Testicular Cancer Misdiagnosis
Misdiagnosed testicular cancer has the best prognosis when detected early and promptly treated. After it progresses, the risks of long-term complications and premature death increase. If you or your loved one has suffered harm from a testicular cancer misdiagnosis, our experienced and skilled medical malpractice attorneys can help you pursue substantial compensation through a testicular cancer lawsuit.
A testicular cancer misdiagnosis can lead to serious complications that can result in overwhelming medical bills, lost wages, and reduced quality of life. You shouldn’t have to bear the financial cost when these hardships result from a doctor’s negligence.
When you hire our award-winning cancer misdiagnosis lawyers at Levin & Perconti, we will refuse to settle for anything less than the compensation you deserve.
What Is a Testicular Cancer Misdiagnosis?
A testicular tumor generally presents as a painless lump in the scrotum. When you bring it to a doctor’s attention, and the doctor provides a wrong diagnosis, delayed diagnosis, or lack of any diagnosis, a testicular cancer misdiagnosis has occurred. As a result, you are deprived of the opportunity for early intervention.
What Causes Testicular Cancer Misdiagnosis?
Testicular cancer is relatively rare, and this could cause doctors to mistake it for more common conditions. The American Cancer Society estimates that fewer than 10,000 men across the United States will be diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2023. Just 0.4 percent of men are diagnosed with testicular cancer in their lifetime.
Further complicating the diagnostic process is the fact that numerous benign conditions present with symptoms that mimic testicular cancer, including the following:
- Permatocele – A fluid-filled cyst in the scrotum
- Epididymitis – Inflammation of the structure that stores and transports sperm
- Orchitis – Inflammation of the testicle due to a viral or bacterial infection
- Hydrocele – Swelling of the scrotum as a result of excess fluid
- Hematocele – A build-up of blood in the scrotum, usually from an injury
- Varicocele – Enlargement of the veins in the scrotum
- Inguinal hernia – Intestinal protrusion into the tissue between the abdomen and groin
If you are diagnosed with any of these conditions but feel something isn’t right, you should get a second opinion. A testicular cancer misdiagnosis can have serious consequences.
What Are the Consequences of a Testicular Cancer Misdiagnosis?
Without a prompt diagnosis, testicular cancer can grow and spread, resulting in the need for more aggressive treatment and a higher risk of long-term complications and death.
In virtually all cases of testicular cancer, removal of the affected testicle and spermatic cord is prescribed, even if the cancer has not spread. This procedure is known as a radical inguinal orchiectomy. Removing one testicle generally does not impact sexual function.
While one to two rounds of chemotherapy or low-dose radiation therapy may be prescribed, in many cases, early-stage testicular cancer can be resolved with limited risks and complications.
Chemotherapy After Testicular Cancer Has Spread
If the cancer has progressed, more rounds of chemotherapy at higher dosages will likely be required. Chemotherapy’s side effects can be debilitating. Short-term effects may include hair loss, extreme fatigue, mouth sores, and muscle pain.
Long-term effects of chemotherapy may include the following:
- Organ damage
- Nerve damage
- Cognitive difficulties
- Increased risk of other cancers
Surgical Complications for Advanced Testicular Cancer
If testicular cancer has spread to the retroperitoneal lymph nodes, which are those located in the back of the abdomen, surgery may be required to remove them. This surgery is more invasive, with a higher risk of complications.
One possible complication is nerve damage to the area that controls ejaculation. Such damage can cause retrograde ejaculation, which occurs when semen goes backward into the bladder rather than through the urethra. This can make it difficult to father children.
If testicular cancer is isolated to the testicle at diagnosis, the five-year survival rate is 99 percent. If it has spread to other organs, the survival rate drops to 73 percent.
Is Testicular Cancer Misdiagnosis a Form of Medical Malpractice?
A misdiagnosis of testicular cancer only rises to the level of medical malpractice if you can prove that all four of the following elements of medical negligence are true:
- The doctor owed you a duty of care. This can be established by proving that you had a doctor-patient relationship.
- The doctor breached the duty of care. You must be able to show that the doctor misdiagnosed your testicular cancer because of negligence.
- You suffered harm. You must have injuries verifiable through medical documentation.
- The misdiagnosis must be the proximate cause of your injuries. You must demonstrate a causal link between your injuries and the misdiagnosis.
