Acne scars can cause a lot of embarrassment when they are on a large portion of the face. The great thing about the problem is that it can sometimes be completely resolved through laser skin resurfacing. However, the skin resurfacing procedure can actually cause more scars if it is not performed properly. If you are in a situation in which a dermatologist negligently performed the procedure and left you with a large number of additional scars, speak to a personal injury attorney, like those at Burke Schultz Harman & Jenkinson Attorneys at Law, about the situation. In this article, discover helpful information in regards to filing a personal injury lawsuit against the dermatologist that performed the laser skin resurfacing procedure on your face.
1. Starting the Lawsuit
In order for the lawsuit to begin, an attorney will make sure your claim points to negligence on behalf of the dermatologist. You will basically go through a consultation with the attorney to explain why you are disappointed with how the result of the laser skin resurfacing procedure turned out. Show the attorney the damage that was done to your face if the consultation is held in person. You will also be asked questions in regards to the incident, so answer them with complete honesty. The attorney will let you know if he or she is willing to take the case at the end of the consultation.
2. Proving Your Claim
If you have any photographs of the acne scars that were taken before undergoing the laser skin resurfacing procedure, gather them up as evidence. Photographs that show the severity of scarring that was left after the procedure should also be used for proving your claim. An attorney will focus on proving that the dermatologist performed the procedure in a negligent manner, such as by getting advice from other dermatologists. The background of the dermatologist will be investigated to make sure that he or she is properly licensed. Other people that experienced negligent work from the dermatologist will be contacted if any are found.
3. Paying for Legal Assistance
If you are worried about how you will afford to pay for the assistance of a personal injury attorney, there is no need to. It is common for personal injury lawsuits to be charged based on whether or not the case ends up being successful. For example, you are likely to be charged a contingency fee instead of an hourly rate. The contingency fee will basically be a percentage of what you win in court, and it isn't paid to the attorney until the case is complete.