California has recently proposed a legislation that would increase penalties on businesses illegally owning and/or operating medical spas. Many of these medical spas do not have medical supervision which can be dangerous to the customers seeking them out. Many clients come out physically scarred because business owners were not knowledgeable or trained enough on the procedures.
According to the International SPA Association, more than 1,500 medical spas were opened in the United States between the years of 2002 and 2010. An actual official count of the number of medical spas in California cannot be found since they are not required to register their business with the state medical board or notify other government agencies.
Many medical spas perform procedures such as Botox injections, microdermabrasion, and laser hair removal treatments. These procedures are considered medical procedures yet many of these treatments are performed without the proper supervision necessary or done by someone without the adequate medical background to properly administer the procedure. This can prove to be harmful. One doctor, Dr. M Christine Lee who is a dermatologist, says she gets at least five patients a year with burns from their faces because they went to a medical spa who tried to perform a laser hair removal treatment. These patients come in with severe burns, eye and nerve damages, and sometimes permanent scarring.
This issue has been causing many individuals unnecessary personal injuries as a result of negligent business owners. The new legislation would higher the fines and penalties a medical spa would face in order to discourage them from doing treatments they are not suited to do. Previous fines were not large enough to prevent a company from administering these procedures. Being charged with a misdemeanor or a felony plus the threat of jail time and a higher fine will hopefully stop these medical spas from harming their clients.
To own a medical spa, 51% of the business must be owned by a physician and the remainder is to be owned by a licensed practitioner. However, this still allows many medical spas to get away with letting nurses perform the procedures, some of them which were never educated or trained in the field.
With the proposed legislation, any medical spa caught illegally doing these procedures will have harsh consequences. It is time for real punishment to kick in. It is never acceptable to cause physical or mental harm on an innocent victim. These customers who are looking for a simple skin care remedy can come out with burns, injuries, and scars. The medical spa businesses had a responsibility and unfortunately, many of them abuse it.
If you have been involved in a medical malpractice that resulted in personal injury, you have a legal right to seek compensation for any scars, burns, or injuries you may have received. These businesses were negligent in not training their staff properly and not supervising the procedure. Contact a Los Angeles personal injury attorney today to see what you can do to fight back this injustice done to you.