were filed in California, 18% in New York, and 7.5% in Massachusetts. Florida was further down the list with 5.4% of cases.

5. The majority of cases were about breast augmentation

Over a third of all cases were about breast augmentation. In second place was liposuction (18.3%), then body contouring (14%), then facial rejuvenation (11.8%).

6. The higher the h-index of the plastic surgeon expert witness, the greater the chance of winning

Interestingly, defendants were more likely to engage plastic surgeons with higher h-indices. This perhaps explains that the defendants won more cases than the plaintiffs. H-index refers to the frequency and impact of an author’s publications. In other words, the higher the quality, and frequency, of publications by the plastic surgeon, the higher the chance of winning the case.

7. Board Certification makes a difference

The study also found that the defense was more likely to contract with plastic surgery expert witnesses who were Board Certified (82.9%), whereas plaintiffs were less likely to do so (64.7%). In other words, it seems that engaging with a Board Certified plastic surgery expert witness coincides with a great chance of winning the case.

What are the implications?

To summarize, it seems that, to increase the chances of winning a plastic surgery lawsuit, it is best to engage a Board Certified Plastic Surgery Expert Witness.

Further information about Dr. Thomas Zaydon, Plastic Surgery Expert Witness

Dr. Zaydon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He is also a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Zaydon serves as an expert witness on liability cases around the country. He has reviewed many cases and has served as an expert witness for both the plaintiff and defense. He is sought as an expert witness in these cases because of his experience and fairness. Read more about Dr. Zaydon’s role as a plastic surgery expert witness, Plastic Surgery Expert Medical Advisor, or about Plastic Surgery Peer Reviews and Plastic Surgery Independent Medical Evaluations.

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Dr. Zaydon awarded “Best Presentation” award by peers

Thomas J. Zaydon, Jr. M.D. FACS, has been awarded best presentation at Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons meeting.

As per the meeting host:

It is our pleasure to inform you that your presentation titled “Filler Injection Tissue Ischemia, Avoiding Intravascualr Anatomy, Loss of Vision after Filler, Filler Crash Cart” has been selected as the highest ranked member paper presentation at our recent 61st Annual Scientific Meeting in Palm Beach, Fl.

The presentation was the highest ranked “Member Paper”. Dr. Zaydon will be presenting the topic once again at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons meeting in Chicago in September.

About Dr. Zaydon

Dr. Zaydon is a board certified plastic and reconstructive surgery with over 20 years of experience. He treats the following patients: burns, nasal fractures, facial fractures, open wound, skin ulcers, scars, ruptured/displace breast/body implants. He has hands on experience with difficult catastrophic cases including severe burn victims. He is the Chief of Plastic Surgery at Mercy hospital, he is the former President of the Florida Society of Plastic Surgeons and former President of Miami Society of Plastic Surgeons. He serves on the board of trustees for the Southeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons. He is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery and active member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. He serves on the review board for a major insurance company that reviews doctors malpractice insurance claims. He reviews cases/authorizations for a large worker’s compensation carrier. He has worked with plaintiff and defense firms. Doctor Zaydon has impeccable credentials and has privileges at 11 major hospitals/ASC facilities. Read more about Dr. Zaydon’s role as a Plastic Surgery Expert Witness or as a Plastic Surgeon for Burns in Miami.
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What can be done to Prevent and Treat Burns?

Introduction

According to the American Burn Association, almost half a million patients go to the Emergency Room for burn treatment in the USA each year. These injuries range from relatively mild burns to more severe burns and even death (there are on average 3,400 burn related deaths in the USA per year). Despite such high figures, information about the costs of burns to society, healthcare organizations, and the economy, is hard to find. This article aims summarize some of the information which does exist, and to provide a brief overview of the causes, costs, treatment, and prevention of burns.

What are the main causes of burns?

Of the 3,400 annual burn related deaths, around 2,550 can be attributed to residential fires, 300 to vehicle crash fires, and the remaining 550 from a variety of other causes, such as electrical burns (American Burn Association). Looking at these figures, it appears that most burn deaths (and presumably injuries too) occur in a domestic setting, as opposed to a commercial or work-related setting.

What are the costs?

