Common & Rare Medical Malpractice Cases
There are thousands of medical malpractice cases in the US each year. However, in some fields, they are more common than others. In the world of cosmetic surgery and cosmetic dermatology in DC, for instance, doctors perform more invasive procedures and are more likely to see a malpractice suit than, say, a Washington DC allergist. All medical professionals, however, should have adequate malpractice insurance. Medical malpractice cases can be particularly complex and thus, harder for patients to win. Doctors often make life-or death decisions, and despite years of training and specialized education, may still make mistakes. If the mistake was due to negligent behavior on the part of the doctor, you may be entitled to compensation, and can speak with a medical malpractice attorney to help you obtain it.
One extremely rare cause for malpractice is complication arising from immunotherapy. Commonly known as “allergy shots” immunotherapy involves exposing a patient to a small amount of an allergen, so the patient’s immune system can slowly build a tolerance to the substance. Exposure to this substance, known as an “antigen” can cause the immune system to react, and the body to go into anaphylactic shock. For this reason, it is standard practice for an allergist, like Black & Kletz Allergy in Washington, DC, to monitor patients closely after each immunotherapy session. If the allergist neglects this procedure, the patient may be at risk for a bad reaction, and the doctor may be at risk for a malpractice suit.
In instances like cosmetic dermatology, malpractice is more common, as there may be greater risks. For example, Botox is a popular treatment, and a relatively safe one– however, Juvederm Voluma contains substances that can cause allergic reactions and, even in patients who are not allergic, may cause an adverse reaction if not administered in the proper dosage. As cosmetic procedures grow in popularity, many doctors who are not board certified in dermatology decide to add cosmetic dermatology to their general practices. However, if these procedures are performed by anyone who is not a board certified cosmetic dermatologist, the patient is at risk for a severe allergic reaction and– with some cosmetic procedures–permanent paralysis of the facial muscles. In such an instance, the patient would be wise to consult with a personal injury lawyer, to learn how to best obtain compensation.
If you have been injured due to a doctor’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Your quality of life and your ability to work may suffer as a result of your medical practitioner’s negligence. To avoid this happening to you, thoroughly check your doctor’s credentials and recommendations, and if this has happened to you, consult with an attorney to discuss your legal options.