According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is diagnosed more frequently in a single year than the combined incidence of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers. At some point in their lives, about one American in five will be diagnosed with skin cancer in any of several forms: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and the most dangerous, melanoma. A highly curable disease when diagnosed in its early stages, melanoma can turn deadly when the tumor penetrates the epidermis. In the advanced stages, the survival rate for melanoma falls from 99 percent to about 15 percent.
These figures indicate the importance of timely diagnosis and treatment for skin cancers of all kinds. At Tooher Wocl & Leydon, LLC, our lawyers represent individuals and families throughout the state of Connecticut who have been harmed by delayed diagnosis or other mistakes in the diagnosis of skin cancer. Our law firm holds the AV Preeminent* rating under Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system, and our record of success in medical malpractice litigation makes us a frequent referral choice for other attorneys who understand our commitment to excellence in client service.
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Young and old alike can develop skin cancer. The disease can strike anywhere on the body but is most common on areas of sun-exposed skin, such as the scalp, face, ears, neck, chest, arms, hands, legs and eyelids. In delayed diagnosis cases involving melanoma and other skin cancers, the central legal issue concerns the treating or consulting physician's departure from recognized standards of care in identifying risk factors, symptoms and the need for further testing or screening.
Because the question of medical negligence normally implicates questions of professional judgment, it is necessary to review the medical records with physicians whose experience and credentials correspond to those of the treating doctors.
Signs that should give doctors cause to consider the possibility of skin cancer include:
- Asymmetrical moles, blemishes or lesions
- Large brownish spots with darker speckles
- Moles that bleed or change color, size or feel
- Small lesions with an irregular border and portions that appear red, white, blue or blue-black
- Dark lesions on the palms, soles, fingertips, toes or mucous membranes
- Firm, red nodules
- Flat lesions with scaly, crusty surfaces
We collaborate with outstanding doctors to find the evidence of missed diagnostic opportunities that will often turn up in the medical records. Then we consider whether those missed opportunities amount to departures from applicable standards of professional care.
If you suspect that you or a member of your family has been harmed by a doctor's misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose skin cancer in Stamford, Bridgeport or other Connecticut locations, our attorneys can help you understand your rights and legal options. Contact Tooher Wocl & Leydon, LLC, at either of our offices for a free consultation.
We represent clients statewide and handle all of our medical malpractice cases on a contingency basis. There are no legal fees to pay unless we win.
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