When it comes to the costs of burns, this has to be broken up into several categories. Depending on the severity of the burn, there may be acute and non-acute treatment costs, psychological and social costs, as well as costs to the economy in terms of damaged property and lost work-time. This data is not easy-to-find, however, there are a few studies which shed some light on this. In terms of healthcare, in an international study of burn victims in high-income countries (such as the USA), the average cost per burn victim was $88,218.

This cost was supported by a Canadian study which found the average cost of healthcare to be around $84,678. It should be noted that these costs are usually the cost of acute treatment. The cost of post acute care can raise the figure even higher. This includes post acute treatment such as scar review consultation and treatment, surgical procedures, and psychological therapy.

In terms of costs to the economy, there are two main costs. First and foremost, the lost work-time can quickly add up. This includes not just burn victims themselves, but also any other family members (or friends) who take time off work to take care of them. This is especially common in the case of child burn victims, who require one of their parents to take time off work. Second, any property or equipment destroyed during the accident also adds to the overall cost. According to the aforementioned Canadian study, the total cost of residential fires in Canada alone came to a staggering total of $7.6 billion over a 14 year period.

It should be noted that this is just the cost of residential fires, and just for Canada. Therefore, it is safe to assume that the total cost of all types of burn in the USA, which has a considerably larger population than Canada, must be far greater.

What type of burns exist?

When someone says the word ‘burn’, we most commonly think of thermal burns i.e. burns caused by heat. This can be dry heat, such as from a flame or fire, or it can be wet heat, from steam. However, there are three other types of burn. Two of them are quite common: Electrical burns and chemical burns. As the names suggest, the former is caused by electricity, while the latter is caused by strongly acidic or alkaline substances. However, there is also a third (less known) type of burn: Radiological burns. This final type of burn is much rarer and is caused by radiation.

Burns can also be categorised in terms of their severity. The least severe is known as a ‘first degree burn’, which refers to a reddening of the epidermis (the outermost layer of skin). ‘Second degree burns’ are when the dermis is affected, which is the layer of skin beneath the epidermis. The most severe type of burn is a ‘third degree burn’ which is when even the tissue below the dermis is affected.

First Aid for Burns – How should burns be treated?

Quick treatment of burns can reduce their severity. The American Burn Association provides the following first aid advice:

  • Stop the burning process: cool the burn with running cool (not cold) water for at least 5 minutes, but do not use ice, as this may cause further skin damage;
  • Do not over cool! If the victim starts to shiver, stop the cooling process.
  • Administer an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain control. Follow the directions on the label. Consult a physician or health care provider if pain is not relieved.
  • Cover the burn with a sterile gauze bandage or clean cloth.
  • Wrap the burned area loosely to avoid putting too much pressure on the burn tissue.
  • Minor burns will usually heal without further treatment.

Read the full list of First Aid advice by the American Burn Association.

Can Scarring be Treated?

Scars can be undesirable for several reasons. Obviously, from a visual perspective, they can create a certain amount of self-consciousness, especially if they are in a very visible location, such as the face. They may also have some physical symptoms, such as itchiness or pain. So that leads us to the question: Can plastic surgery remove scars? The answer is “yes, but not entirely.”

Plastic surgery can reduce the size of a scar, however it cannot totally remove it. This is because the process of removing a scar cannot return the skin to its original state. A scar – by definition – is permanent damage to the skin following an injury or surgery. However, procedures are constantly improving, so the degree to which scars can be made less noticeable are increasing year-on-year.

Plastic surgeons have a range of surgical and non-surgical methods to reduce scarring. These include:

  • Chemical Peels. If your scar is not too deep – that is to say only affecting the upper layers of the skin – then this may be a suitable procedure. It works by causing the epidermis to peel off, so in effect exfoliating the skin. Then new skin will grow back, ideally leaving the scar less noticeable than it previously was.
  • Dermabrasion. Similar to chemical peels, filler injections, dermabrasion, and surgical scar revision. The most appropriate treatment option will depend on the specific circumstances and condition of the scar.
  • Filler Injections / Soft Tissue Fillers. This procedure is considered most appropriate for indented scars. In other words, scars which do not stick out, but instead are indented into the skin. Collagen or other suitable fillers are used to literally ‘fill the indentation’, subsequently raising it to the level of the rest of the skin, thus making it less noticeable.
  • Surgical Scar Revision. This is the process of surgically removing the scar and then rejoining the layers of skin. It cannot totally remove the scar, but can decrease the length or width of a scar.

