Posted On: October 14, 2010 by Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney

Media, PA Woman Awarded $5 Million in Malpractice Suit

Kimberly Reed of Media, PA was awarded $5 million in damages after she filed a suit against a Ridley Park dermatologist. According an article in the Delaware County Times, her suit claims that her cancer was not diagnosed in its early stages by her dermatologist. Her face became disfigured from multiple surgeries for cancer.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas are highly curable, but melanoma, the third most common skin cancer, is more dangerous. About 65%–90% of melanomas are caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light or sunlight.

Medical misdiagnoses occurs when a doctor or physician fails to identify the correct ailment or disease, potentially by not giving patients enough time and attention or not listening closely to their complaints. Failure to order diagnostic tests or make a referral to an oncologist could delay a cancer diagnosis months or even years.

This is a serious type of malpractice, which can cost many people their lives. Hundreds of thousands of people die each year in the U.S. from cancer. Early detection and early treatment is the key to preventing cancer from spreading, and without proper diagnosis many people are suffering needlessly because their doctors have not properly diagnosed their cancer.

Contact Cherry Fieger & Marciano, LLP to discuss your Pennsylvania medical malpractice case with an experienced Philadelphia medical negligence lawyer right away. Our attorneys may be able to recover the maximum monetary compensation for your injuries and suffering. Cherry Fieger & Marciano, LLP offer free and confidential consultations. Contact us today.