ADMIRALTY / MARITIME LAW

The impact of a missed prostate cancer diagnosis can be serious

| Mar 30, 2020 | Medical Malpractice |

When a Louisiana resident goes to the doctor they assume they will receive answers as to what is wrong with them and solutions to help them feel better. Most of the time a medical doctor is able to diagnose their patient’s condition and offer them a treatment plan. But occasionally a medical condition is not diagnosed, such as prostate cancer. When it is not treated promptly it can lead a more serious condition.

Each year there are over 170,000 new prostate cancer diagnosis in the U.S. It is one of the most common types of cancer in men. Prostate cancer is usually very treatable with most men surviving the cancer diagnosis. But if they are not diagnosed promptly, they can suffer a more serious condition. Over 31,000 men die each year from prostate cancer. It is important for doctors to routinely screen for prostate cancer every 2 to 4 years beginning at age 50. For men who have a family history the screening may need to start even earlier.

If a person believes their prostate cancer was misdiagnosed leading to a worsened condition, they may want to speak with a legal professional who is skilled in medical malpractice. An attorney can review medical records and consult with medical experts to help determine what happened to cause the missed diagnosis. They can hold medical professionals accountable for their mistake and make sure their client receives compensation for their unexpected medical conditions. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages.

When cancer remains undiagnosed a person doesn’t receive treatment right away when it is the most effective. A patient can suffer a more serious condition and even death because of the delayed treatment.