The choice of treatment option will depend on the specific circumstances and condition of the scar.

How can we Prevent Burns?

Something everyone agrees on is that prevention is the best solution. Considering that the majority of burns occur in domestic settings, it makes sense for people to learn – and practice – fire safe habits in the home. The American Burn Association provides a variety of guidelines, such as “stand by your pan” (referring to closely watching your cooking to avoid fires), carefully disposing of used cigarettes, and ensuring electrical outlets are safe to use. The key to this is education, which is why events such as “Burn Awareness Week” are such a good idea.

Conclusion

The cost of burns is extremely high, both in terms of a dollar amount (healthcare and lost work-time costs) and also psycho-social costs (lost friends and family members / permanent disability). This is why prevention is the best solution. However, when burns do happen, then it’s important that patients are given the best possible medical treatment. This includes not just acute treatment, but also post-acute treatment including the removal of scars to help return patients to their original pre-burn condition.

About the Author

Dr. Zaydon is a board certified plastic and reconstructive surgery with over 20 years of experience. He treats the following patients: burns, nasal fractures, facial fractures, open wound, skin ulcers, scars, ruptured/displace breast/body implants. He has hands on experience with difficult catastrophic cases including severe burn victims. He is the Chief of Plastic Surgery at Mercy hospital, he is the former President of the Florida Society of Plastic Surgeons and former President of Miami Society of Plastic Surgeons. He serves on the board of trustees for the Southeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons. He is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery and active member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. He serves on the review board for a major insurance company that reviews doctors malpractice insurance claims. He reviews cases/authorizations for a large worker’s compensation carrier. He has worked with plaintiff and defense firms. Doctor Zaydon has impeccable credentials and has privileges at 11 major hospitals/ASC facilities.

Read more about Dr. Zaydon’s role as a Plastic Surgery Expert Witness or as a Plastic Surgeon for Burns in Miami.

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How to pick a qualified plastic surgeon

Finding a plastic surgeon in Miami is easy. However, finding a qualified plastic surgeon in Miami can be a totally different story. The point is that there are many plastic surgeons to choose from, but the level of service and surgery you receive from them may differ quite considerably. So, as a patient, how can you make sure you choose a plastic surgeon who gets you the best possible outcomes? This article aims to give you a few tips about what to look for.

 

In order to choose a qualified plastic surgeon you should look for the following 3 things:

1. Qualifications

Perhaps this is obvious, but the surgeon you choose should be well qualified. Official qualifications are an indication that the doctor has met a list of objective medical standards created by an impartial organization. Plus, remember that not all qualifications are equal. One of the most recognized certifications is the Board Certification. As a plastic surgeon, he/she should be Board Certified in Plastic Surgery. Another good qualification to look out for is being a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. This is usually indicated by having the letters “F.A.C.S.” after the doctor’s name.

2. Affiliations

The type of organizations and hospitals, which the doctor is affiliated with, are usually a good indication of the level of professionalism of the doctor. Being on staff with the leading hospitals in the area is a great endorsement: Doctors are required to meet a number of standards in order to be chosen, so being on staff with these hospitals likely means that this doctor is of a good standard. Secondly, look closely at the affiliations the doctor has. Is he/she affiliated with well-respected organizations? Such organizations may be the American Society of Plastic Surgery, the Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the Florida Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American College of International Physicians, among others.

3. The Recommendations of other Physicians

Doctors who work with other doctors usually (over time) get a good understanding of the type and level of care provided by other doctors. This is why recommendations by doctors can be a helpful source of information when choosing a plastic surgeon. So be sure to ask your Primary Care Physician – or other doctors – to recommend a qualified plastic surgeon.

