The skin cancer misdiagnosis lawyers in NYC at Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool And The Law Office Of William A. Gallina, LLP represent victims of skin cancer misdiagnoses. Skin cancer is an increasingly common form of cancer. Skin cancer can be very responsive to treatment if it is detected at an early stage. However, like many other types of cancer, the prognosis changes if the cancer is not diagnosed before it reaches a late stage.
A misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose skin cancer can lead to serious harm to the patient; in some cases, it can even lead to death. Our lawyers hold physicians and health care institutions responsible for improper diagnoses. We fight to secure the compensation that our clients and their families deserve.
What Is Melanoma?
Melanoma is a deadly form of skin cancer. If caught early and treated, it is almost completely curable. Malignant melanoma usually shows one or more of the following symptoms and signs (the ABCDs):
- Border irregularity
- Color changes or too many colors in a single mole
- Diameter more than 6 mm (the size of a pencil eraser)
- Some add a fifth letter: E for Evolving, or changing over time
How Is Skin Cancer Usually Detected?
Self-inspection of moles or suspicious areas often results in early detection. Typically, a patient will notice a mole that looks "different" and will bring 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. A biopsy can then determine if the mole is cancerous.
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 their skin 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 among 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 metastasize and grow to a size that is significantly more dangerous.
Experienced Skin Cancer Misdiagnosis Lawyers In NYC
Due to the complex nature of skin cancer and medical malpractice cases, it is important that injured patients seek the counsel of a skilled attorney. An experienced 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 And The Law Office Of William A. Gallina, LLP, our skin cancer misdiagnosis attorneys use a process with a history of success for handling skin cancer misdiagnosis 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.
Our Lawyers Handle Wrongful Death Claims For Skin Cancer Misdiagnoses
When skin 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 the 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. Our skin cancer misdiagnosis attorneys have the knowledge and experience to help alleviate the financial burden placed upon the families of deceased patients. Our lawyers have been defending the rights of victim's families for over 60 years. Our knowledge and resources have led to numerous multi-million dollar settlements.*
How Do I Schedule A Legal Consultation Regarding A Skin Cancer Misdiagnosis?
If you or someone you love has suffered harm due to a skin cancer misdiagnosis, you may be entitled to compensation. For a free consultation with our skin cancer misdiagnosis lawyers in NYC, call our Manhattan office at 212.406.1700, our Bronx office at 718.892.0400 or contact us online. We will review your case and discuss your legal options with you. The attorneys at Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool And The Law Office Of William A. Gallina, LLP take all cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning our services are free of charge unless there is a monetary recovery. Our law firm is proud to serve the New York City area, including the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island, as well as the surrounding counties and New Jersey. We offer legal services in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Chinese.