If someone has a suspicious spot on their skin and they are concerned about it they usually would go to the dermatologist to get it checked out. Often times the doctor will take a sample from the spot and will send it to the pathology department for testing. Sadly, the result can come back as normal even though that may not be the case. The problem with this is that the doctor may have taken too small of a sample for it to be read properly. The other issue could be that the doctor took an adequate sample but the pathologist failed to recognize that it was in fact melanoma.
Even with advances in medicine there are still mistakes and problems that can occur. General pathologists don't specialize in dermatology, however there are pathologists that do. And, this is why it is possible that a pathologist could fail to diagnose melanoma. If a diagnosis is not made timely, it could metastasize or spread. Something that could have been removed and was treatable could now result in an aggressive surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.
If something like this has happened to you or someone you love, you might have a claim against the doctor or pathologist. If you have questions and concerns, feel free to call our office at any time.
Due to the nature of our small practice, we are unable to take every case, but we always strive to connect clients with the right attorney for them. We are happy to set up referrals to other attorneys who may be better suited to assist you.