I had a cyst removed from my lip now 4 months later I have no nerve feeling in my lower lip

After having a cyst
removed from my lower
lip in January I have
no feeling in my
lower half of my
right lip I really
don’t know what to do
my next appointment
with my doctor is in
June. The Doctor Who
perform this
operation has moved
on to another
hospital but it was
performed at Henry
Ford Hospital.

Asked on May 6, 2016 under Malpractice Law, Michigan


S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Medical malpractice is negligence.  Negligence is the failure to exercise due care (that degree of care that a reasonable medical practitioner in the community would have exercised under the same or similar circumstances to prevent foreseeable harm).
Prior to filing a lawsuit for negligence against the doctor, it may be possible to settle the case with the doctor's malpractice insurance carrier.  Before proceeding, obtain the medical report in June to determine whether you have a severed nerve or another factor causing the loss of feeling in your lip.  That medical report will determine whether or not you have a malpractice case.
If the medical report supports a finding of malpractice, also obtain your medical bills and if applicable, documentation of wage loss.
Your claim filed with the doctor's malpractice insurance carrier should include the medical bills, medical reports and documentation of wage loss.
Compensation for the medical bills is straight reimbursement.  The medical reports will document the nature and extent of your condition and will be used to determine compensation for pain and suffering, which is an amount in addition to the medical bills.  Compensation for wage loss is straight reimbursement.
If the case is settled with the malpractice insurance carrier, NO lawsuit is filed.
If you are dissatisfied with settlement offers from the malpractice insurance carrier, reject the settlement offers and file a lawsuit for negligence against the doctor.
If the case is NOT settled with the malpractice insurance carrier, your lawsuit for negligence against the doctor must be filed prior to the expiration of the applicable statute of limitations or you will lose your rights forever in the matter.

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