Failure to Diagnose Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, doctors diagnose 5.4 million cases of basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma (the most common types of skin cancer) every year, in addition to approximately 76,000 new cases of melanoma. With early detection, skin cancer is almost always curable. Unfortunately, doctors sometimes fail to diagnose.
Contact Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC in Portland, OR if you have been injured by the failure to diagnose skin cancer. As we work on a contingency fee basis, there is no fee to you until we win your case.
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Risks of FTD Skin Cancer
Some people have a higher risk than others of developing skin cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports the following risk factors for skin cancer:
- Lighter natural skin tone
- Family history of skin cancer
- Exposure to the sun
- Skin that burns, freckles, or reddens easily
- Blond or red hair
- Blue or green eyes
- Certain types or a large number of moles
- Personal history of skin cancer
- History of sunburns, particularly early in life
- History of indoor tanning
As stated by the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, additional risk factors for skin cancer include:
- Exposure to certain chemicals, such as arsenic, coal, paraffin, industrial tar, and certain types of oil
- Human papilloma virus (HPV) infections
- Radiation therapy
- Psoriasis treatment with a combination of psoralen and ultraviolet light
Who Is Liable?
Signs of skin cancer include irregular spots, growths that change color, moles that change shape, and scabs that do not heal. Dermatologists and other doctors have a responsibility to carefully evaluate skin conditions and ask the right questions to rule out or diagnose skin cancer. If an area looks suspicious, the treating doctor should order a biopsy. A doctor who fails to diagnose and correctly identify the type of skin cancer may be liable for the patient’s injuries caused by a delay in treatment.
Why You Need a Lawyer
When bringing a medical malpractice claim against a healthcare provider, such as failure to diagnose skin cancer, the burden of proof rests with you. You must prove that the doctor’s actions represented a breach of the professional standard of care. The standard of care is the level of skill, care, and treatment that is recognized as acceptable in similar circumstances by reasonably prudent healthcare providers.
Oregon is a modified comparative fault state. This means that the court may assign a percentage of fault to each party involved in a lawsuit. Any damages awarded are reduced in proportion to the percentage of fault you have been assigned. Pursuant to the 51% rule, you will only be able to recover damages if you are assigned 50% or less of the fault for your injuries. Our experienced Portland medical malpractice lawyers can obtain and secure evidence to support your claim and present a compelling case on your behalf.
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Failure to diagnose skin cancer can have serious consequences for patients. If you have been injured through this medical error, contact Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC today for a free case consultation.