Plastic surgeon Leonard Hochstein involved in legal battles

Plastic surgeon Dr. Leonard Hochstein — who’s referred to as the “Boob God” and married to “Real Housewives of Miami” star Lisa Hochstein — is embroiled in a number of legal messes.

Former affected person Luz Del Alba filed a malpractice go well with in June in Miami Circuit Court towards Dr. Hochstein and his follow, Surgery Center of North Miami, alleging {that a} 2020 thigh elevate and arm elevate, which require liposuction, left her with “large open wounds” and “significant limitation” of the “range of motion” in her arms. She additionally alleges she suffered “constant exquisite pain” and “infection.” 

In 2021, she had surgical procedure by a special physician to repair the alleged botch-job, however alleges she is going to proceed to have “severe cosmetic disfiguration” and “functional impairment,” in addition to endure “economic damage,” from having to pay for extra work and in addition misplaced wages from having to take break day.

She is looking for damages in extra of $30,000.

Meanwhile, Dr. Hochstein and his follow are additionally dealing with a go well with for medical negligence filed in 2019 by Christine Wilson.

Wilson alleges that whereas having a breast augmentation, breast elevate and liposuction, “a metal surgical needle,” was left in her physique.

She claims to have endured “pain and suffering, incurred significant medical bills and expenses” and “extreme mental and emotional anguish,” in keeping with courtroom papers.

Wilson is looking for damages in extra of $15,000.

Dr. Hochstein mentioned he couldn’t touch upon the circumstances, however instructed us, “I have been a surgeon for 31 years. Up until this time I have never been sued for malpractice. In this litigious environment that is quite an accomplishment. I can also tell you my lawyer firmly believes we will prevail in these two cases as well.”

LIsa and Leonard Hochstein pose at an event in 2018.
The Hochsteins are pictured in 2018.
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Meanwhile, he has additionally launched a barrage of legal salvos himself in an try and fight what he claims are unfavourable on-line opinions of his follow made by faux accounts.

In June, his attorneys filed courtroom papers towards Google, demanding that the tech big flip over any proof that may show the true identification of the “defamatory impersonation accounts” which have left opinions on the Google itemizing for Dr. Hochstein’s follow.

Their subpoena calls for login names, addresses, telephone numbers, electronic mail addresses and “any other information pertaining to the identity of the customer or subscriber, including but not limited to billing information.”

Dr. Hochstein’s lawyer Lorne E. Berkeley tells us the reviewers “are not real patients and never have received service from Dr. Hochstein or created fake accounts for whatever reason. The Hochsteins are public figures and some people don’t like them.”

He added, “The Internet is the wild west for people to say whatever they want. Everybody can be a keyboard tough guy, but at the end of the day everyone should be accountable for what they do online and in real life.” 

Hochstein has additionally filed courtroom papers to go after the supposed reviewers on cosmetic surgery overview web site Real Self. He claims that opinions posted in regards to the follow there are additionally “false, defamatory, and/or posted not by a real patient or person who actually received the services of the doctor.”

Josh King, common counsel for Real Self, tells us, “Our users have a right to share their experiences — good or bad — and learn from the shared experiences of others. The vast majority of plastic surgeons understand that the consumer empowerment RealSelf enables is good for patients and providers alike.”

He added, “Unfortunately, sometimes a doctor will resort to ill-advised litigation rather than taking online feedback and trying to improve. In such cases, we defend ourselves vigorously, including seeking recovery of legal fees when such cases are thrown out of court.”

He mentioned that whereas the positioning moderates opinions for compliance with its “community guidelines” and takes down a overview if a courtroom finds that it’s defamatory, the positioning Real Self isn’t answerable for the views expressed by its customers on its pages.

NBC reported in 2019 that Hochstein sued two real patients who wrote unfavourable opinions. According to the report, each girls had signed a number of paperwork on the request of the follow, together with a non-disparagement settlement that said they may not depart “negative reviews or disparaging comments or statements about Dr. Leonard Hochstein or his employees” — and that the affected person agrees to pay $25,000 in damages for every unfavourable assertion.

Dr. Hochstein mentioned on the time, “You want to defend yourself against things that you know didn’t happen.” He added, “Often times, negative reviews discuss things that never occurred and scenarios that would never happen.”

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