A Doctor Removed Some Skin Tags from My Neck and Several Months Later The Burns Are Still Visible. Should I Sue for Malpractice?

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.

Ben Glass
Ben Glass is a nationally recognized Virginia injury, medical malpractice, and long-term disability attorney