Connecticut Delayed Melanoma Diagnosis Lawyers
Hurt Because of a Medical Error? We Can Help
Melanoma is a form of skin cancer which occurs when there are abnormalities in melanocytes — the cells which produce the skin pigment melanin and protect deeper layers of the skin.
Malignant melanoma is almost always curable if found in its very early stages, and comprises a small percentage of all skin cancers. Even so, it is perhaps one of the most dangerous.
Malignant melanoma causes most skin cancer death — accounting for more than 75% percent of all skin cancer deaths reported each year.
The Harm of Delayed Diagnosis
A delayed diagnosis of malignant melanoma can be life-threatening. If your doctor or healthcare provider was negligent, you have legal options.
Some of the ways your doctor may have been negligent include:
- Failure to consult a dermatologist for examination
- Failure to biopsy any questionable mole or growth
- Failure to biopsy lymph nodes if cancer spread
- Failure to remove an entire melanoma, leaving malignant cells
- Mistakes made when classifying a skin tumor
- Mistakes by pathologists when identifying cancerous tissue
Patients with a delayed or missed diagnosis often do not receive the life-saving treatment they need in adequate time to increase their overall chances for survival.