MAURICE Blackburn Lawyers has had a high profile win as the Coroner found “wholly inadequate” medical care after a liposuction death.
The medical negligence law firm has welcomed the findings by the Coroner into the 2007 death of Lauren James, who died after liposuction performed at the Centre of Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery (COCAPS) in North Caulfield.
The firm’s medical negligence principal, Kathryn Booth, said the findings by Coroner Spanos support the firm’s arguments that COCAPs post-operative management of James was inadequate and that in the hours before her death there was a 'wholly inadequate clinical response" by Dr Tam Dieu.
Booth added: "[James] developed complications after the surgery. Her partner Simon Dal Zotto was caring for her at home and repeatedly asked for help.
“When doctors became aware that [James’} condition was deteriorating, she should have been admitted to hospital," said Booth.
“This was a preventable death in a healthy young woman,” the firm said.
The firm is now calling for stronger government regulation of the cosmetic industry.
"The surgeon must take responsibility for post operative care,” Booth said in a statement.
"Arrangements should be made for cosmetic surgery patients to be admitted to local hospitals if complications arise. Patients must come first, not commercial considerations,” she said.
Maurice Blackburn is now acting for James’ partner, Dal Zotto, in a civil law suit against the doctors involved in the care of James and COCAPS.
The firm is looking at the injury, loss and damage suffered by Dal Zotto after the James’ death.
Dal Zotto said: "The past three and half years have been the most painful time of my life. Everyday I think of Lauren and what could have been... What I want people to realise is that cosmetic surgery is not as simple as it looks on TV or in the glossy magazines. You have to be aware of the risks."