Malignant melanoma is the most deadly of the skin cancers. It is usually associated with exposure to the sun and is a growing problem here in Arizona. Malignant melanoma can quickly spread to other parts of the body. It is a particularly difficult cancer to treat but can be successfully treated.
If you have issues regarding malignant melanoma, please reach out to our firm for guidance.
Early Detection and a Proper Diagnosis is Important
Early detection is key to the successful treatment of melanoma. If it is detected and treated before it spreads, the chances for success are good. It is important for patients to minimize sun exposure and to be aware of changes in their bodies. Moles can change and become melanoma. Changes should be brought to the attention of a dermatologist, who is trained to recognize what is and what is not a significant skin lesion.
Malignant melanoma can appear anywhere on the body, even in places which are not usually associated with exposure to the sun. We represented one client who had a melanoma on the bottom of her foot. Unfortunately, sometimes doctors fail to recognize a melanoma when they see it. In the case of our client who had a melanoma on the bottom of her foot, her doctor thought it was a wart and tried to burn it off.
Sometimes patients with melanoma go to their family doctor. While some family doctors may be good at recognizing melanoma, some are not and should refer their patients with questionable skin lesions to a dermatologist for a second opinion.
Consult With Our Experienced Team
If you or a family member believe you may have been injured as the result of a failure to diagnose a malignant melanoma or the failure of your family doctor to refer you to a dermatologist, you should have your case reviewed by an experienced attorney.
Meet Bill Sandweg and John Ager
The foundation of our success is the hard work and experience of two seasoned lawyers, Bill Sandweg and John Ager. Together, we leverage more than 50 years of experience to help fix the harm suffered by the victims of injury death. Our full-time staff includes a dedicated nurse consultant and a paralegal, in addition to a physician, who is also a lawyer and serves as "of counsel" to our firm.
Bill Sandweg has been practicing personal injury law for 40 years. He is certified by the State Bar of Arizona as a specialist in personal injury and wrongful death. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America, Arizona's Finest Lawyers and Southwest Super Lawyers. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates as well as a Fellow and Regent of the American College of Trial Lawyers, perhaps the most exclusive and elite organization of successful trial lawyers.
John Ager has been litigating personal injury cases involving catastrophic injury and death focusing on medical negligence cases for 17 years. He is certified by the State Bar of Arizona as a specialist in personal injury and wrongful death litigation. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and has been recognized by The American Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Arizona since 2007. He is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell and 10.0 by Avvo, their highest ratings. He also sits on the board of directors and faculty of the State Bar of Arizona College of Trial Advocacy, Arizona’s premiere trial college.