Issues That Arise Due To A Delayed Prostate Cancer Diagnosis
Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in men. According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 200,000 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2007. Nearly 30,000 men died of prostate cancer that year.
Given the frequency with which men develop prostate cancer, doctors should take considerable precautions to detect the warning signs of the disease. Men who develop prostate cancer can benefit significantly from early detection.
Unfortunately, delayed diagnosis of prostate cancer is all too common. Medical errors that may result in a delayed diagnosis of prostate cancer include:
- Failure to properly screen for prostate cancer
- Failure to order an ultrasound or biopsy
- Misread ultrasound or biopsy slide
- Failure to refer a patient to a urologist
- Improper follow-up after warning signs are detected
If you believe that the error of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional has caused a delayed diagnosis of prostate cancer for you or a loved one, contact the Law Offices of Wade E. Byrd P.A. in Fayetteville, North Carolina. We have more than 40 years of experience in medical malpractice claims, and we are dedicated to vigorously pursuing the compensation you are entitled to.
Your Right To Compensation
Not every medical mistake constitutes a breach of care (negligence), but there are many errors that contribute to a delayed prostate cancer diagnosis that may potentially constitute medical negligence.
Doctors may test patients for prostate cancer through a PSA test, a type of blood test that can help detect the possibility of prostate cancer. Doctors also use digital rectal exams to check for warning signs of prostate cancer.
If a doctor fails to properly screen a patient or fails to properly react to warning signs of prostate cancer, he or she may be guilty of medical malpractice. Before a plaintiff can bring a medical malpractice claim in North Carolina, however, he or she must have a signed affidavit from a medical professional who indicates a willingness to testify at trial that a defendant has breached his or her duty of care.
Not all mistakes constitute medical malpractice and mere delay in the diagnosis of prostate cancer, without a change in prognosis, may not provide grounds for a strong case. However, the likelihood of prevailing in any medical malpractice claim is specific to the facts of a particular case, so it is always wise to consult with an experienced medical malpractice attorney to determine your best course of action.
Put Our Experience To Work For You
At the Law Offices of Wade E. Byrd P.A., we have been representing clients in medical malpractice claims for more than 40 years. We have the experience, resources and commitment to protect your rights. We are passionate advocates for our clients and take pride in the work we do.
We understand that medical errors can be devastating to our clients and their families. If we are retained to handle your case, you can be confident that we will work diligently to provide the quality legal representation you need and vigorously pursue the full compensation you are entitled to.
To contact a North Carolina prostate cancer delayed diagnosis attorney at the Law Offices of Wade E. Byrd P.A., call 910-779-3135 or contact us by email. We are pleased to offer free consultations with our lawyers. We handle all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, so you pay no fees to us unless we recover compensation for you.