In the third week after the first surgery I called two different malpractice lawyers. They both told me the same thing. In the state of Florida a plastic surgeon is only required to carry a minimum of $100,000 in malpractice insurance.
That amount would cover the investigative and legal fees and I would be left with very little. In all likelihood it would not be enough to pay for reconstructive surgery.
In the investigative part of the law suit they subpoena the records from the surgery. Once the records are subpoenaed, (or even before that) anyone can go in and change the records to indicate a more favorable position for the surgeon and the surgical team. So by the time the attorney gets them, there may be no evidence at all of malpractice.
It is also difficult to define what exactly constitutes malpractice. Who’s error was it? WAS there even an error?
Much later I spoke to a surgical nurse an another site who said that she thought, from the bruising I described, that something must have gone catastrophically wrong during surgery. But there wasn’t really a way to prove it.
So there you have it. Make sure you know what you’re getting into. Ask how much malpractice insurance your PS carries. You only get one body. Make sure it’s protected.