Cancer survivors in California may agree that they might not have beaten the disease had it not been diagnosed in a timely manner. Misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis are some of the common errors made by medical professionals, and unfortunately, the results often lead to prolonged suffering or untimely deaths. A doctor and a home health care company in another state are facing a medical malpractice lawsuit related to allegations of a delayed diagnosis.
A widow, as administrator of her deceased husband’s estate, alleges the defendants failed to diagnose prostate cancer in her husband promptly. The court documents claim that her husband received wellness exams that were performed by the home health care company on an annual basis. The plaintiff claims that her husband was screened for prostate cancer regularly and asserts that the laboratory results showed increased levels of PSA from 2012 through 2013.
In the complaint, she claims that those results indicated a significant probability of prostate cancer, yet no action was taken. The plaintiff contends that her husband was not informed of the results, nor was it ever suggested he consult with an oncologist. The diagnosis was allegedly delayed until Aug. 2013, only three months before the man passed away.
Damages exceeding $200,000 is sought, plus costs. California residents who have suffered the consequences of a delayed diagnosis — either in personal illnesses or in relation to the deaths of loved ones — are entitled to pursue financial relief to assist with medical expenses, end-of-life costs (where applicable) and other monetary losses. Obtaining substantiating evidence may prove difficult, but the assistance of experienced medical malpractice attorneys is available. Successful presentation may lead to monetary compensation to cover all documented financial losses.
Source: cookcountyrecord.com, “Family alleges man’s cancer diagnosis came too late“, Dan Harkins, Aug. 10, 2015