A laser medical malpractice lawsuit was filed in November 2019 in Minnesota that alleges that improper laser treatment for a port wine stain birthmark on the left side of a six-year-old girl’s face caused significant permanent scarring and much pain.
The defendant dermatologist began treating the child shortly after her birth in 2011. The defendant initially began treating the child using a pulsed dye laser. The defendant used the pulsed dye laser for more than 25 treatments before switching to a Nd:YAG laser in 2017, which is a much more powerful laser.
The Minnesota laser malpractice lawsuit alleges that the defendant dermatologist had never used a Nd:YAG laser to treat a port wine stain birthmark on a patient in the past, and she had never used a Nd:YAG laser to treat a minor before using it on the six-year-old child. The child’s mother alleges that the defendant dermatologist never advised her regarding her lack of experience with the Nd:YAG laser. The mother further alleges that the defendant dermatologist never advised her regarding the increased risks of using the Nd:YAG laser on her daughter and that she would not have consented to the Nd:YAG laser if she had been so advised.
The Minnesota laser malpractice lawsuit alleges that the defendant performed two test spots on the child using with the laser on October 25, 2017, and she completed the laser treatments using the Nd:YAG laser on December 13, 2017. The lawsuit alleges that the defendant doubled (or more) the amount of energey used than was used during the spot testing. The defendant also used 63 pulses from the laser over an area of 44 square centimeters in December 2017, according to the lawsuit.
When the child developed serious wounds on her face, the defendant dermatologist failed to examine the child in her office but instead provided wound care advice over the phone, according to the lawsuit. The defendant last saw the child on January 3, 2018.
The child’s mother stated in a written statement: “We’re bringing this lawsuit in large part because we do not want to see another child or family suffer the way my daughter and family has. We want accountability.”
The plaintiff’s Minnesota medical malpractice lawyer stated, “It’s an extremely serious case. Facial injuries are among the most devastating injuries one can sustain, particularly a child.”
What Is A Nd:YAG Laser?
Neodymium-doped Yttrium Aluminum Garnet (Nd: YAG) laser is a solid state laser in which Nd: YAG is used as a laser medium. Nd: YAG laser generates laser light commonly in the near-infrared region of the spectrum at 1064 nanometers (nm). It also emits laser light at several different wavelengths including 1440 nm, 1320 nm, 1120 nm, and 940 nm.
Nd:YAG lasers are extensively used in cosmetic procedures such as laser hair removal and the treatment of minor vascular defects such as spider veins on the face and legs. Nd:YAG lasers are also used to treat Venous Lake lip lesions.
If you or a loved one were injured as a result of laser treatment in Minnesota or in another U.S. state, you should promptly find a medical malpractice lawyer in Minnesota or in your state who may investigate your laser injury claim for you and represent you in a laser malpractice case, if appropriate.
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