New York Prostate Cancer Malpractice Attorneys
Representing Those Affected by Prostate Cancer Malpractice in New York & New Jersey
Prostate cancer is incredibly common in the United States, affecting an estimated 191,930 men this year (2020) according to Cancer.net. Aside from skin cancer (melanoma), prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men in the U.S.
While there are many tests and screenings available to detect prostate cancer, doctors and other health care providers often fail to order these tests or properly conduct screenings. As a result, many instances of prostate cancer go undiagnosed or, alternatively, are diagnosed late, after the cancer has had a chance to spread throughout the body. This can have disastrous results, as the survival rate for men with prostate cancer is directly tied to early detection and treatment.
If your or your loved one’s prostate cancer was misdiagnosed or if the diagnosis was delayed due to negligence, reach out to Simonson Goodman Platzer PC as soon as possible. You could have grounds for a medical malpractice case, but it is important that you act quickly as there are various time limits in which to file your claim.
What Is Prostate Cancer?
Prostate cancer is a type of cancer that originates in the prostate, a small gland that produces seminal fluid, which is crucial in the production of sperm. Prostate cancer typically grows slowly and, if caught early, can be successfully treated without excessive harm to the rest of the body. In fact, it is one of the most treatable forms of cancer, with an almost 100% five-year survival rate in cases where the cancer is detected and treated while still in the regional/local stage, meaning when it is still confined to the prostate.
The majority of prostate cancer cases (60%) occur in men over the age of 65, though individuals of any age may develop it. That being said, it is exceedingly rare in men under the age of 40. Because it is so rare in younger individuals, doctors may rule out prostate cancer in younger patients, even when they are exhibiting clear signs of cancer.
Risk Factors for Prostate Cancer
There are certain risk factors that may make an individual more susceptible to prostate cancer. Oncologists and other health care professionals should be aware of these risk factors but should not rule out prostate cancer when an individual does not have any of the risk factors associated with this form of cancer.
Some of the risk factors for prostate cancer include:
- Increased age, especially over the age of 65
- Race; for unknown reasons, black men are at a higher risk of prostate cancer and at a higher risk of developing more aggressive prostate cancer
- A history of prostate cancer or breast cancer in your family
What Is Prostate Cancer Malpractice?
Prostate cancer malpractice occurs when a doctor or medical professional fails to provide a patient with the accepted standard of care, either when diagnosing the patient’s condition or treating the cancer.
You may be the victim of prostate cancer malpractice if:
- Your diagnosis was delayed
- Your doctor misdiagnosed you with something else
- You did not receive any cancer tests after telling your doctor about your symptoms
- Your test results came back negative due to errors
- Your doctor misread or improperly analyzed your test results
- You did not receive immediate treatment with a positive test result
- You did not receive adequate or acceptable cancer treatment
If you believe you may be the victim of prostate cancer malpractice in New York or New Jersey, it’s important that you reach out to an experienced medical malpractice lawyer who can help you understand your next steps. You should not have to simply suffer the consequences of a doctor’s negligence on your own, and at Simonson Goodman Platzer PC, we can help you fight for the justice you deserve.
Contact Simonson Goodman Platzer PC Today
We encourage you to reach out to our legal team right away. In New York, you only have two years and six months to file a claim, while you only have two years to bring your claim in the state of New Jersey. In both cases, the clock starts ticking on the day on which you find out (or reasonably should have found out) that you were the victim of substandard medical care. Typically, this is the same date that you are diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Our firm has a long history of success in even the most complex of cases. In fact, we have been successful in 98% of the cases we have handled and, to date, our attorneys have secured more than $200 million for our clients. Our New York prostate cancer attorneys have extensive experience in this area of law and will work with you from start to finish throughout the entire legal process.
Call our office today at (800) 817-5029 to get started with your free initial consultation.