About Thomas Zayond, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Zaydon is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is also Certified by the former President of the Florida Society of Plastic Reconstructive Surgery and the Greater Miami Society of Plastic Reconstructive Surgery. He has extensive experience serving as a plastic surgery expert witness, Plastic Surgery Expert Medical Advisor, and is regularly asked to provide Plastic Surgery Peer Reviews and Plastic Surgery Independent Medical Evaluations.
Read more about Dr. Zaydon.

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How can I find a good Plastic Surgery Expert Witness?

Whether you are an attorney, an employer, or a patient, finding a good plastic surgery expert witness is not always easy. First of all, what constitutes “good”? To answer this, you may want to read our plastic surgery expert witness page. Second, what tools or resources are available to find such plastic surgeons? This blog post aims to connect you with 4 resources which may be helpful.

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1. Google (Google.com)

Let’s face it – we use it to find almost everything. And that includes plastic surgery expert witnesses. For example, if you Google “Plastic Surgery Expert Witness Miami”, you will find Dr. Zaydon. The advantage of using Google is that it is quick and easy. Plus, it even provides reviews to give you an idea of the popularity of the doctor. However, it should be noted that these reviews can be written by anyone and therefore are not a direct reflection on the doctor’s ability as a plastic surgery expert witness.
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2. SEAK (SeakExperts.com)

Seak is a great tool for finding expert witnesses of all specialties, including plastic surgery. The entire website is devoted to listing – and categorizing – expert witnesses. You can search by name, area, and specialty. It gives you a great variety of specialists, including a brief overview of their experience / biography. For example, here is Dr. Zaydon’s SEAK profile page.

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3. ALM Experts (ALMExperts.com)

ALM experts is another directory and as such is similar to SEAK. It also lists experts of many fields, including plastic surgery. One of the great features of this site is its “Verdict Search” tool. It gives you the ability to read past testimonies by the doctors on previous cases. Understandably, for attorneys this is very useful and interesting information, as it may reveal any potential bias of any of the doctors. Dr. Zaydon is very proud of his objective testimony history, which is a result of his application of a code of ethics to all expert witness testimonies. Read more about the importance of ethics or view Dr. Zaydon’s ALM Profile.

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4. JurisPro (JurisPro.com)

JurisPro is another directory which lists doctors who provide medical-legal services to attorneys. The site caters exclusively to attorneys, which helps to ensure that the information provided on the profiles is the type of information which attorneys need (e.g. specialty, CV, education etc). For example, here is Dr. Zaydon’s JurisPro Profile.

About Dr. Zaydon

Dr. Zaydon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He is also a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Zaydon serves as an expert witness on liability cases around the country. He has reviewed many cases and has served as an expert witness for both the plaintiff and defense. He is sought as an expert witness in these cases because of his experience and fairness. Read more about Dr. Zaydon’s role as a plastic surgery expert witness, Plastic Surgery Expert Medical Advisor, or about Plastic Surgery Peer Reviews and Plastic Surgery Independent Medical Evaluations.

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Why are good Plastic Surgery Expert Witnesses so hard to find? Here is why…!

Whether you are an attorney, insurance adjuster, or patient, if you have ever tried to find a good plastic surgery expert witness, you will know it’s not so easy. You would think it would be relatively straight forward – simply find a qualified plastic surgery who is willing to testify in court? Easy, right? WRONG. Testifying in court is not as easy as it sounds. In order to adequately perform the role of a plastic surgery expert witness, the doctor must have 3 essential characteristics: Good qualifications, experience, and ethics.

 

In order to illustrate this point, let us show you what happens when expert witnesses LACK these characteristics.

1. What happens when an expert witness does not have ethics?

In the role of being an plastic surgery expert witness, ethics are extremely important. In order to illustrate this point, let’s look at an example where the doctor’s ethics were found lacking. Here’s a description of a case – resulting in a mistrial – because of the doctor’s questionable ethics:

 

“Here, Queens Supreme Court Justice  Duane Hart, blasted Defense Expert Dr. Michael J. Katz for his part in perpetrating insurance fraud by committing perjury regarding an orthopedic exam he performed on a plaintiff. In this case, the plaintiff injured his ankle in a work-place accident. The original exam was performed and Dr. Katz testified that he had spent about 45 minutes during that exam. Now, the plaintiff’s paralegal who had been there disputed that, saying that the appointment lasted a total of about 10 minutes with only 3 or 4 minutes for the actual exam. When the time came for a second exam, plaintiff’s counsel, with his client’s permission, decided to secretly record the exam as a measure of protection against any attacks made by the doctor or defense counsel regarding the veracity. The doctor, in regular form, testified that on the second exam he had spent 10-20 minutes, when the video showed an exam of exactly one minute and 56 seconds.

