When a patient hears the word cancer they automatically think the worst. Yet early diagnosis and treatment can slow or stop cancer and keep it in remission. We trust that our doctor will always provide us with the best treatment options for the various stages of the disease. Unfortunately, that was not the case for one Cook County man. A lawsuit was recently filed against an oncology doctor alleging negligence in the prostate cancer death of the man. The lawsuit alleges that the doctor did not properly treat the man’s cancer and this ultimately led to his death. The lawsuit seeks more than $50,000 in damages.
According to information in the lawsuit, the man was diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer which went into remission in 2010. His doctor then decided to discontinue treatment and monitor the PSA levels (prostate-specific antigen) of the man. In 2013 the cancer returned but the doctor did not continue the shots which had previously been successful in treating the cancer. Additionally, the doctor canceled an appointment with the man during which he allegedly took a vacation for a month out of the country. The cancer ultimately spread and the man suffered a fatal stroke in 2014.
Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer. It affects men most often over the age of 50. The symptoms of prostate cancer include difficulty urinating, erectile dysfunction, painful urination, or blood in the urine, to name just a few. Regular testing is essential in the early diagnosis and treatment of the disease. When diagnosed early, prostate cancer patients have a high rate of survival. Treatment generally consists of surgery, radiation treatment, or hormone therapy. In this case, the man’s treatment ended after his cancer went into remission and the doctor did not properly diagnose and treat the recurrence.
Lack of Treatment May be Malpractice
The term malpractice is used to define a situation where the medical professional did something wrong which resulted in serious harm to a patient. In this case, the lack of proper treatment caused the patient to suffer significant harm because there was no immediate treatment for cancer when it returned. It is also important to note that a doctor is held to a high standard of care and is expected to know what may be harmful to a patient. In medical malpractice cases such as this one, both negligence and liability must be proven. The doctor in this instance knew or should have known that the lack of diagnosis and treatment could cause serious harm to the patient.
Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
Doctors and other medical professionals have insurance to cover the incidence of negligent care or medical malpractice. A medical malpractice attorney works with insurance companies to negotiate damages. Damages consist of monies that are owed for such things as hospital costs, pain and suffering, and legal expenses, among others. Many medical malpractice lawsuits are settled before they go to trial. However, sometimes an agreement cannot be reached. Your attorney will prepare your case for litigation should the need arise. If you or a loved one has been seriously harmed because of the negligent actions of a doctor, you deserve compensation. Contact the experienced legal team at Levin & Perconti to discuss your case.
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