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Misdiagnosis of cervical cancer can have a dramatic effect on your health, wellbeing and the effectiveness of your cancer treatment. Where this is the case, you may be entitled to claim compensation with assistance from a medical negligence solicitor.
Any instance where a medical professional responsible for your care has failed to diagnose or provide suitable treatment for cervical cancer could qualify as medical negligence and mean you are able to make a compensation claim. However, for your claim to be successful, you will need advice and guidance from a specialist medical negligence solicitor.
Where this misdiagnosis can be shown to have worsened your condition or lessened your prospects for a successful recovery, this will be taken into account and will likely affect how much compensation you can claim for. Likewise, where improper treatment produces adverse effects on your health, this will influence if and how much you are able to claim.
Some of the more common instances where negligence on the part of medical professionals can entitle you to cervical cancer compensation include the following:
This is not an exhaustive list, and there may be more situations where poor care on the part of medical professionals could entitle you to make a cancer misdiagnosis claim. If you feel that the care you received fell below an acceptable standard, it is important that you speak to a qualified legal expert as soon as possible to discuss the options available to you.
Blackwater Law can offer some of the very best advice and support available in the South East, and are independently recognised for doing so by the Legal 500. Our team of expert medical negligence solicitors have a wealth of knowledge and experience in dealing with cervical cancer compensation claims, and when you claim with us you can be assured that we will fight to secure you the maximum compensation amount possible, given the circumstances of your misdiagnosis claim.
Holmes & Hills have dealt with my claim really well. I have a lot to thank them for and would most certainly recommend them to anyone.
The devastating implications of a cervical cancer misdiagnosis or of subsequently poor treatment can have a devastating impact on your home life and your financial situation. In such a situation it can be difficult to raise the funds needed to launch a compensation claim, which is why we offer our clients the chance to do it on a no win, no fee basis.
We undertake all our medical negligence claims – including those for cervical cancer compensation – in this way, and it means that unless we win your case you’ll never have to pay us a penny. If you case is successful, our fees will be a percentage of your compensation, but this percentage is capped by government legislation and the exact percentage will be agreed with you at the point of starting your claim for compensation.
When you claim compensation with our help, you will be advised by a specialist lawyer on a no win, no fee basis.
The diagnostic process for cervical cancer is something all GPs and relevant specialists should be well versed in. A number of steps should be followed so as to reduce the potential for misdiagnosis or for substandard care.
If you suspect you are suffering from cervical cancer you should contact your GP immediately and explain your symptoms. If he or she is concerned that you may indeed be showing signs of the condition you will be sent for a smear test. The findings of this test will determine whether or not your symptoms warrant further investigation by a hospital-based specialist.
Should this be the case, you will be sent to a specialist gynaecologist who will examine the cells of your cervix in fine detail to determine if you have cervical cancer. They may use any number of tests known to include the following:
At each and every stage of the process doctors should take great care and attention to detail, as missing even the smallest sign, or the slightest misinterpretation of a test result could contribute to a cervical cancer misdiagnosis.
When diagnosis of cervical cancer diagnosis takes place it will record which stage you are said to be experiencing. The staging, recorded as a number from 1 to 4, denotes how advanced the cancer is and has important implications for your prognosis.
Medical guidelines indicate your chances of surviving an additional 5 years after diagnosis vary as follows:
These figures illustrate the importance of a prompt diagnosis and subsequent treatment, and conversely how critical misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis of cervical cancer can be.
The vast majority of all cervical cancer cases are thought to be caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV); a highly common infection which is transmitted through sexual contact. Whilst there are more than 100 different strains of the virus only HPV 16 and HPV 18 are known to cause cervical cancer, but together they are responsible for an estimated 70% of the total number. To make matters worse, they produce no symptoms, which can make it hard for the patient to detect.
Not all women who contract these strains of HPV will contract cervical cancer, and transmission can be inhibited through the use of a condom, although sexual contact between the sexually operative regions as a whole can still spread the disease.
Other potential causes for cervical cancer include the following:
Whether you know you want to claim, or you would just like more information about whether or not our can, speak to one of our specialists lawyers.
When the disease is diagnosed early, successful treatment is highly probable.
A cervical cancer misdiagnosis can increase the likelihood of you needing more treatment, potentially via more aggressive methods, that carry a greater risk of side effects. This is another factor that will be taken into consideration during the course of any prospective cervical cancer compensation claim.
Blackwater Law medical negligence solicitors acted for Mr L in a medical negligence claim in the High Court after he was misdiagnosed. The misdiagnosis meant he went on to suffer a serious stroke causing life-limiting disability.