Nothing like having your witness impeached by his own exam. Worse still, being stuck with him. Judge Hart declared a mistrial and set the new trial for September, putting everyone on notice that they would be there, no excuses, they would be there. Defendant’s counsel, scrambling to get this expert excluded and requesting a new IME, unsuccessfully argued that it’s own expert was now adverse to their case.”

 

Source: https://www.forensicmag.com/article/2007/01/qualifying-expert-witness-practical-voir-dire

2. What happens when an expert witness does not have appropriate qualifications?

According to federal law, a “if the witness is not an expert, opinion is admissible”. This means that, if the opposing attorney can prove that the doctor’s qualifications are not adequate, then it shows that he/she is not an expert. And if they can prove that, then the doctor cannot perform his/her role as an expert witness. Therefore, when choosing a plastic surgery expert witness, it’s important you choose one with the appropriate qualifications.

3. What happens when an expert witness does not have experience?

Experience here is important in two ways. Firstly, the doctor must of course have experience of his/her medical specialty. For example, a doctor fresh out of grad school with no experience of the procedure in question would not be a good witness. As per the first scenario, this could lead to the expert witnesses’ testimony being regarded as admissible.

 

Secondly, it is very helpful if the doctor also has experience of testifying as an expert witness. The opposing attorney can pose some very difficult questions, so experience is very helpful in terms of staying calm and answering the questions objectively, without allowing the opposing attorney to push you around.

About Thomas Zaydon, M.D. – Expert Witness Plastic Surgeon

We are very pleased to note that Dr. Zaydon has all three of the required characteristics mentioned above. In terms of qualifications, Dr. Zaydon is Board Certified and is certified as an Expert Medical Advisor in Florida. In terms of experience, Dr. Zaydon has over 20 years’ experience in the field of plastic surgery. With regards to experience in the role of an expert witness, he has fulfilled this role on liability cases around the country, reviewed many cases, and has served as an expert witness for both the plaintiff and defense. With regards to ethics, Dr. Zaydon takes this very seriously and bases diagnoses and opinions on objective medical evidence. Read our previous blog post “The Importance of Ethics” for more info.

 

Read more about Dr. Zaydon in his role as a plastic surgeon expert witness, workers’ compensation plastic surgeon, and plastic surgeon for scars in Miami.

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Unrecognized Injuries In A Plastic Surgery Medical Legal Practice

Physicians are often called upon to evaluate and manage a wide scope of soft tissue injuries.

 

Damage to adjacent structures or organs are sometimes overlooked, even after thorough evaluation by the initial practitioner.

 

The prudent practitioner will consider a plastic surgical evaluation, but fully evaluating certain types of trauma.

 

Neck trauma is sometimes associated with injury to the maxillofacial skeleton. Early diagnosis and treatment is key to an optimal patient outcome. Injury to the facial bones should be considered when a neck injury is secondary to the facial impact, such as airbag deployment.

 

Although radiographs are of benefit in the initial triage of facial fractures, a CT scan or MRI may be needed to fully evaluate the injury. Sometimes a nasal fracture is not well visualized and early evaluation by a plastic surgeon benefits the patient and assists in the overall care. Since radiographs may fail to reveal a nasal fracture, early evaluation by a plastic surgeon can detect clinical conditions, such as a septal hematoma, laceration of the nasal mucosa, or other findings, which may clinically support the diagnosis of a nasal fracture.

 

Any impact to the mandible may disrupt the mechanics of the temporomandibular joint. Prompt and thorough evaluation by a colleague familiar with the mandible and its relation to the remainder of the facial skeleton is key to providing an optimal patient outcome. Early clinical findings will assist the patient in ascertaining the sequelae of the facial injury.

