Infections typically are risks incident to surgical procedures, and the costs likely would exceed a recovery, but have a local malpractice lawyer order your records to investigate. Avvo has a great lawyer finder tool.
Since state laws on Medical Malpractice differ significantly and damages seem relatively small consult a medical malpractice attorney before planning the trip down to the caribean.
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Assuming she is fine now, even if there was malpractice it probably would not be worth pursuing.
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It is unlikely that the damages are significant enough to warrant a medical malpractice claim even if there was negligence. But you should consult a local attorney.
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