If you've discovered you have cancer after struggling with pain or unusual symptoms, you may be upset that the problem wasn't caught earlier. If you saw your doctor, you may even blame him or her for not taking the steps necessary to identify what was wrong with you. A misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis can allow the cancer to spread, putting you at a higher risk of injury or death.
That's what happened in this case out of Cook County. A man has claimed that a doctor's diagnosis was so delayed that it allowed his cancer to worsen, resulting in his need for additional medical treatments and putting his life at risk. His lawsuit claims that the doctor and the doctor's practice should be held accountable for a long delay in diagnosing his cancer.
In November 2012 and September 2013, the man had reported having blood in his stool to his doctor. He claims that the doctor didn't adequately evaluate the bleeding and didn't bother to refer him to a specialist. Because of that, he had no idea that he had anorectal cancer.
The cancer was diagnosed in November 2013, because another doctor performed a physical exam and then a colonoscopy to confirm the diagnosis. At that point, the man was able to obtain treatment. The delay in the diagnosis allegedly led to a substantial progression of the disease, which puts the man at a higher risk of death due to the cancer. The lawsuit cites several items, such as lost income, pain and suffering, a shortened life expectancy and others while asking for over $50,000 in damages plus costs.
Source: The Cook County Record, "Man alleges doctor’s delayed diagnosis allowed cancer to worsen," Dan Harkins, June 09, 2015