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Skin cancer removal fuels surgery gone wrong claim

A cancer diagnosis can be one of the most frightening things to deal with as a New Jersey patient. Even if rigorous chemotherapy or radiation treatments are ultimately not required, most patients suffering from cancer must still undergo surgery to remove cancerous tumors or lesions. A recently filed medical malpractice suit claims that one cancer patient became the victim of a surgery gone wrong after his initial diagnosis. 

The man who filed the claim initially received his skin cancer diagnosis in Jan. 2013, for which he met with surgeon only a short time later. He was allegedly informed that the operation could possibly take up to five hours to complete, but the ultimate result would only be a tiny scar on his nose where the cancer had once been. Although the exactly length of the surgery was not disclosed, the patient apparently suffered from several complications, and the actual length of his scar was allegedly much larger than he was led to believe.

Part of his medical malpractice claim cites disfigurement as one of his damages. According to the victim, the scar leftover from the surgery was actually lumpy and indented, and the bridge of his nose broadened in the process. The new shape of his nose -- a complication he says he was not warned of -- makes wearing his prescription glasses exceptionally difficult. He also cites continued pain and sinus issues that supposedly emerged only after the procedure.

Suffering serious and even catastrophic injuries from a procedure that was supposed to improve life can be especially disheartening. A surgery gone wrong can have far-reaching implications for New Jersey victims, including the unfair burden of additional medical costs, continued pain and suffering and the mental trauma of being harmed by a medical professional. While financial compensation certainly cannot help a patient travel back in time to change the course of events, legal recourse achieved through a successful medical malpractice claim can be applied to various damages related to an injury, allowing victims to focus more on their recovery.

Source: louisianarecord.com, "Doctor accused of medical malpractice, disfiguring man in skin cancer removal surgery on nose", Kyle Barnett, June 27, 2015

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