A missed diagnosis of melanoma can be one of the most devastating mistakes a doctor can make. Melanoma is typically broken down into two types, invasive and non-invasive (in situ). In-situ melanoma is often confined to the top layer of the skin, called the epidermis. All too often, pathologists are overworked and miss the subtleties involved in examining multiple layers of the skin under a microscope to see abnormal cell formations that go below the epidermis.
Invasive melanoma is that type that goes into deeper layers of the skin, below the epidermis. The goal is to promptly treat any in-situ melanoma before it becomes invasive. As technology increases, unfortunately so too does the realization that pathologists and other physicians such as dermatologists and family practitioners, often miss invasive melanoma, or delay treating it because of a failure to diagnose or follow up on classic symptoms that demonstrate biopsy testing is needed.
Here at Gill and Chamas we are actively investigating and pursuing multiple melanoma cases. With our resources and combined experience, the top experts in the world are retained who only deal with and treat melanoma. For more information on medical malpractice, please click this link.