Failure to Diagnose Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is an increasingly common form of cancer. While skin cancer can be very responsive to treatment if it is detected at an early stage, like many other types of cancer, the prognosis changes if the cancer is not diagnosed before it reaches a late stage.
Melanoma is a deadly form of skin cancer. If caught early and treated, it is almost completely curable. According to Medicine.net, spots suspicious for melanoma usually show one or more of the following symptoms and signs (the ABCDs):
- A symmetry,
- B order irregularity,
- C olor changes or too many colors in one mole,
- D iameter more than 6mm (the size of a pencil eraser).
- Some now add a fifth letter: E for Evolving, or changing over time.
Self-inspection of moles or suspicious areas often results in early detection. Typically, a patient will notice a mole that looks "different" and brings it to the attention of their dermatologist or primary care doctor, who will then perform a skin inspection. These physicians are required to carefully inspect the skin to determine if the mole is suspicious and needs further testing.
Medical malpractice cases in this area often involve a doctor failing to order a biopsy of a suspicious mole. When this happens, a patient may not receive treatment early enough to stop the spread of the cancer. If discovered early, a precancerous mole can be removed before it metastasizes and spreads through the lymph system to other tissues in your body. Malignant melanoma is one of the most aggressive and life-threatening forms of skin cancer. Early diagnosis can truly make the difference between life and death. A mole or lesion that is not properly biopsied can grow to a size that is significantly more dangerous or can metastasize.Experienced New York Skin Cancer Attorneys
Due to the complex nature of skin cancer and medical malpractice cases, it is important that injured patients seek the counsel of a skilled medical malpractice attorney. A skilled lawyer will investigate the conditions that led to a patient's injury, use medical experts to help gather and review the records surrounding the injury, accurately evaluate the monetary damages suffered by the patient, and pursue maximum compensation if the injured patient has a valid claim.
At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, our medical malpractice attorneys use a process with a history of success for handling failure to diagnose cancer claims. We hire trusted medical experts who assist us in gathering and reviewing medical records and other evidence. We use the information obtained by our experts to determine the doctor's role in our client's injury. When the evidence suggests our client has a valid claim, we will file a lawsuit to recoup any damages they may have suffered. If the case goes to trial our experts will testify on our client's behalf to help prove the doctors acted negligently.We Handle Wrongful Death Claims for Skin Cancer Misdiagnoses
When cancer causes a patient's death, their family may have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit if the cancer was misdiagnosed. While the loss of a loved one can cause immense emotional pain, it can also put their surviving family in a serious financial bind. As a result, a wrongful death lawsuit can provide families of deceased patients with compensation for loss of income, medical bills incurred before death, and funeral costs. Furthermore, the deceased individual's family can recover compensation for a number of non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering the victim endured before death, loss of consortium, and loss of parental guidance. At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool our wrongful death lawyers have the knowledge and experience to help alleviate the financial burden placed upon the families of deceased patients. Our attorneys have been defending the rights of victim's families for over 50 years. Our knowledge and resources has led to numerous multi-million dollar settlements.
Has cancer killed or injured a loved one? Was their cancer initially misdiagnosed by a medical professional? If so, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the doctor responsible for the misdiagnosis. For a free review of your legal options, fill out our case review form or call 212.406.1700.