When you undergo surgery, you expect to receive competent care. Unfortunately, not all patients receive the level of care they are owed. If you or someone close to you has suffered an injury due to a surgeon’s negligence, we can help. At Arfaa Law Group, our Baltimore surgical malpractice attorneys will help you pursue the compensation you deserve for your harm. We understand this is a stressful time, which is why you can expect the utmost compassion from our entire team.
Earlier this month, a Georgia doctor made headlines for singing, rapping, and dancing during plastic surgeries. Dubbed the “dancing doctor,” Dr. Windell Davis-Boutte can be seen in one video cutting into a patient’s abdomen in sync with the beat of O.T. Genasis’ song “Cut it” as she sings along. In another video posted to the doctor’s public YouTube channel, the Atlanta-based board-certified dermatologist dances with surgical tools in each hand but without a surgical mask or gloves. She then leans over the top of a patient’s bare buttocks as she raps, her assistants act as back up dancers, and the camera zooms into the patient’s bare buttocks. The videos have since been deleted.
Now, Doctor Boutte is facing at least five malpractice lawsuits. She has reached four settlements. Female patients claim they have suffered infections, disfigurement, and even brain damage following procedures performed by Boutte. An attorney representing three women in cases against the dermatologist says nearly 100 other women have contacted her office to claim they also suffered injuries under the doctor’s scalpel. At least two former patients said they identified themselves in the doctor’s videos.
Georgia’s Composite Medical Board issued an emergency suspension of the doctor’s medical license, citing a threat to public health if she continued to practice medicine. While this is not a Maryland case, this type of negligence by a doctor could happen anywhere. Unfortunately, more and more stories of doctors engaging in inappropriate conduct in operating rooms have been surfacing over the years.
If you or someone close to you has suffered harm due to a surgeon’s error, carelessness, or wrongdoing, you may be able to recover compensation through a medical malpractice claim. In the context of surgical errors, medical malpractice takes place when a surgeon fails to use the level of care that a reasonably prudent surgeon performing the same surgery would have used, thereby causing harm to a patient. In the case of the dancing doctor, it seems obvious that a reasonably prudent surgeon would not engage in singing and dancing during a procedure because that is a distraction that could foreseeably lead to patient harm. It is important to note that the dancing and singing alone could not be the basis of a malpractice claim. Instead, that behavior must have been a direct cause of the patient’s harm.
If you or a loved one has suffered harm due to a surgeon’s negligence, you have rights. At Arfaa Law Group, our dedicated Baltimore surgical malpractice attorneys can assess the merits of your case and provide you with an honest assessment of your claim. With years of experience, we understand how to protect your rights at every step of the way. Call us today at 315-479-9000 or contact us online.
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