Case Conclusion Date: June 17, 2011
Practice Area: Personal Injury
Outcome: $1.9 million result
Description: On May 26, 2009, Aura Javellana had tumescent liposuction performed at Sono Bello in Bellevue, Washington, by Marco Sobrino, M.D. Prior to the procedure, Dr. Sobrino failed to perform a physical examination of Ms. Javellana, or take a medical history. During the procedure, no record was kept of how much tumescent solution, which contains lidocaine, was being administered to Ms. Javellana, or how much material was suctioned from her to ensure that excessive lidociane was not absorbed in the tissues. At the completion of the procedure, Dr. Sobrino left the facility before Ms. Javellana was released. Sono Bello put Ms. Javellana into a taxi cab, with no responsible adult to care for her. She was found dead the next morning at a local hotel. King County Medical Examiners performed an autopsy which determined Ms. Javellana died of acute lidocaine toxicity. Claims were brought by the Estate and on behalf of her mother and sister as statutory beneficiaries as they were receiving financial support from Aura.