Dermatologist sued over plaintiff’s burns

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A Seattle man on Monday filed a lawsuit against a Wexford dermatologist alleging he suffered burns over 100 percent of his body when he was left inside a phototherapy machine longer than was prescribed.

Andrea Della Corte went to Dr. John P. Welsh at Francis, Costa and Welsh Associates in Dermatology LTD on June 19, 2012 to begin UVB phototherapy treatment for vitiligo — a skin condition.

Dr. Welsh prescribed 15 seconds in the machine.

However, according to the lawsuit, when Mr. Della Corte was placed inside by a medical assistant, the woman mistakenly set the machine for 15 minutes.

When Mr. Della Corte became concerned the lights didn’t turn off, he called for help, and after several minutes, the complaint said, he was rescued.

“Following the excessive UVB photothereapy treatment, plaintiff became extremely ill and suffered intense pain and suffering caused by severe burns over 100 of his body, including his genitals,” the lawsuit said.

It alleges that Dr. Welsh went to Mr. Della Corte’s apartment the following day, and the doctor said his condition should improve in a few days. But the next day, blisters appeared all over his body.

Mr. Della Corte said in the complaint he suffered severe pain and scarring and missed a preplanned vacation.

The dermatology center could not be reached late Monday.


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