Cervical Cancer Negligence
January 22, 2021
This week is cervical cancer awareness week. Cervical cancer mainly affects women aged between 30 and 45. The cancer is detected using smear tests. The cancer shows no symptoms in it’s early stages, so it is hard to diagnose. However there are still reasons cervical cancer negligence may happen. These reasons include delays in diagnosis, misdiagnosis and delays in treatment.
Cervical Cancer Negligence
One of the main areas of negligence that happens with cervical cancer is delays in diagnosis. This can happen due to the cancer showing no symptoms, but if it is due to human error, then you may be able to make a claim.
One of the main symptoms that the cancer does show is abnormal vaginal bleeding. This can happen after sex, in between periods, or post-menopausal bleeding. If you have this symptom and a Doctor does not refer you for further tests, then you may be able to make a claim. if you have symptoms, you should be referred to a specialist within 2 weeks.
Delays in Diagnosis and Misdiagnosis
The main way to look for cervical cancer is through a smear test. If smear tests come back with abnormal cells, then the next step is a colposcopy, then further testing. This is where delays in diagnosis could happen. It could be that a doctor reads the results incorrectly, or the results coming back are delayed. If there is a delay in diagnosis due to human error, such as a Doctor not seeing the red flags, then you may be able to make a claim.
You may also be able to make a claim if you were misdiagnosed. This is especially true if the misdiagnosis caused the cancer to spread or get worse. It is also true if the misdiagnosis has affected your prognosis.
Delays in Treatment
Another delay that may happen that you may be able to claim for is a delay in treatment. This could happen due to appointments being cancelled, being referred for the wrong treatment, or not being referred at all. These things can have devastating effects; it may affect your prognosis or it may cause the cancer to spread or develop. If this happens due to human error, then you may be able to make a claim.
Claiming for Cervical Cancer Negligence on Behalf of Someone Else
Unfortunately, it may be the case that you have to make a claim on behalf of someone else, for example a loved one who has passed away. If this happens, then the next of kin would be the one who must make the claim. we understand that, if something unfortunate has happened, then making a claim may be the last thing on your mind. However the solicitors we work with can help ease your mind over the financial aspects that cervical cancer negligence can produce. For example, modifications to your home or funeral expenses. Ultimately, we are here to help in any way we can.
How We Can Help with Cervical Cancer Negligence
Here at The Medical Negligence Experts, we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with all manner of medical negligence claims. This includes cervical cancer negligence claims. contact us today by filling in our contact form, or by calling us on 01614138761 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.