Failure to Diagnose Skin Cancer

Skin cancer has become an increasingly common form of cancer. While skin cancer is highly treatable at an early stage, the prognosis changes if the melanoma is not diagnosed before it reaches a late stage. If a doctor failed to diagnose your melanoma despite observable symptoms, you may have a legal course of action in the form of a medical malpractice lawsuit. The O’Keefe Firm handles failure-to-diagnose skin cancer cases in Dayton, Springfield, Cincinnati, Columbus and throughout Ohio. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.

Most skin cancer cases are diagnosed after an abnormal mole was noticed by the patient or a doctor during an examination. However, if your doctor failed to order a biopsy of a suspicious mole, or the lab failed to report biopsy results to your doctor, you 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. Our firm works with leading cancer experts to determine whether there was a breach of the standard of care in failing to timely diagnose and treat your melanoma cancer.

Malignant melanoma is one of the most aggressive and life-threatening forms of skin cancer. You may have had regular checkups and may even have expressed concern about a mole or other irregular skin lesion to your doctor, but your doctor has failed to take a biopsy or has put a diagnosis on hold. If you subsequently learned that you have advanced stage melanoma, you want an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer to protect your interests.

We handle all types of claims involving the late diagnosis of skin cancer, with a focus on melanoma. Because melanoma is the most dangerous type 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. We have an extensive knowledge of the different types of melanoma and have worked closely with medical professionals to understand ways that dermatologists, oncologists or other doctors can effectively diagnose and treat skin cancer at an early stage.

We understand the emotional pain and distress that a skin cancer diagnosis can bring. We will provide attentive and compassionate counsel during this difficult time. You will have confidence, knowing that an experienced and determined legal team is working hard to get results for you. For a free case evaluation about a cancer misdiagnosis case, contact The O’Keefe Firm.

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