$7.5 million verdict plus interest for delay in diagnosing bladder cancer

A Cambridge jury awarded $7.5 million, including interest, to a 48-year-old man who lost his bladder and developed impotence as a result of delay in the diagnosis of his bladder cancer. The man had been seeing a urologist for more than a year for problems with urinary frequency, burning and discharge. Repeated treatment with antibiotics would reduce his symptoms, but not eliminate them. The urologist never performed any diagnostic testing to check for cancer. The man eventually sought a second opinion from another urologist, who immediately diagnosed advanced bladder cancer. Treatment was surgical removal of the bladder, and the man must now catheterize himself several times daily to eliminate urine. He has suffered embarrassing leakage around the catheter site, problems with sexual function, and may require dialysis in the future.