Failure to Diagnose Skin Cancer
Early detection and diagnosis of skin cancer can make the difference. In treating cancer, the goal is to find the cancer before it starts to cause symptoms. If your doctor suspects skin cancer, he or she may perform a biopsy. In serious cases where Squamous Cell cancer has spread or in the case of Melanoma, you will see an Oncologist for treatment.
With many diseases or conditions, time plays a vital role the in potential outcomes. This is especially true in the treatment of skin cancer. Medical experts agree earlier cancer diagnosis and treatment increase a patient’s chances of recovery. When a doctor misses or delays diagnosis, the disease has time to grow and spread. This may lead to surgeries, painful and prolonged treatments, or to premature loss of the battle with cancer.
How Does Failure to Diagnose Skin Cancer Occur?
When a physician fails to diagnose skin cancer in time, they rob the patient of the ability to fight the disease in its early stages. Medical experts agree that much of the success of treatment has to do with early diagnosis. Failure to diagnose cancer or a delayed diagnosis of cancer can be the grounds for a medical malpractice claim if any of these factors are present:
– The doctor fails to recommend and/or perform the appropriate cancer screening tests
– The doctor fails to recognize symptoms indicating cancer
– The doctor fails to perform a biopsy on a suspicious looking mole
– The screening tests are not correctly administered
– The testing laboratory makes errors that result in a failure to diagnose cancer
– The pathologist misreads the results of a screening test
Cancer is emotionally, physically and psychologically traumatic under any circumstances. Knowing that a cancer misdiagnosis was responsible for the progression of the disease only adds to the anguish. No one can right the wrong done to you or your loved one. Our attorneys can hold the person or people responsible for their actions.
We recently won $10.5 million in damages for a case involving a dermatologist’s failure to detect skin cancer in its early stages despite seeing the patient 19 times during a three-year period. By the time another doctor detected the skin cancer, the Basal Cell cancer had already spread to the nerves of his chin. The patient underwent surgery that left a lip gap, which impaired both his speech and his ability to eat.
We Can Help
We urge you to consult with us as soon as you suspect you have been subject to medical negligence. We don’t expect you to come to us knowing all the answers—that’s our job. Our attorneys have the experience and expertise to pursue failure to diagnose cancer cases of merit.
At O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble, we will fight on your behalf to provide you with excellent representation. After a thorough review of your case, together, we will determine the most appropriate course of action.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice related to Cancer, please contact the medical malpractice attorneys at O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble. Contact us at 1-908-928-9200, 1-800-586-5817, or Contact us with our Online Form. The initial consultation is free.