The case takes place in Minnesota and involves a male patient who presented to the ER with abdominal pain. He underwent a CT scan and was diagnosed with an enlarged prostate. The treating physician allegedly did not mention the possibility of cancer during his interactions with the patient, and did not recommend any mitigating procedures such as prostate laser surgery or laser photoselective vaporization (PVP) therapy. The patient was referred to a urologist for follow up, but was allegedly told by the emergency room physician that his condition was not serious. On this information, the patient declined a follow-up appointment with the urologist, believing that he was not in any danger. Some time later the patient presented to another hospital complaining of the same abdominal pains, which had grown more severe since his original hospital visit. The patient underwent another CT scan at the hospital, when it was discovered that he had advanced-stage prostate cancer. The patient died shortly thereafter.