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Woman Dies from Embolism During Cosmetic Procedure

January 4th, 2018
On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Christiansen Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Medical Malpractice on Thursday, January 4, 2018.

According to WAFB, the medical examiner’s report on a woman who died during a cosmetic procedure has been released. The woman, a 40-year-old mother of two from Baton Rouge, had traveled to Florida to undergo a Brazilian butt lift.




The medical examiner listed the cause of death as an embolism, which is a rare but serious complication of surgery. The deceased was the fourth patient to die from cosmetic surgery complications at that particular location in as many years.

In the autopsy report, the cause of death was ruled an accident as the result of “fat embolism associated with liposuction and fat transfer.” Paramedics claim the woman went into cardiac arrest during the procedure.

A Florida newspaper reported that the clinic has operated under several different names since 2013. Additionally, documents from the Florida Department of Health allegedly revealed that the doctor who performed the procedure is not board certified in a particular medical specialty and does not have malpractice insurance coverage.

When the woman’s husband traveled to the clinic to pick up her personal effects, he simply told the media that he was going to let the detectives handle the investigations regarding substandard care. The clinic’s surgery center is located within a strip mall, and local news sources report that it has always been a popular place for people who wanted to undergo cosmetic surgery for an affordable rate.

Local media also reports that it is common for patients to fly in from out of state for the clinic’s services, just as this woman had done. Her husband told news sources that she had been researching the practice and the procedure itself for at least a year.

After the incident, the clinic issued a statement saying the surgeon who oversaw the procedure has more than 40 years of medical experience and is a caring and skilled doctor. Regardless, the case remains under investigation.

If you received substandard care in a medical setting and want to hold the liable parties accountable, turn to The Bowling Christiansen Law Firm. David A. Bowling can assess the details of your case and help you determine the most strategic way to proceed. Call (504) 586-5200 to schedule a consultation with a medical malpractice attorney in New Orleans.

Can You Sue for Medical Malpractice Following an Elective Procedure?

Cosmetic procedures may be elective, but they pose the same kinds of risks that any surgical procedure does. As a result, healthcare providers must always operate with the same standard of care, whether they are performing open-heart surgery or simple liposuction. Patients who receive negligent care have the right to hold the liable providers account for any damages they incur, regardless if the procedure was elective or medically necessary.

If you received substandard care while undergoing an elective procedure and you suffered injuries or illness as a result, turn to The Bowling Christiansen Law Firm. A compassionate malpractice attorney, David A. Bowling has more than 30 years of trial experience.

Call (504) 586-5200 to schedule a case evaluation with a medical malpractice lawyer in New Orleans. If you want to learn more about malpractice claims in Louisiana, visit

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