While some skin conditions can be minor, others can have dire consequences for a person’s health. When a dermatologist fails to understand, diagnose, or treat a patient’s skin condition, the patient can suffer severe injuries and, in the most serious cases, death. If you or someone close to you is in this situation, you need the help and guidance of a trusted Syracuse dermatology malpractice attorney. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, we can meticulously analyze your case and determine whether or not malpractice occurred.
A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that female dermatologists were sued less often than their male counterparts. The report scrutinized features of medical malpractice claims against dermatologists from 1991 to 2015 and found that female dermatologists were sued less because they communicated with their patients more than the male doctors. Specifically, the female physicians would more often elicit and validate patient input, as well as provide encouragement and reassurance. As a result, male physicians were 2.5 times more likely to be sued for malpractice than their female contemporaries. In fact, nearly 70 percent of claims were against male physicians. Most claims were results of medical errors in skin operations, followed by misdiagnoses.
Dermatology errors can happen in a variety of ways, including but not limited to failing to timely diagnose skin cancer, failing to properly treat skin cancer, failing to promptly follow up, failing to prescribe the appropriate skin medication, and failing to understand the patient’s complaints. These and other errors can form the basis of a medical malpractice claim when they cause an injury or death to a patient.