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California's MeToo Laws: Here's What Your Business Should Know

FindLaw Headlines - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 15:57
California passed more than a dozen measures to bolster the #MeToo laws in 2018, many dealing with public entities and private citizens. However, there are two notable laws that businesses should keep in mind moving forward into 2019. Violations of these could result in fines and potentially a lot......

California Pet Stores May Only Sell Rescue Animals

FindLaw Headlines - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 15:49
If it pushes an industry underground, is it still a good idea? That is the dilemma Californians will soon find out. AB 485 went into effect at the beginning of this year, and makes California the first state to require pet stores to only sell rescues when it comes......

Are Uber and Lyft Lights Street Legal?

FindLaw Headlines - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 15:43
With so many cars on the road, and so many ridesharing apps around, many drivers use colorful lights to both attract new users and alert clients to their arrival. The lights are also useful to users to avoid getting into the wrong car. But are they legal? That might depend......

How Much Is a Plastic Surgery Lawsuit Worth?

FindLaw Headlines - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 14:13
Many cosmetic surgery procedures are perfectly safe, and clients are healthy afterwards and happy with the results. But any surgery is dangerous, and not all plastic surgery operations leave us looking the way we expected or were promised. If you are injured due to the negligence of a plastic surgeon......

How Much Is a Plastic Surgery Lawsuit Worth?

FindLaw Injury News - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 14:13

Many cosmetic surgery procedures are perfectly safe, and clients are healthy afterwards and happy with the results. But any surgery is dangerous, and not all plastic surgery operations leave us looking the way we expected or were promised.

If you are injured due to the negligence of a plastic surgeon or their staff, you could have a valid medical malpractice or other legal claim. How much that claim could be worth depends on many factors, including the extent of injury you've suffered and the type of lawsuit you are filing. Here are some basic damages considerations in plastic surgery lawsuits.

Doctor Malpractice

Most medical malpractice lawsuits award compensatory damages only, which cover expenses surrounding injury, lost income, and projected future medical costs, all based on the premise that your plastic surgeon breached a professional duty of care to you. This can occur in any cosmetic surgery gone bad:

If you can prove the plastic surgeon or their employees or contractors fell below the standard of care of the reasonable doctor or hospital in same or similar circumstances, you could be entitled to compensatory damages. Malpractice claims, however are not easy, and generally require expert testimony and complex medical reports along with experienced legal counsel.

Doctor Misconduct

Even if the cosmetic surgery goes well, surgeons can be held liable for other forms of misconduct. Plastic surgeons have been sued for:

If the misconduct is truly egregious you may be entitled to punitive damages, which are a form of financial punishment.

Talk to a Lawyer

For a more thorough determination of potential damages in your plastic surgery case, speak with a lawyer who has experience in medical malpractice and privacy claims. State laws may vary and may contain statutory limitations on recovery, known as damages caps. Many attorneys consult for free or a minimal fee, so don't hesitate to contact a lawyer for help today.

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Can Cops Search Your Home Based on Sense of Smell?

FindLaw Headlines - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 14:09
According to the Kansas Supreme Court, the nose knows. In a 4-3 decision, the highest court in Kansas resolved conflicting decisions at the appellate level to rule that if police smell raw weed when outside a Kansas home, they can conduct a warrantless search of the home based on......

Kevin Spacey Pleads Not Guilty to Sexual Assault

FindLaw Headlines - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 13:57
Actor Kevin Spacey appeared in Nantucket District Court this morning, and, while he didn't speak during the hearing, entered a not guilty plea to one count of felony indecent assault and battery. Spacey has been accused of putting his hand down the pants of a then-18-year-old who was working at......

Can I Give My Kids Piercings at Home?

FindLaw Headlines - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 13:44
For many parents and children, ear piercings are a rite of passage. And parents have a few options when it comes to piercing their children's ears. Some pediatricians will offer to do it, professional tattoo and piercing parlors are perhaps the most experienced option, and then there are the jewelry......

When to Call the Police for Suspicious Activity

FindLaw Headlines - Fri, 01/04/2019 - 17:55
See Something, Say Something. We've all seen the Department of Homeland Security ads encouraging people to report suspicious terrorist activity. But what about your run-of-the-mill suspicious activity? What sort of activity amounts to "suspicious"? That certainly is open to interpretation. In order to get a little more clarity on the......

Teen Faces Murder Charge After Egg-Throwing Prank Leads to Deadly Crash

FindLaw Headlines - Fri, 01/04/2019 - 17:43
On Tuesday afternoon, a 14-year-old driver plowed an SUV containing two other juveniles through a red light in Houston, colliding with a pickup truck driven by Silvia Zavala. Zavala was killed in the crash, and the teens claim they were fleeing a man who brandished a semiautomatic handgun at them,......

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