Many medical errors happen when a doctor mistakes one condition for another and makes an inaccurate diagnosis. There are cases in which doctors sent patients home telling them that they were suffering from indigestion when it was actually a heart attack. Doctors have also diagnosed patients with ulcers when they had mesothelioma.
Skin cancer is a very common type of cancer that can be aggressive and fatal. Doctors must promptly identify and treat patients by performing surgeries before their skin cancer spreads or reaches an advanced stage. A delay can affect their prognosis. But why do doctors make these mistakes? What do they often mistake your skin cancer for?
The cases vary widely; always err on the side of caution
The issue with skin cancer is that it can have many different appearances, which is why doctors should always be cautious when they observe anything suspicious. Skin cancer could look like:
- A sore
- A dry patch of skin
- A red spot
- A mole
- A wart
- A rash
- A fungus
These are just a few examples, so you can see how easy it is to make a mistake. A doctor may assume that what they’re looking at is just a pimple, for instance, even though the patient knows that “pimple” has been there for months and is causing them a lot of concern. While it’s important to trust doctors, you must also remember that they are human and make mistakes.
Do you have a case?
You might have a valid reason for filing a medical malpractice case if your doctor’s misdiagnosis had devastating consequences for you. An attorney can go over the steps you’ll need to take to recover compensation if that’s indeed the case.