Our skin is the largest organ in our entire body, yet, unfortunately, many people overlook the importance of taking care of their skin and treating skin conditions.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, more than 85 million people in the U.S. are affected by skin diseases, which is why dermatologists are in high demand in Pennsylvania and all across the nation. Dermatologists are doctors and medical specialists who treat conditions affecting the skin, hair, and nails.
“Like any other healthcare provider, a dermatologist can commit medical malpractice by mistreating a patient, failing to diagnose a skin condition, and failing to follow recognized standards of care,” warns our Philadelphia dermatology malpractice attorney at The Weitz Firm, LLC. One of the most common causes of dermatology-related medical malpractice claims is failure to diagnose skin cancer in a timely manner (more often than not, a dermatologist is required to order a skin biopsy to confirm or rule out the presence of cancer).
But cancer is not the only condition treated by dermatologists in the U.S., as there are more than 3,000 medical conditions treated by skin specialists, ranging from minor allergic reactions and acne to cysts, infections, eczema, and psoriasis.
Being a dermatologist is more than just looking at a patient’s skin and prescribing drugs with unpronounceable names. A dermatologist must adhere to the highest standards of care, which means that any changes in the skin of a patient needs to be regularly and properly monitored.
For example, if a cancer lesion is removed, a dermatologist has a duty to ensure that no cancer or other abnormal cells remain in that area of skin. “When prescribing medications, a dermatologist must review the patient’s medical history and ensure that this particular treatment or drug is appropriate for this particular patient and his or her situation,” says our experienced dermatology malpractice attorney in Philadelphia.
Dermatology malpractice can take many forms and shapes, but the most common causes of medical malpractice lawsuits against dermatologists include:
Dermatology malpractice can result in devastating consequences and irreparable harm to the patient. It is not uncommon for dermatologists to make medical mistakes that lead to:
All of these consequences can cause pain and suffering, medical expenses, loss of earning capacity, lost wages, diminished quality of life, and many other damages and losses.
Recovering damages when you have been a victim of dermatology malpractice can be tough, especially for those who are feeling traumatized and frustrated by their injury or illness caused or aggravated by a negligent dermatologist. If this sounds like you, do not hesitate to schedule a free consultation with our medical malpractice attorneys at The Weitz Firm, LLC. We can help you seek compensation for your losses and damages. Call our offices at 267-587-6240.