In Provo Utah, Jennifer Swalberg returned to her plastic surgeon a couple of months after her cosmetic surgery because her wounds still hadn’t healed. The doctor, Joseph Berg, reportedly injected Jennifer Swalberg with anesthetic, disappeared for an hour until the anesthetic had worn off, then returned and began cutting into Swalberg. The cutting was extremely painful. After he had reopened the incision, Dr. Berg repeatedly stabbed Jennifer’s insides with a ‘pickle fork,’ which Dr. Berg said would loosen the scar tissue.
As a result of this alleged medical malpractice and negligence, Jennifer is now left with a series of jagged incision scars, lumps of hardened scar tissue, fat, skin and tissue necrosis from repeated steroid injections, and abnormal tissue distribution.
Medical malpractice errors lead to thousands of deaths and serious injuries each year. Although healthcare providers have access to more medical devices, diagnostic tests and drugs than ever before, there remains a high rate of medical malpractice around the country, affecting thousands of unsuspecting patients who place their trust in their doctors, nurses, and hospitals. Particularly with regard to specialized practice areas, like plastic surgery, consumers should always research qualifications of physicians, including board certifications and any history of discipline or license suspension. Often such information is available through online databases maintained by the state licensing authorities. While such due diligence will not prevent all instances of medical negligence, it can help to minimize exposure to medical errors.
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