If you are considering having a medical procedure performed at a doctor’s office in Marietta, Kennesaw, or any other city within the state of Georgia you might want to conduct a bit of research beforehand to ensure the facility is accredited, licensed, and prepared to handle an emergency situation in the event one breaks out. Sadly, many individuals are placing their trust in physicians who are permitted to practice but aren’t exactly qualified to do so, which puts their life at risk. Take Dr. Windell Boutte for example.
Boutte is a board-certified dermatologist who operates her practice out of the Premier Aesthetic Center in Gwinnett County. While her website claims she is Atlanta’s most experienced cosmetic surgeon, she has been catching a great deal of backlash for posting videos on YouTube with her and her staff dancing and singing along to music while performing procedures on unconscious patients. In one video, Boutte is seen with a scalpel in her hand and then proceeds to cut into the patient’s abdomen in sync with the beat of O.T. Genasis’ song “Cut it,” according to CNN.
But that’s isn’t the only disbursing news being reported.
Apparently, Boutte, who is still practicing, has had several medical malpractice lawsuits filed against her. One woman, who is now suffering from brain damage, filed a lawsuit against Boutte with the help of her son as she can no longer do many of the things that once seemed simple. Icilma Cornelius, who was set to be married and earn her Ph.D., never did either of the two after complications arose during her procedure.  Cornelius’ heart stopped after undergoing nearly eight hours of surgery and because Boutte’s office wasn’t equipped to handle an emergency, there was a delay in getting her to a hospital which led to more severe brain damage.
Cornelius initially made an appointment with Boutte to have Botox as well as other minor cosmetic treatments done to prepare for her wedding but was told she could also have a surgical procedure done that would flatten her stomach. And that is when things went wrong. The truth is, while Boutte did graduate from UCLA School of Medicine, completed her residency at Emory University School of Medicine, and became board-certified by the American Academy of Dermatology, she is not a board-certified plastic surgeon or general surgeon. But, according to Dr. Dan DeLoach, who is a board-certified plastic surgeon, it is completely legal in the state of Georgia for her to perform plastic surgery, despite her lack of knowledge. DeLoach told the source that “when you are licensed to practice medicine in Georgia, you’re licensed to practice medicine and surgery. It says so right on your license.”
And while doctors can operate outside of hospitals and licensed surgery centers, cases such as this one as well as those from the past clearly remind us that it isn’t safe to do so. According to AJC, “doctors decide for themselves what equipment and staff they need. It’s not like a hospital, where fully-equipped staff can immediately respond to an emergency.” It is for that reason that the personal injury lawyers at the Imbriale Law Firm in Marietta, GA suggest you check what certifications a physician has before allowing them to perform a procedure on you.
How can I check if a physician is board-certified?
Because physicians in Georgia are legally permitted to offer certain types of surgical procedures in their office as opposed to in a hospital, even when they aren’t certified in that particular field, you should consider looking them up prior to a visit by using the search tool on the ABMS Certification Matters site. This tool allows you to look up a doctor and see which board he or she is a member of. You can also conduct a basic search on the physician to see what others are saying about them, although you don’t want to solely rely on reviews.
And if you believe a doctor is responsible for worsening your condition or leaving you injured after a procedure, contact a Kennesaw, GA personal injury lawyer now by calling 678-445-7423 or visiting imbrialeinjury.com to learn about how this group of lawyers can help you determine if you have a legitimate medical malpractice lawsuit on your hands.
You can reach Imbriale Injury Law at:
145 Towne Lake Parkway, Suite 200
Woodstock, GA 30188
678-445-7423
 

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