Hazlet, NJ asked in Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice for New Jersey

Q: Is my dermatologist liable for not recognizing a bump which was a malignant melanoma for over a year and a half?

I notified the dermatologist about the bump and she didn't think it was anything important. For over a year covering three appointments this bump was discussed and no action was taken. I finally asked to have it biopsied and that's when they found out it was malignant melanoma. I had a serious operation, skin graft, radiation, and a very unsightly Scar and hair loss. I feel that she should be held responsible in some way. The operation was 14 months ago. I am still healing from it.

1 Lawyer Answer
H. Scott Aalsberg
H. Scott Aalsberg
  • East Brunswick, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: Yes it sounds like you may have a good case against your dermatologist for failure to diagnose, however you also have to worry about waiting too long as you may lose the right to sue for your injuries/damages. I suggest setting up an appointment with a good lawyer ASAP, most offer free in office consultations.

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