Trauma to breast implants

Approximately 4-10% of American women have had breast implants. If trauma to the chest is significant, the breast prostheses may be affected. Early evaluation by a plastic surgeon can help establish that diagnosis. Iti s especially helpful the patient be evaluated by a physician who is familiar with the patient’s pre-traumatic anatomy. If this is not possible, then early evaluation would be of benefit to document external contusions, bruises, or subcutaneous fluid collections. Clinical examination, along with an MRI of the breasts, can assist in the understanding of whether the underlying breast implant(s) has been disrupted or ruptured after trauma.

 

Airbag deployment can result in abrasions of the skin. This is the result of the release of noxious chemicals and mechanical disruption of the protective layers of the skin. This may result in compromise of the protective functions of the skin.

 

Due to the reasons mentioned above, it can be helpful to request the services of a plastic surgery expert witness in order to get an objective opinion.

 

About Dr. Thomas Zaydon – Plastic Surgery Expert Witness

Expert witness plastic surgeon – Dr. Zaydon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He is also a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

 

Dr. Zaydon serves as an expert witness on liability cases around the country. He has reviewed many cases and has served as an expert witness for both the plaintiff and defense. He is sought as an expert witness in these cases because of his experience and fairness. Many of these cases involve breast augmentation and breast reduction, as well as facial plastic surgery, facelift, liposuction, abdominoplasty, eyelid surgery, and body contouring.
Read more about Dr. Zaydon and his role as a plastic surgery expert witness.

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Plastic surgeon for scars Miami – What are people saying about Dr. Thomas Zaydon?

When choosing a plastic surgeon for scars in Miami, it may be worth first checking out the reviews of other patients. Patient reviews can be a great source of information about how the doctor and the office run the practice and the level of care and attention you are likely to receive as a patient. Of course, not all reviews can be trusted, but if there are many reviews and most of them are saying similar things, then this is an extremely good indication of the type of treatment and service being offered to patients.

Read some sample reviews about Dr. Zaydon – a leading plastic surgeon for scars Miami

As a plastic surgeon who specializes in the treatment of work related injuries and scars in Miami (in addition to his role as an plastic surgery expert witness), Dr. Zaydon takes the feedback of patients and clients very seriously. It is for this reason, that both he and his office are very proud of the following reviews, which have been reprinted without any changes or alternations. We would like to thank all the people who took the time to send the following reviews listed below:

“He’s been my doctor for almost 6 years now. I have gone through like 5 surgeries with him. (If not more, I got hit by two cars crossing US1 6 years ago. He basically has put me back together) He’s one of my favorite doctor! I <3 him! And his whole staff! They are amazing! His office manager Laurie!?!?!!? I love that lady! They always answer my many questions! =) Every experience I have with them is so great!” – Ashley

“My experience with Dr. Thomas Zaydon was excellent!! He was very professional and kind. I am very happy with my results after the surgery and I really, really recommend him !!! Lory, who works with him is a sweet heart!! Thank You so much for taking care of me!!” – Odalis

“Happy with results. Doctor very professional and help you understand the process. Support personnel, all are nice and always willing to help. Lori is excellent! I will defintely go back.” – Catherine

“Everything was excellent, he was a great doctor and did a great job on my procedure. I would definitely would recommend him.” – Cary

“Outstanding . Has old-school bedside manner. His office is on top of things with calling and scheduling appointments.” – DJ

“I saw Dr. Thomas Zaydon at the Wound Care Center for a non-healing ulcer on the bottom of my foot. Dr Zaydon immediately made me feel at ease and talked to me with kindness and concern, while at the same time instructing me in the proper plan of what should be done. I could tell immediately how knowledgeable Dr. Zaydon was as he explained everything to me, while still having no hesitation in referring me to a foot specialist for further care because that was the best course of action for my condition. He also stayed in touch with me afterwards to see how I was progressing. Dr. Zaydon is an excellent combination of not only an experienced doctor, but a compassionate doctor as well. He is the epitome of what every doctor should be.” – RateMD User.

Read more about Dr. Zaydon in his role as a plastic surgeon expert witnessworkers’ compensation plastic surgeon, and plastic surgeon for scars in Miami.

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