Medical Negligence-Dermatology(2 Days Series) : Day 1

24 February, 2018

 Cosmetic procedures are ‘need felt.’ It is the innate desire to ‘look good’ that drives the patient to seek such aesthetic procedures. However, the treating dermatologist should not be over enthusiastic, and need not succumb to the needs of an insisting and highly demanding patient. It is always preferable to play safe rather than being too accommodative as the cosmetic procedures have the inherent risk of malpractice litigations leaving an unsatisfied patient and a troublesome lawsuit against the doctor.

COMMON COMPLICATIONS ENCOUNTERED IN COSMETIC DERMATOLOGY/DERMATOLOGIC SURGERY

Although misdiagnosis of cancer is the commonest litigation, the present day dermatologists are performing increasing numbers of cosmetic procedures and surgeries, which have the inherent risk of malpractice litigations.

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WHAT TO DO WHEN SOMETHING GOES WRONG

  • Even the most experienced and skilled dermatologist can have a bad day. In such a case, you are really better off acknowledging it. Be polite to the patient, listen to his complaints, counsel if necessary and redo or treat the patient.
  • Do not charge the patient once again. By acknowledging, you may have a hassle on your hands, but you may not get to a lawsuit. Try to make an out of the court settlement if your defense is weak. This saves your reputation as well as the economic loss due to the time spent in attending the courthouse.

 

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