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Failure To Biopsy Skin Delays Melanoma Cancer Treatment

Our medical malpractice attorneys are experienced in handling claims involving the delay of cancer treatment due to medical errors and mistakes.  These medical negligence lawsuits are very complex and require the expertise and knowledge of an experienced and qualified attorney.  A common basis for a failure to diagnose cancer lawsuit is the failure to biopsy a mole or suspicious skin condition in patient.

Physicians are trained to screen patients for skin cancer.  Even during a routine physical exam, the doctor should be performing a head-to-toe inspection of the skin.  It is often during these routine exams, that a suspicious mole, freckle, or skin mark is observed.  Other times, it may be the patient or a family member observes this abnormal skin condition and brings it to the attention of the physician.

Sometimes, skin cancer can be detected on a patient through a simple visual examination.  Most times, the visual examination provides the doctor with basis for ordering a biopsy to diagnose melanoma, or skin cancer.   There are several types of biopsies used to diagnose melanoma, which include:

  • Punch biopsy
  • Excisional biopsy
  • Incisional biopsy

These biopsies are necessary to diagnosed skin cancer at an early stage so that aggressive medical treatment can begin to combat this deadly disease.  When a biopsy report is produced by the lab and provided to the doctor, the doctor is required to read the report and make proper recommendation.   The failure to request a biopsy and the delay in treatment for a patient with an abnormal biopsy can give rise to a medical malpractice lawsuit.

In this type of lawsuit, it must be proven that the physician should have ordered the biopsy of the patient based upon the appearance of the skin condition.  If there is a family history of melanoma, this provides even a heightened standard of care for the doctor.  To win this type of cancer misdiagnosis lawsuit, it must also be proven that the biopsy would have diagnosed melanoma and that a more favorable outcome to the patient would have resulted with earlier treatment.

If you or your loved one had a delay in skin cancer treatment due to a the failure to order a skin biopsy, you should contact our experienced Michigan medical malpractice lawyers today to discuss your case. Patients who suffer serious harm due to the failure to order a biopsy can pursue a case against the negligent medical professional. In cases involving death, the surviving family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Call today at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our top rated Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. attorneys.  We will represent you in your medical malpractice claim under our No Win No Fee Promise. This means that there are no legal fees whatsoever until we win or settle your case. Call now for your free, no obligation consultation!

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