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Failure to Diagnose Prostate Cancer

Today in the United States many men and their families suffer needlessly due to the failure to diagnose prostate cancer. Tragically, such failure to diagnose prostate cancer can prove fatal.

It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way

This year in the U.S. more than 185,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men.  If diagnosed in the early stages, most prostate cancer patients can be successfully treated.

Prostate cancer is typically found as a result of routine screening. If it appears that a patient may be experiencing signs of possible prostate cancer, there is a simple and inexpensive blood test, called the PSA, that can be performed.  If the PSA test is positive, further testing or a biopsy may be indicated.  Ultimately, if prostate cancer is found, surgery and/or other treatment may be prescribed. Unfortunately, all too often doctors fail to diagnose, misdiagnose, or mistreat prostate cancer.

When a man experiences symptoms of prostate cancer, it’s important that his doctor or healthcare provider undertake the testing and further examination that would be expected in the medical community to determine whether prostate cancer does in fact exist.  When such testing or examination is not undertaken, or if there is a misdiagnosis or mistreatment, a case of medical negligence may exist.

Investigating Prostate Failure to Diagnose Cases

In the case of a failure to diagnose prostate cancer case, it’s critical to carefully review all of the patient’s records. To do so, we typically engage experts, such as physicians and nurses and other qualified health care providers, to carefully review these records.

We need to understand what conditions were being presented at the time the patient saw the doctor or healthcare provider, and what actions and conclusions were made by the doctor or healthcare provider.  A determination must then be made as to whether the actions taken by the doctor or healthcare provider were reasonable based upon prevailing medical standards.  If it appears that the doctor was negligent in failing to diagnose the patient’s prostate cancer (or if the doctor or healthcare provider should have undertaken more examinations or testing and failed to do so) a lawsuit for medical malpractice may be appropriate.

Trusted & Experienced Counsel

If you are suffering from prostate cancer that was not properly diagnosed when the symptoms first occurred, we may be able to help.  Firm founder Jim Dore has decades of personal injury legal experience, and has successfully represented numerous clients in personal injury and malpractice cases.  We can explain to you the standards that must be met in personal injury and medical malpractice claims, and how we will seek to prove every aspect of your case in court.

We know what must be proven to convince defendants and their insurance companies to settle on fair terms for the injuries caused by the failure of their clients to meet acceptable medical standards. If they won’t settle for a fair amount based upon the injuries incurred, we are ready and will work hard to prove the cases of our clients at trial. Our partners are nationally recognized and experienced in investigating medical records to determine if medical malpractice or negligence occurred.

Call Us to Find Out How We May Be Able to Help

If you have suffered as the result of a failure to diagnose or properly treat prostate cancer, please call our firm so that we can arrange to meet with you at a time that is convenient with your schedule. This initial consultation is free, and there is no obligation to hire us.  At our consultation we can learn about your case, and explain your options and what is required to prevail in a case of medical malpractice or negligence.

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