Our Michigan medical malpractice lawyers represent cancer patients and their families in lawsuits involving the misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose cancer cases. This includes cases involving prostate cancer. Victims of this medical malpractice do have legal rights under Michigan law.
Prostate cancer forms in the prostate, which is a gland that is part of the male reproductive system. The prostate is located below the bladder and in front of the rectum. Prostate cancer is significantly more common in older men, with spikes in the rate of prostate cancer occurring at ages 40 and 69. African Americans have about a 40% higher chance of being diagnosed with prostate cancer and about twice the chance of dying from the disease.
Prostate Cancer Warning Signs
There are no warning signs of early prostate cancer. It is not until the cancerous tumor causes the prostate glad to swell, or the cancer begins to move to other areas of the body, that there symptoms will occur:
- Frequent urination
- Difficulty starting or stopping urination
- Weak or interrupted urinary stream
- Urine leaking during laughing or coughing
- Difficultly urinating while standing
- Painful or burning sensation during urination or ejaculation
- Blood in urine or semen
Despite the familiarity doctors have with prostate cancer, misdiagnosis or mistreatment of this type of cancer is a growing cause of medical malpractice claims. Unfortunately, too often doctors and other medical professionals fail to order tests, misdiagnose, and fail to treat prostate cancer. Such errors can give rise to successful medical malpractice lawsuits.
What is Needed to Prove a Prostate Cancer Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?
A medical error that results in a misdiagnosis or the failure to diagnose prostate cancer can give rise to a medical malpractice lawsuit. To win this type of case, it must be established by medical opinions that an earlier diagnosis could and should have been made by the doctor. It must also be proven that if an earlier diagnosis had been made and treatment had begun, the patient would have had a more favorable outcome. Many times, an early prostate specific antigen (PSA) screening or other procedure could have prevented the spread of the cancer and provided an excellent outlook and prognosis for the patient.
Our experienced attorneys will get all of the medical records and have them reviewed by our in house legal team. We will then consult with nationally recognized medical experts to discuss the care and treatment to determine whether medical negligence resulted in harm to the patient. If we can prove your case, we will file your lawsuit against the doctor and medical facility responsible for the negligent care.
How Much are Settlement Amounts in Prostate Cancer Malpractice Lawsuits?
Under Michigan law, a victim of medical negligence can seek several different types of compensation. Settlements can include compensation for pain and suffering, disfigurement, disability, loss of enjoyment of life and other non-economic type claims. Additional compensation is available for loss of income, loss of future earnings, and medical costs and expenses.
In medical malpractice cases involving the death of a patient, surviving family members can file a Michigan wrongful death lawsuit. These lawsuits seek compensation for pain and suffering of the decedent until death, the loss of society and companionship of the loved one by family members, loss of income and support, medical expenses, and funeral and burial expenses.
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Contact A Michigan Prostate Cancer Attorney
If you or a loved one believes medical professionals have mishandled or wrongly diagnosed prostate cancer, you may have a medical malpractice claim. Call our award winning lawyers today at (800) 606-1717 or fill out the free case review form on the side of this page. We will listen to your story and determine if you have a case.
Our attorneys represent clients under our No Fee Promise, which means you will not pay a single penny unless we are able to reach a settlement or jury verdict for you. There is absolutely nothing to lose. Remember, there are strict time deadlines for filing Michigan medical malpractice claims, so it is important you contact an attorney as soon as possible about your case.