Billerica, MA asked in Medical Malpractice for Massachusetts

Q: Do I have a case for a malpractice suit?

My dad died in 2021 from prostate cancer. It wasn’t diagnosed til it was stage 4, a month and a half before his death. Doctors didn’t order a CT scan until later in his illness despite ongoing weight loss. Also, he was on dialysis and getting a medication that could’ve caused his cancer to spread and should likely have been contraindicated in someone with a cancer diagnosis.

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Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
  • Medical Malpractice Lawyer
  • Las Vegas, NV

A: Medical malpractice means that a doctor violated the standard of care. A bad outcome is not enough. Another doctor would be needed to evaluate what the doctors did.

First look into the time limitations for medical malpractice lawsuits in your state.

James A.  Swartz
James A. Swartz
  • Medical Malpractice Lawyer
  • Boston, MA
  • Licensed in Massachusetts

A: A med mal attorney will investigate, starting with the medical records. Your dad's presentations at each visit prior to the diagnosis will be important, as questions will arise regarding the what the standard of care required in terms of further examinations, testing or referrals.

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