Dermatologists are doctors that specialize in the care, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the integumentary system, which includes the skin, hair, and nails. Dermatologists are medical doctors that have completed all the standard years of medical education with additional knowledge, focus, and practice in treating the tissues involved which are soft tissue, connective tissue, muscles, nerves, sebaceous glands, and sweat glands. Dermatologists might specialize in an area such as surgery (cosmetic or otherwise), oncology and phototherapy (concerning skin cancers and their treatment), Immunodermatology (concerning skin problems related to autoimmune diseases), laser medicine, Mohs micrographic surgery (a skin cancer treatment), dermatopathology.
Things a dermatologist might be seen for include:
- Hair loss
- Hair removal
- Hair transplants
- Laser surgery
- Lyposuction (fat cell removal)
- Mole or wart evaluation and/or removal
- Skin cancer (prevention, diagnosis, treatment)
Types of medical errors that a dermatologist might make include the most common in medicine which is a medicine error (wrong drug, wrong amount prescribed, etc). Misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose can occur. The most commonly misdiagnosed things affecting the skin are malignant neoplasms (a type of skin cancer), acne, and contact dermatitis. Cosmetic surgery or elective surgery can also be an area where errors are made. A surgery can go wrong, not produce the results expected, or may have been of a totally unnecessary nature.
If you believe you or a loved one suffered harm or a worsening of a condition due to an error made by a dermatologist, you may be eligible for damages. Contact the experts at the Sweeney Law Firm and let us review the facts to see if you have a medical provider malpractice case. If we decide to take your case, we work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we don’t get paid unless there is a settlement or recovery of funds for you.