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Prostate Cancer Misdiagnosis

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Approximately 200,000 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed in the United States each year. Fortunately, many of these diagnoses are made when the disease is still in its early stages of development and is still highly treatable. Delays in diagnosis, however, diminish a patient’s chance for survival. The medical treatment necessary to eradicate a later stage of the malignancy can be significantly more difficult for a patient to endure.

One of Connecticut’s most respected personal injury law firms, Wocl Leydon, LLC protects the rights and interests of clients who have been harmed due to delayed diagnosis or failure to diagnose prostate cancer. We are an AV Preeminent* litigation firm recognized for our legal excellence in medical malpractice matters, and we are ready to put our experience, skill and resources to work toward maximizing your recovery. Contact us in Stamford or Bridgeport to schedule a free consultation about your legal options.

As in other medical malpractice claims in Connecticut, a successful lawsuit for negligent errors in diagnosis of prostate cancer depends on the support of a medical professional who is willing to testify about what a doctor should have done to timely diagnose the tumor. Our attorneys work with outstanding family practice physicians, urologists, oncologist’s and radiologists to identify the errors that might have occurred in your family’s case, and whether they played a role in causing death or serious harm.

Bridgeport Prostate Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorneys

While regular screening for prostate cancer begins at about the age of 50, appropriate tests should be ordered for men of any age who complain of symptoms such as: frequent or difficult urination, poor urine flow control, painful ejaculation, erectile dysfunction or pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips or upper thighs. The diagnostic decisions made by the physician who encounters these symptoms can have profound consequences for the patient’s outcome.

When prostate cancer is suspected, the initial screening procedures typically include a digital rectal exam (DRE) and a prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test. If any physical abnormalities are discovered or there are elevated levels of PSA in the blood, additional follow-up tests should be performed. Unfortunately, the symptoms of prostate cancer can easily be confused with those of other conditions ranging from urinary tract infection to benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH.

Patients can be harmed by a misdiagnosis when doctors miss the signs of prostate cancer, ignore their complaints of symptoms, perform screening tests incorrectly, misread test results, fail to order subsequent tests when the initial results warrant it, or incorrectly stage the disease. To show that any of these mistakes amounted to medical malpractice under the facts of a given case requires close cooperation between your legal team and its consulting medical experts.

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If you suspect that you or a member of your family has suffered harm through the failure to diagnose prostate cancer in time for effective treatment, we can review your case and help you understand your legal alternatives. For additional information, contact a knowledgeable Connecticut medical malpractice lawyer at Wocl Leydon, LLC in Stamford or Bridgeport.

We represent clients statewide and handle all of our medical malpractice cases on a contingency basis. There are no legal fees to pay unless we win.

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