Laser Hair Removal that Left Woman Burned Leads to Lawsuit

July 8, 2010
By Dan Irving , Esq. on July 8, 2010 9:38 AM | | Comments (0)

A Florida woman has filed a lawsuit against an unlicensed practitioner who burned her during a laser hair removal treatment. The incident occurred last August in Miami when Monica Jimenez had the procedure done by Larry DeJesus, who Jimenez thought had a license to practice. DeJesus caused second and third degree burns to Jimenez's underarms, and the injuries landed her in the emergency room, according to reports.

Prior to filing a medical negligence lawsuit, Jimenez took her case to the Department of Health, who determined that DeJesus was an unlicensed practitioner. The Miami-Dade Police Department became involved after that and arrested DeJesus in June 2010. Jimenez still experiences pain from her injuries and is suing DeJesus for over $1 million.

Unfortunately, as the popularity of laser hair removal treatments increases, so do the amount of injuries resulting from this and other types of nonsurgical procedures such as spider vein removal. In 2004, a woman in Tampa, Florida, had her leg amputated after a spider vein injection treatment at Ideal Image. She received over $2 million in confidential settlements for her medical malpractice and products liability case, which involved three sets of defendants. More recently, a New York woman filed a $5 million medical malpractice lawsuit against a laser clinic that left scars on her torso which she claims cannot be removed.

For consumers who are interested in having laser hair removal or any other non-surgical procedure, the safest precaution is to seek a physician with experience in laser treatments or have the treatment performed by a trained and licensed professional under the supervision of a physician. The Florida Department of Health website offers information as to who is allowed to perform these types of treatments.

Dan Irving is a Coral Springs medical malpractice attorney and a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer handling injury and accident cases for more than 29 years. He has received a 10.0 rating on AVVO, a lawyer rating service, which is the highest rating given for a lawyer. He is also rated the highest ability and ethics rating, "AV", by Martindale Hubbell, a company rating lawyers for more than 100 years.

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