Prostate cancer screening typically begins around the age of 50 for adult males. Typically, screening involves a digital exam by a physician and a prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test. Additionally, there are symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate that often serve as warning signs of prostate cancer. Doctors who fail to follow-up on certain symptoms or conduct more invasive testing after high PSA results put their patients at risk if cancer is present in the prostate gland. At The Donahey Law Firm, our Ohio failure to diagnose prostate cancer attorneys expose negligence on the part of doctors who fail to diagnose prostate cancer in a timely fashion due to general negligence or a departure from standard treatment protocols. In investigating the actions of doctors, our attorney consults medical experts who review a patient's medical history and the decisions and actions of a doctor in testing for prostate cancer. Our office exposes ignored warning signs, symptoms, and high PSA counts doctors should have follow up on.
If you've suffered serious medical complications due to a failure to diagnose or a delay in diagnosis of prostate cancer, contact the Columbus, Ohio attorneys at the Donahey Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.
Following Up on Suspicious PSA Results
If a prostate gland is enlarged and other symptoms are present, a doctor will likely follow up with a PSA blood test. If a patient's PSA is elevated, taking swatches of the prostate and conducting a biopsy is usually undertaken. Depending on a patient's medical history and whether or not there is a history of prostate cancer in his family, more extensive testing may be involved as well. Negligence and medical malpractice enters when a doctor elects not to follow up when certain symptoms or results present themselves. Even if cancer isn't found on an initial biopsy, if the PSA remains elevated additional swatches may need to be taken.
Medical Malpractice and a Failure to Diagnose Prostate Cancer
Doctors are liable for injuries and fatalities when they depart from standard treatment protocols. In medical malpractice cases, it's necessary to first demonstrate that a doctor failed to diagnose prostate cancer in a timely manner, that he was negligent in doing so, that injuries or death occurred as a result, and lastly, that a doctor's failures were directly responsible for one or both. Here, our medical malpractice lawyers work closely with medical experts in reviewing when symptoms first presented themselves, what tests - if any - were conducted, and what a doctor did in the face of warning signs and symptoms.
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As personal injury attorneys who have represented numerous clients in late cancer diagnosis cases, we're familiar with the medical and scientific issues involved. We're also familiar with the kinds of tactics and arguments used by doctors to obscure the issues and excuse negligent behavior.
To schedule a free consultation and discuss your case, contact the Columbus, Ohio failure to diagnose prostate cancer attorneys at the Donahey Law Firm today. We have the resources and knowledge needed to establish a balance of power in the courtroom.