This was a highly personal case involving a man from Mount Isa, Queensland who suffered immensely following a botched penis enlargement. Our client, a man in his early thirties who, after years of feeling extremely self-conscious, decided to obtain cosmetic surgery. Knowing that this surgery would be a highly personal and private, client decided to make a series of detailed enquiries.
The Defendant doctor in this matter consulted with our client and, whilst failing to take into account his psychiatric vulnerability and history, assured him of results that were unprecedented based upon the medical evidence. Trusting the medical professional, our client agreed to obtain cosmetic surgery.
Following the surgery the Defendant doctor released our client advising him only to, ‘take it easy’. He awoke the next morning with significant swelling, bleeding and extreme pain. He returned to the Defendant Doctor who assured him that everything was fine and that he should fly back to Queensland the following day. On his return trip to Queensland our client was forced, due to extreme pain, to admit himself to hospital before he could return home to Mount Isa. In the following weeks he continued to rest as advised by the Defendant Doctor. He was unable to return to work for 6 weeks and ended up contracting an infection. Our client flew back to New South Wales, still trusting his medical practitioner and underwent a second corrective surgery. Unfortunately, this made no difference for our client.
Once he had healed it was discovered that not only had he expended a significant amount of money time and effort in obtaining such a sensitive and private procedure, but in fact it had left him with severe injuries and failed to achieve any of the promised benefits. Frustrated, understandably traumatised and embarrassed with nowhere to turn, he approached Gerard Malouf and Partners where a senior solicitor with over 30 years of experience in highly sensitive matters, took carriage of this matter. Our specialised medical negligence team, obtained medical expert reports and opinions that established a presence of negligence by our client’s plastic surgeon.
In our investigations, through consulting with expert doctors, it was established that not only was the surgery that was performed by the Defendant Doctor an outdated technique that was no longer used, but the promises that were made to our client were grossly over the top and did not represent realistic results. Equipped with this damning information, our team briefed an experienced Barrister in this matter and commenced proceedings..
In an attempt to minimise any further grief, embarrassment, delay and costs to our client, we entered into early negotiations with the Defendant Doctor’s legal representatives. Once faced with our supportive evidence they agreed to enter into negotiations and the matter resolved for over $200,000.00 without having to go to trial, thus minimising costs. Our client was extremely grateful for the settlement and was excited to finally obtain counselling, corrective surgery and begin to move on with his life.