Unfortunately, bladder cancer is often misdiagnosed. When this happens, the patient can suffer serious harm. If this has befallen you or someone close to you, you need to reach out to a skilled Syracuse medical malpractice attorney who can help. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, we are committed to getting our clients the compensation they rightfully deserve in their cases. We have a long history of obtaining favorable results in New York medical malpractice cases.
The bladder, sometimes referred to as the urinary bladder, is a balloon-shaped organ in your lower abdomen near the pelvis. It stores urine from the kidneys until it is passed out of the body. Bladder cancer disrupts healthy cell-producing processes and causes malformed cells to multiply uncontrollably and spread to other parts of the bladder and body.
Bladder cancer accounts for 5 percent of all cancer and is the seventh leading cause of cancer deaths in the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year in the United States about 55,000 men and 17,000 women get bladder cancer, and about 11,000 men and 5,000 women die from the disease. Men are 4 times more likely than women to be diagnosed with the disease.
The symptoms of bladder cancer are similar to symptoms of other conditions and diseases, which is why doctors have to be vigilant to make sure they are diagnosing the condition correctly. Women often get misdiagnosed or encounter delayed diagnosis because bladder cancer symptoms are frequently mistaken for common gynecological problems, such as urinary tract infections. To diagnose bladder cancer correctly, doctors should evaluate the patient’s medical history as well as be aware of the patient’s family medical history. The primary diagnostic test for the disease is urine analysis or urine cytology, which allows the doctor to look for evidence of cancerous cells in the urine in conjunction with other tests.
Once diagnostic tests are ordered and completed, the results should be clearly communicated to both the patient and any other relevant healthcare providers who may be involved in the patient’s care. A bladder cancer misdiagnosis can lead to serious and long-term harm for a patient as it can cause the disease to worsen or spread. All doctors and medical professionals owe their patients a legal duty to provide the accepted standards of care. When medical professionals fail to use this standard of care they can be liable for malpractice. Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional causes injury by failing to use a level of care that another medical professional in the same specialty would have used in the same or similar circumstances.
If you or someone close to you has suffered due to bladder cancer and you feel that medical negligence may have played a role, it is vital to consult with a seasoned Syracuse diagnostic error attorney who can help. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, we are dedicated to representing victims of medical malpractice across New York. For more information about your case, call our offices today at 315-479-9000 or contact us online.
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