When families here in Arizona need to go to the doctor, they trust that they will be given the best of care. Most of the time, this is exactly what happens — physicians and other medical experts work to ensure that patients are treated properly and professionally. If a patient is hurt, that trust is irrevocably broken, not to mention the physical and emotional toll that it can take on a victim and his or her family. Medical malpractice is a serious issue, as one recent out-of-state case highlights.

In Nebraska, a cosmetic surgeon is facing several medical malpractice lawsuits. Patients allege that the physician has caused them physical harm after improper care. One woman went to the surgeon in question seeking a tummy tuck. According to her, the surgical incisions did not heal correctly, and she now claims that his negligence caused her to have significant scarring as well as a great deal of pain. Other patients allege that they experienced similar outcomes, including disfigurement and painful scars,

There are currently 35 outstanding cases of medical malpractice against this surgeon, including nine that were only added recently. A hearing that happened within the last few weeks sought to consolidate all of the cases into one trial. The plan is that a handful of victims will testify, representing all of the cases involved.

Though this happened out of state, Arizona residents can still learn a great deal from the case. If they or someone they love is unfortunate enough to experience medical malpractice, they may decide to take legal action, which could result in monetary compensation. The hope is that no one will have to suffer at the hands of a negligent medical professional, but if the worst should occur, patients should rest assured that they can move on from physical and emotional injury.