Charlotte, NC asked in Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury for North Carolina

Q: Does a delay of melanoma diagnosis constitute malpractice?

Some details will be light for privacy’s sake.

I have a history of melanoma.

I pointed out a spot to my dermatologist that ticked a lot of boxes for something suspicious but they diagnosed it as inflammation.

I came back 2-3 months later since it wasn’t healing. The dermatologist did the pathology himself and said it was negative for cancer.

I came back 2 months later since it still hadn’t healed and we tried more treatment as if it was inflammation.

I came back again 1 month later since it still hadn’t healed and they biopsied again. This time it came back as cancer.

I have been undergoing treatment at the hospital and their pathologist seemed to have found cancer in the earlier biopsy which means my dermatologist missed it.

Based on not getting a biopsy on my first visit, and the missed biopsy 3 months later I feel like I have been a victim of negligence that has delayed my cancer care 5-6 months.

Do I have a case?

1 Lawyer Answer
Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
  • Medical Malpractice Lawyer
  • Las Vegas, NV

A: Yes you may have a case.

Medical malpractice means that a doctor violated the standard of care. A bad outcome is not enough. Another doctor would be needed to evaluate what the doctors did.

Due to the nature of medical malpractice cases, the extent of the injuries may affect the viability of your case.

Consult with experienced attorneys in the state where this occurred.

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