Neurological Associates

Pain Management Center

Vero Beach, Florida

H. Hooshmand, M. D.

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RSD PUZZLE #120                                                                 

Malpractice and RSD

 

Why is it so hard to prove malpractice in RSD?

Malpractice is defined as a deviation from standard of practice.

1. To prove deviation from standard of practice the doctor needs to be in the same specialty as the defendant. Hence, a neurologist can not claim an orthopedist deviated from the standard of practice.

2. Unfortunately there is no standard established for treatment of RSD. There is no way one can say there was deviation from standard of practice when there is no standard.

3. Normally, the only cases that malpractice can be proven in treatment of RSD are the cases that the doctor made a major error, such as amputating the wrong leg or sticking an arterial blood vessel while aiming for a nerve block.

4. I believe what the orthopedist did was not good medical practice, but bad medical practice does not necessarily prove deviation from standard of practice.

The large majority of practitioners who treat RSD engage in old fashioned and harmful medical practice. Because they are the majority their standard of practice may not be helpful to the patient, and in many cases harmful, but it is not malpractice.

 

H. Hooshmand, M.D.

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