What should I do regarding a medical malpractice suit?

I had skin surgery on the bridge of my nose, very thin skin area, heavy bleeding. It was sutured with non-dissolvable sutures. A week later I went to have the sutures removed. It was still scabbed over somewhat, so I was told it was all done and make a follow up appointment in 3 months. Well 2 weeks later, as the scabs are falling away, there are pieces of suture sticking out of my skin. On one side, I finally picked it off a scab there is a gaping hole and deep down inside that hole is a stitch. There is also 1 or 2 others completely under the skin. I know this will require plastic surgery to fix. I don’t know if I should return to the same doctor as this may be a lawsuit?

Asked on December 17, 2015 under Malpractice Law, Arkansas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Take care of your health first, worry about a lawsuit second. If you basically trust the first doctor, consult with him or her again and see if the healing process is occuring correctly, whether there are any complications, and if you need some additional procedure. Assuming you trust the first doctor and have no compelling evidence of bad medical practice, as a practical matter, it's probably better to stick with him or her.
If you have doubts or concerns, get a second opinion. If the second opinion is that everything is ok, you can continue with the first doctor. If the second opinion is there's a problem, seek care for the issue and consult with a malpractice attorney to law the groundwork for a case.


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