More than 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in the UK; in fact, prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men. The prostate is a gland which forms part of the male reproductive system and it’s situated between the anus and the bladder. Prostate problems can often lead to issues maintaining an erection. In its early stages, prostate cancer does not usually produce symptoms, although this varies from person to person, so failure to diagnose prostate cancer can be common. Symptoms to look out for include difficulty passing urine, blood in urine (haematuria), needing to rush to the toilet or needing to pass urine more often. If you have visited your GP several times over a few months, with some or all of these symptoms, your doctor should normally perform a rectal examination. They will also usually arrange for a blood test to determine if your Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) level is abnormally high. A high level means you may need a biopsy of your prostate. If your doctor fails to refer you for tests or carry out these tests, you may be eligible to claim compensation if you are later diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Have you been affected by prostate cancer?
If you have been affected by prostate cancer, you may have needed time off work for treatment and the diagnosis will have affected not only you but your family and friends. Doctors who fail to reach the professional standards expected of them may be guilty of clinical negligence, and if you have been affected by your doctor’s failure to diagnose prostate cancer, you could be eligible to claim compensation. A professional personal injury lawyer will be able to offer you advice and discuss the claims process in more detail – they will usually consult with medical experts to gather evidence in support of your claim.
Claiming compensation for failure to diagnose prostate cancer
Your quality of life can be seriously affected by your doctor’s failure to diagnose prostate cancer. Contact Accident Advice Helpline and we’ll be sympathetic to your situation; we’ve dealt with hundreds of similar claims but we treat every customer as an individual. We’re happy to offer confidential, no-obligation advice to help you decide whether or not claiming compensation is the right option for you, and we operate on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, so there are no upfront fees to worry about. Call us today on our freephone 24/7 helpline to see how we can help you.
Date Published: July 18, 2014
Author: David Brown