Cervical cancer mainly affects women between the ages of 30 and 45 but all sexually active women are tested by cervical smear from the age of 25, or under in some cases. The cancer stems from an abnormal growth of cells which is commonly triggered by contraction of the Human Papillomavirus, or HPV. Screening tests for precancerous cells which could become cancerous if undetected. Women are sent for screening, also known as a cervical smear test, every three years to ensure that precancerous cells are detected early and can be treated. It is often undetected without screening as there are very little to no symptoms, but early onset could cause some unusual vaginal bleeding which should be investigated. If cervical cancer goes undetected and reaches late stages, chemotherapy may be required and, in some cases, a hysterectomy may be performed to remove the womb completely. As it is a difficult cancer to diagnose, misdiagnosis is possible, but a failure to diagnose could be down to negligence.
Filing a medical negligence case
Many doctors will claim that the nature of the cancer itself means that diagnosis can prove difficult. However, if at any stage the standard of care you received was not satisfactory or you were not sent to a specialist straight away despite concerns about cervical cancer, you may be able to file a compensation claim. Should there be evidence that your doctor failed to take your symptoms into account or that you were not treated immediately for precancerous cells, you may be able to win a cash payout. This type of cancer can lead to infertility, early onset menopause and even death in rare cases where the cancer was not diagnosed therefore it is your right to compensation if you or a family member suffers due to negligence.
How to file your claim
Give Accident Advice Helpline a call to discuss your case or a case involving cervical cancer in a family member. We will offer you no-obligation advice and our ‘no win, no fee’* policy means that you will not be out of pocket. If you have suffered complications due to a misdiagnosis or you have reached a late stage of cancer due to a failure to diagnose within reasonable time, then we could win you a cash sum to help you cope with your suffering. This can help you to pay for any medical costs or any loss of wages sustained due to time off work. Call Accident Advice Helpline free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: August 9, 2014
Author: David Brown