Medical Negligence Solicitors - Prostate : Testicles : Circumcision : Vasectomy
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Men are susceptible to particular health issues, which may have a temporary or irreversible effect on their lives and those of their families. Health issues can be compounded by a health care provider's failure to correctly diagnosis a condition, provide appropriate care or administration of improper medical procedures. Any of these situations can have grave consequences.
The most common reasons for medical negligence compensation claims include:
- Misdiagnosis of a medical condition
- Failure to diagnosis a health issue
- Failure to ensure proper diagnostic tests are performed
- Inaccurate interpretation of test results
- Failure to inform patients about test conclusions
- Absence of follow-up treatment based on test results
- Failure to recognise and provide treatment for complications of medical conditions
- Negligent provision of health care treatment
- Negligent surgical performance
- Failure to refer patients to a specialist
Any of the above situations can occur with medical conditions specific to men. Our medical negligence solicitors are experienced with substantive clinical compensation claims regarding men's health.
There are two major categories of personal injury claims relevant to prostate cancer: Diagnosis and Negligent Treatment.
There are conventional diagnostic tests which can detect prostate cancer in its early stages, when it is most treatable. Prostate cancer diagnosed and treated at onset has the best prognosis. Specific tests to detect prostate cancer are:
- Digital rectal examination
- Prostate Specific Antigen (also known as PSA)
- Biopsy in cases where test results are abnormal or indicative of possible prostate cancer
Negligent diagnostic inaction by a health care professional may include:
- Failure to inform a patient of abnormal test results
- Follow-up with patients who have abnormal test results
- Failure to follow standard procedures for patients with abnormal test results (i.e. biopsy)
- Failure to refer a patient to a oncologist or urologist
Surgical treatment for prostate cancer is standard protocol in most cases. There are three major forms of surgery for prostate cancer: laparoscopic; transurethral prostrate resection; and, radical prostatectomy. Any form of surgery carries inherent risks, but there are complications that are specific to prostate cancer surgery:
- Ureter injury
- Urinary retention
- Urinary sphincter injury
- Rectal injury
- Erectile dysfunction
- Retrograde ejaculation
There are instances, however, when surgery is not the most advantageous course of action. If surgery is carried out in such a situation, a patient may have a claim for negligent treatment. Other examples of negligent treatment include failing to obtain an informed consent from a patient and incompetently performed surgery with the development of the above-noted complications.
Testicular cancer, or testis cancer, is an aggressive form of cancer. Early intervention is essential for the well-being of the patient. Unfortunately, testicular cancer is often undetected or misdiagnosed for the following reasons:
- A physical examination is not carried out by a health care professional
- Diagnostic tests, such as imaging and scans, are not performed
- The patient is not referred to a specialist within an appropriate time
- Incorrect assumption by a health care professional that the patient suffers from swelling of the tube that connects the testes to the vas deferens (medically termed "epididymis")
Testicular torsion occurs when the spermatic cord twists and cuts off the blood supply to a testicle and surrounding tissues. This may occur due to predisposition or from a trauma injury. Testicular torsion must be treated immediately, usually by surgery, or there is a likelihood of loss of testicle function or the testicle itself. Patients suffering from testicular torsion experience acute pain, scrotal swelling and nausea. Testicular torsion must typically be treated within 6 hours to prevent loss of the testicle.
Treatment that should be initiated promptly upon intense testicular pain includes:
- Physical examination
- Ultrasound scans
- Surgery, if indicated
Testicular torsion should not be ruled out without performing applicable tests. The condition can arise in infancy, at puberty onset, after strenuous physical activity or for no apparent reason.
Scrotal masses, both benign and malignant, can have devastating permanent consequences for a patient. A cancerous mass that is misdiagnosed as benign may progress to a more advanced stage and the patient may have a less favourable recovery prognosis. Therefore, a complete and thorough examination of scrotal masses is essential.
Untreated benign scrotal masses may continue to expand and cause pain and infertility. Examples of benign scrotal masses include spermatocele, hydrocele and varicocele.
Surgery for scrotal masses can be either elective or deemed necessary. The health care professional should advise the patient of all scrotal surgery risks and complications. Some complications, which may have major ramifications, are:
- Chronic pain
- Recurrence of the scrotal mass
- Obstruction of the spermatic cord
- Loss of the testicle due to atrophy
While negligence cases resulting from circumcision are rare, it is still imperative the patient (or parent) give informed consent to the procedure and be apprised of all reasonable risks associated with circumcision. The health care professional should inform the patient or parent of potential:
- Chronic pain
- Ejaculatory dysfunction
- Sexual dysfunction
- Uretha injury
- Urinary Meatus injury
- Glan penis injury
Vasectomy negligence is a complex field of law. Not all complications arising from a vasectomy are negligence-related. Possible complications are:
- Chronic inflammation
- Chronic pain
- Failed procedure
- Testis injury
- Testis loss
It is vital patients undergo a semen analysis after the procedure is performed to ensure the vasectomy was successful. The health care professional should arrange for this test at the appropriate time to prevent unwanted pregnancies.
Medical Negligence Solicitors
Health care professionals have a duty of care, in accordance with reasonably expected standards of the professional, to provide patients with proficient medical treatment. Advising patients of risks associated with treatments and obtaining an informed consent forms part of rendering skilled care.
Health care professionals must carry liability insurance and, should a patient make a claim, the insurance company will step in to defend the health care professional. Solicitors with extensive knowledge of the complex medical negligence area of law and experience with insurance company solicitors are essential to realising the full potential of claims. If you believe you are a victim of medical negligence, it is important to meet with a medical negligence solicitor as soon as possible, as there are time limitations which must be complied with in making a claim.
Contact one of our experienced men's health personal injury solicitors for a no-obligation legal consultation regarding your circumstances. If you decide not to retain our solicitors, there is no charge for the initial consultation.
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