This information sheet outlines the options available to people who wish to take legal action or make a complaint against Dr Leslie Blackstock. Our firm is acting for several of his patients who all received treatment at Dr Blackstock’s clinic at Emu Plains – Enhance Clinic.
If you have suffered an injury or experienced poor or inappropriate care from Dr Blackstock, we urge you to make an appointment with one of our specialist health lawyers. Our female lawyers are based in regional NSW and are experts in dealing with cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery cases sensitively and effectively. You should also make an appointment with your GP to investigate the need for psychological treatment resulting from your treatment at the hands of Dr Blackstock.
Time limits apply to personal injury cases in NSW – three years from the date of what is known legally as ‘discoverability’ – so it is important that you get legal advice promptly.
About Dr Leslie Blackstock
The NSW Medical Council has suspended Dr Blackstock’s registration, but he has not been de-registered. Dr Blackstock is not a specialist surgeon despite him describing himself on his website as a plastic surgeon with suitable skill and expertise in breast augmentation surgery.
Allegations and complaints against Dr Blackstock include procedures being performed without an anaesthetist; asking patients while sedated if they are satisfied with the appearance of their breasts, no examination or assessment pre-procedure, surgery having to be redone multiple times, and incompetently managing complications from his surgery.
You are not alone
A group of Dr Blackstock’s patients have united to make allegations about inappropriate care. Another qualified plastic surgeon, Dr Kumar, has told media that his practice has seen 30 to 40 women who have had complications that are a direct result of surgery performed on them by Dr Blackstock. You can watch the programme about Dr Blackstock here.
On 5 April 2019, a Judge of the NSW District Court found Dr Blackstock had been negligent in his treatment of a patient who had had breast augmentation surgery. She was awarded in excess of $200,000 for her pain and suffering and past and future medical expenses plus legal costs. You can read about the decision here.
There are different legal options available to aggrieved patients of Dr Blackstock.
- Medical negligence
As in the case decided recently, patients can recover compensation if evidence from an independent plastic surgeon asserts that Dr Blackstock’s treatment fell below an acceptable standard of care and that that a physical and/or psychological injury has resulted.
- Make a complaint to HCCC
You can also lodge a complaint about Dr Blackstock with the Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC). Visit the HCCC website. Our team can assist you with making a complaint.
This information is of a general nature. You should obtain specific legal advice for your circumstances.