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Can you sue if skin cancer is misdiagnosed?

Having cancer or other diseases misdiagnosed can put you in a precarious position. If your disorder or disease worsens because of a misdiagnosis, you may be in a position to make a claim, since you could have treated it sooner. Sometimes, people don't think they can claim when a doctor misdiagnoses them, but that's not always the case.

Can you sue for a misdiagnosis of skin cancer?

Any time a misdiagnosis is made, you have a legitimate claim for medical malpractice. Skin cancer can be just as deadly as other kinds, and it's important that you're diagnosed correctly. However, it can be hard to prove that the malpractice took place, so it's important to take steps to confirm it with evidence.

How do you prove medical malpractice?

The first thing you need to prove is that the doctor owed you a duty of care. If he or she did and breached that duty, failing to provide you with the care you needed, then you can say that he or she did deviate from the standard of care he or she should have provided.

Your attorney will need to show that the deviation from the appropriate standard of care is what caused your injuries through misdiagnosis. You'll also want to be able to show how having this injury is affecting your life physically, emotionally and financially. Working with your attorney, you'll discuss many angles for your case, so every potential question or concern can be met. You may need to submit medical documents, have a specialist speak on behalf of your case or take other steps to verify your claims for the court.

Source: FindLaw, "Can I Sue for a Skin Cancer Misdiagnosis?," accessed March 18, 2016

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