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Can I sue for medical malpractice if a dermatologist left permanent scars on my face.Every medical procedure comes with some accepted risks. Cosmetic procedures could result in burns, scarring, or they could simply be ineffective. Before any procedure, a doctor should speak to you about the risks.

When your results go far beyond the "normal" risks for a procedure is when you should speak to an attorney. To file a medical malpractice claim, you need to show the following:

  1. The injury actually occurred. If an injury could have happened but did not, you don't have a medical malpractice claim.
  2. The injury was significant. Temporary abrasions or light scarring is highly possible with any cosmetic procedure and typically not significant enough for a malpractice claim.
  3. The doctor's actions or inactions caused the injury. If the injury was a normal accepted risk and the doctor did what they could to prevent it, you don't have a medical malpractice case.

If you have questions about side effects after a procedure, it is a good idea to get a second or third opinion from doctors at other clinics or hospitals. Bring all your medical records related to the procedure and ask a lot of questions about your injury. If the other doctors don't believe your experiences are normal, you need to speak with an experienced medical malpractice attorney.

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Ben Glass is a nationally recognized car accident and ERISA disability attorney in Fairfax, VA.