What to do if I had a botched jaw surgery and genioplasty that my surgical team tried to cover up?

UPDATED: Jun 6, 2014

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What to do if I had a botched jaw surgery and genioplasty that my surgical team tried to cover up?

t has left me with permanent numbness in my face, unevenly worn teeth and a extremely large chin. I now require 2 more surgeries to fix the mistakes. How much is a case like this worth? Also, I know that the surgeon is committing insurance fraud. Can this information benefit me in my case?

Asked on June 6, 2014 under Malpractice Law, Tennessee


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

1) Assuming that the medical treatment did not rise to currently accepted levels of care (e.g. was careless or negligent), then there may well be liability (this may be malpractice).

2) What it may be worth? It's hard to give general guidance, since every case is different, but for a VERY rough rule of thumb: you could recover the sum of a) additional medical costs (such as for the 2 additional surgeries); b) with long-lasting or permanent disfigurement, disability, and/or other impairment of life functions, an amount equal to 1 - 2 times the additional medical costs; and c) any lost wages (e.g. from missed work), reduced future earning potential, and other out-of-pocket costs incured.

3) Insurance fraud has no bearing on malpractice.

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