Delayed Prostate Cancer Diagnosis LawsuitLast updated on: September 5, 2022
Prostate cancer continues to be one of the most fatal forms of cancer among men, largely as a result of the failure by many doctors to accurately diagnose the cancer in time. When the cancer is discovered in its treatable phases, the survival rate is very high. Unfortunately, many men lose this opportunity, often as a result of medical negligence. In these situations, you may find yourself asking, “What recourse do I have if my cancer diagnosis was delayed?”.
If your doctor failed to identify the signs of prostate cancer in time, subjecting you to painful or invasive medical intervention, or if you have lost a loved one prematurely because of a delayed prostate cancer diagnosis, call Zinda Law Group today at (800) 863-5312 to schedule your free consultation with a skilled medical malpractice injury lawyer near you. If we cannot win your case, you will not owe us anything, so there is no risk in calling.
Diagnosing Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer continues to be the second leading cause of cancer-related death among men in the United States. As men get older, they need to have regular prostate exams, especially if they may have any known risk factors, including a family history of prostate cancer. Doctors typically use two main forms of detection to test for prostate cancer:
- Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) Blood Test, which is a blood test to determine whether your PSA level is increasing or above normal. If your levels are increasing or above normal, you could possibly have prostate cancer and require further testing.
- Digital Rectal Exam, which is used to check your prostate gland for any masses or nodules that may indicate the potential presence of prostate cancer. If any such masses or nodules are detected, or if the prostate gland appears hard or uneven, a doctor may then order a biopsy to determine whether the irregularity may have been caused by prostate cancer.
Doctors may also use methods to identify or verify the presence of prostate cancer, such as biopsies, ultrasounds, or radiography. If these screening methods are not used by your doctor, and your cancer is able to spread or you suffer any other prostate cancer injury, a medical malpractice lawyer may be able to help you hold your doctor accountable for their negligence in failing to properly detect and diagnose your prostate cancer.
Failure To Diagnose Prostate Cancer
Unfortunately, doctors may miss early warning signs of prostate cancer. Even though an elevated PSA screening may not always indicate the presence of cancer, such a test result should generally result in additional testing and monitoring.
Common examples of potential medical malpractice include physician mistakes such as:
- Failure to record PSA benchmarks
- Failure to communicate test results to patients
- Failure to order follow-up testing or monitoring
- Failure to correctly identify symptoms as potentially being caused by cancer
- Failure to refer the patient to a specialist
Unfortunately, if your healthcare provider failed to meet the applicable standard of care, you may find yourself later asking another doctor or personal injury attorney, “What do I do if my cancer diagnosis was delayed?” Sadly, the resulting reply can be discouraging and potentially bleak. Without receiving the proper treatment when it first becomes necessary, one of the most treatable forms of cancer can lead to much more invasive forms of cancer, or even premature death. Indeed, delayed diagnosis can result in many harmful effects, such as:
- More painful treatment
- Lengthier courses of treatment
- Increased side effects of treatment
- Permanent health problems
- Significant financial difficulty caused by additional treatment
- Physical and emotional pain or trauma.
Is Delayed Prostate Cancer Diagnosis Malpractice?
A delayed prostate cancer diagnosis can be medical malpractice. To make the case that your healthcare provider committed medical malpractice, you must prove four elements:
- Your doctor owed you a professional duty of care.
- Your doctor breached that duty of care.
- You received an injury for which you can receive compensation.
- Your doctor’s breach of care caused your injury.
If these four elements are present in your delayed diagnosis, you may have been the victim of medical malpractice. If you or a loved one have endured a delayed prostate cancer diagnosis, death, or any other delayed cancer diagnosis injury, you should contact an experienced medical injury lawyer as soon as possible to help you pursue any compensation you may be entitled to.
Can You Sue for Delayed Prostate Cancer Diagnosis?
If you think your doctor negligently delayed your prostate cancer diagnosis, you can sue for medical malpractice. However, speak with a lawyer first to confirm that you could be compensated for your injury and ensure that your case meets all of the legal elements of medical malpractice.
Need Help? Contact Zinda Law Group Today
We trust doctors to be able to correctly identify the cause of our health problems or symptoms before properly treating those health problems. While doctors are not able to cure every illness, we expect them to at least avoid making our problems worse as a result of their negligence. Unfortunately, physicians are not above making serious mistakes and negligently causing further injury, such as through a delayed prostate cancer diagnosis.
If your doctor failed to diagnose your cancer in time, leading to its advancement and more difficult treatment, or if you have sadly lost a loved one due to a missed or delayed diagnosis, call Zinda Law Group to schedule a free consultation with one of our skilled medical malpractice attorneys as soon as possible. Our experienced team of medical injury lawyers have years of experience helping victims of medical malpractice, including when medical negligence caused a delayed prostate cancer diagnosis.
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