Cervical Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims

Living with a diagnosis of cervical cancer is difficult enough without the knowledge you may have suffered a misdiagnosis of the disease – particularly if this has significantly affected your outcome.

Here at Bolt Burdon Kemp we understand the challenges you are facing, as we have supported many women and their families through this difficult time.

Our caring and supportive team have won compensation for many women in the same situation, so please contact us now for more information – most cases do not even reach court, and your claim will usually be handled on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis.

What is cervical cancer?

image of female reproductive systemThe cervix is another name for the neck of the womb. Cervical cancer can affect women of any age, but it is most common in women who are 30-45 years of age. It is rare in women aged under 25 – women in the UK are screened for early signs of the disease with a smear test.

In the future, many cervical cancers will be prevented by HPV vaccinations, but cervical smears remain a vital way to detect early signs. The reason for this is that pre-cancerous cell changes don’t have any symptoms.

Symptoms of cervical cancer

The most common early sign is unusual vaginal bleeding, particularly after/during sex, or after the menopause. Some women also have persistent vaginal discharge that is blood stained, has an unpleasant odour, or they suffer pain during sex.

If you’ve had an abnormal smear test, or have symptoms that indicate cervical cancer, your doctor will refer you for tests.

The most common is a colposcopy, which is a close examination of the cervix and may include a biopsy. Alternatively, you may have a cone biopsy, usually carried out under a general anaesthetic.

Should these tests detect the signs of cancer, they will suggest that you have more tests. You may need to have a pelvic examination under anaesthetic, an MRI or CT (or sometimes PET-CT) scan, blood tests and a chest x-ray.

This will, of course, be a worrying time for you and your loved ones, and it may help to speak to a specialist nurse or counsellor about how you are feeling.

Woman receiving a MRI Scan.

Cervical cancer misdiagnosis

Given that the earlier that cervical cancer is diagnosed, the better the outcome, it is vital that women are diagnosed and treated at the earliest possible point.

There may, unfortunately, be a delay in finding that you have cervical cancer, for example:-

  • Your GP doesn’t examine you or refer you to a specialist for a test after you’ve told them of your symptoms
  • A test result showed a possible problem and isn’t followed up
  • A test result is incorrectly reported
  • Your symptoms are misdiagnosed as another illness

If this is the case, then we can provide specialist advice on making a claim for compensation for medical negligence, making sure you can get the best possible outcome.

At Bolt Burdon Kemp we understand that money can never truly compensate in these circumstances – the knowledge of a failure in treatment can be devastating. But compensation can help to secure you and your family’s future.

As well as compensation for the effect of the more advanced cancer caused by the misdiagnosis, you can recover the cost of other losses, such as the cost of private medical treatment which otherwise wouldn’t have been necessary, and for the cost of extra care on a private basis.

BBK Successful Claims

A medical professional with a patient

£250,000 for delayed diagnosis of cervical cancer

A gynaecologist missed the signs of cervical cancer in our young female client. A year later, she was diagnosed correctly and had to go through aggressive treatment including chemotherapy and radiotherapy, which caused damage to her womb lead to her becoming infertile and suffering depression. All of this could have been avoided if she had been diagnosed a year earlier. Our medical negligence solicitors secured compensation of £250,000 to include financial support for surrogacy costs and psychiatric treatment to help her come to terms with her injury.

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