The duty of care refers to the legal obligation of every doctor to investigate symptoms according to a reasonable standard of care, defined as the actions expected of a prudent doctor with similar qualifications based on the available information at the time of the diagnosis. This duty applies to all health care providers.
Who Can I Sue for a Testicular Cancer Misdiagnosis?
You can sue any health care provider that contributed to your misdiagnosis through negligence. Our experienced medical malpractice attorneys often identify multiple parties to be named as defendants in a misdiagnosis lawsuit.
The following health care providers may have contributed to your misdiagnosis of testicular cancer:
- Family doctors
- Nurse practitioners
- Physician’s assistants
Compensation for Testicular Cancer Misdiagnosis
If you have suffered harm because a doctor misdiagnosed testicular cancer, you may be able to recover substantial compensation for your lost wages, medical bills, pain, suffering, and loss of society. According to a study published in the medical journal Diagnosis, the average cancer misdiagnosis payout in the United States is $725,719.
The value of your claim will vary based on the following:
- Your past and future medical bills stemming from the misdiagnosis
- Your past and future lost wages
- Your past and future pain and suffering
- Humiliation, inconvenience, or loss of function the misdiagnosis has caused
Testicular cancer treatment typically includes the surgical removal of the testicle, whether your cancer is diagnosed during an early or advanced stage. Damages in a misdiagnosis lawsuit are limited to harm you would not have suffered if your doctor had correctly diagnosed your cancer when you first reported your symptoms.
When Should I Contact a Testicular Cancer Misdiagnosis Lawyer?
You should contact an experienced testicular cancer lawyer as soon as possible after discovering the misdiagnosis of testicular cancer or the resulting injuries. Under Illinois’ statute of limitations for medical malpractice, you must file a lawsuit within two years after you discovered or should have discovered the misdiagnosis injuries, but not more than four years from the incident.
Determining the exact date of the doctor’s error or the date you discovered or should have discovered the injuries is complex. You will need the assistance of an experienced Chicago medical malpractice attorney to safely determine the statute of limitations for your case and ensure your lawsuit is filed on time.
Why Hire the Medical Malpractice Attorneys at Levin & Perconti?
Our law firm was founded in 1992 when Steve Levin and John Perconti merged their practices. John Perconti is nationally recognized as one of the nation’s leading medical malpractice lawyers due to his extensive experience in state and federal courts. He also has a medical background that provides valuable insight into complex misdiagnosis cases.
During the 30-plus years since our founding, we have grown to a firm of more than 30 award-winning lawyers and recovered more than a billion dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients.
Large corporations and insurance companies that must go against us know we will not settle for less than our clients deserve and that we have the skills and resources to prevail in court. Our reputation gives us important leverage to maximize compensation during settlement negotiations.
We consistently achieve remarkable results for our clients, such as the following:
- $3.6 million settlement for the family of a 29-year-old man who died after a radiologist failed to diagnose testicular cancer
- $1.8 million verdict for a man whose only remaining testicle was removed during inguinal hernia surgery without his consent and sufficient medical justification
- $1.25 million settlement for a 70-year-old prostate cancer patient who suffered a complete loss of bladder and bowel function due to negligence during radiation therapy.
We treat our clients with compassion and respect, and you can count on us to keep you informed throughout your case. We do not charge upfront fees, and you only pay us if we win. Thus, you risk nothing by hiring our experienced testicular cancer misdiagnosis attorneys. Contact us today to schedule a free case review.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are answers to common questions we receive regarding testicular cancer misdiagnosis.
Does My Case Qualify for a Testicular Cancer Misdiagnosis Lawsuit?
You may be eligible to recover compensation for a testicular cancer misdiagnosis if any of the following apply:
- You experienced harm because testicular cancer progressed.
- You experienced harmful effects from the aggressive treatment you received due to your misdiagnosis.
- Your beloved family member passed away after a testicular cancer misdiagnosis.
The only way to determine whether you have grounds for a lawsuit is to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our compassionate and skilled medical malpractice lawyers.
How Common Is Testicular Cancer Misdiagnosis?
Approximately 25 percent of patients with testicular cancer initially receive an incorrect diagnosis. As a result, treatment is often delayed by three to six months.
What Should I Do If I Suspect a Misdiagnosis?
If you suspect a testicular cancer misdiagnosis, you should seek a second opinion from a qualified urologist or oncologist with experience handling this type of cancer. If you have suffered harm because of a testicular cancer misdiagnosis, contact one of our medical malpractice lawyers as soon as possible by calling (877) 374-1417.
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