A man in another state recently claimed that a doctor failed to diagnose his cancer years ago. He is reportedly now physically suffering as a result of the doctor’s mistake and thus has decided to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the physician. Anyone in Florida who likewise has suffered at the hands of a physician has the right to seek to hold the medical provider accountable through the civil court system.

In the recent out-of-state case, the man asserted that his doctor did not diagnose his cancer of the rectum and send him to a surgeon specializing in the colon and rectum quickly enough. As a result, he allegedly was not diagnosed with the disease until he had already developed Stage 3B cancer. At that time, he required radiation treatments, chemotherapy and surgeries.

Due to the doctor’s alleged carelessness, the plaintiff has experienced pain and suffering and injuries. The man asserted that his life expectancy had also decreased and that he had accrued medical expenses. As part of his lawsuit, he is seeking a jury trial along with over $50,000.

Doctors are expected to exercise a reasonable degree of care when diagnosing and caring for patients. However, not all doctors fulfill this duty. If a patient in Florida is harmed as a result of a doctor’s negligence, he or she has the right to file a medical malpractice suit, seeking monetary damages. An understanding of what facts must be proved will likely be necessary to prevail in this type of case in the Sunshine State.