Cervical Cancer Misdiagnosis Compensation Claims

Cervical cancer misdiagnosis can cause delayed and failed treatments, worsening symptoms, and could even allow the cancer to spread. It can have a negative impact on your quality of life and may even be fatal. 

Cervical cancer misdiagnosis claims guide

Cervical cancer misdiagnosis claims guide

Many common symptoms of cervical cancer are shared by conditions such as endometriosis and fibroids, which can make it difficult to identify even when the correct level of care is given. However, if you were misdiagnosed as a result of medical negligence, you may be eligible to make a claim.

In this article, we will discuss when you may be eligible to claim, what medical negligence is, and how a No Win No Fee solicitor could help you secure compensation. We’ll also provide a compensation table to help you further understand how much compensation you could receive if your claim succeeds.

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  1. What Is Cervical Cancer Misdiagnosis?
  2. The Symptoms And Stages Of Cervical Cancer
  3. Treatment And Diagnosis
  4. How Cervical Cancer Misdiagnosis Could Happen
  5. Cervical Cancer Misdiagnosis Compensation Amounts
  6. Discuss Your No Win No Fee Cervical Cancer Misdiagnosis Claim

What Is Cervical Cancer Misdiagnosis?

Cervical cancer misdiagnosis can happen for a number of reasons, but not all instances of misdiagnosis can form the basis of a successful claim. When making a medical negligence claim, you must be able to provide evidence that a medical professional was in breach of their duty of care, causing you harm as a result. 

All medical professionals owe a duty of care to their patients. This means that the treatment they provide must meet a minimum standard, and if it doesn’t, they may be found negligent. For example, the General Medical Council’s duties of a doctor outline the things that doctors are expected to do to adhere to the duty of care they owe.

If you can prove that a medical professional breached their duty of care, and you suffered harm as result, you may be able to make a clinical negligence claim. Contact our advisors today to learn more. 

Cervical Cancer Statistics

Cancer Research UK publishes statistics regarding certain types of cancers. According to their data, around 3,197 new cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed every year in the UK. This amounts to 2% of all new cancer cases in females and makes it the 14th most common among this group. 

The Symptoms And Stages Of Cervical Cancer

According to the NHS, the main symptoms of cervical cancer include:

  • Unusual vaginal bleeding
  • Changes in your vaginal discharge
  • Pain during sex
  • Pain in your stomach, lower back, or between your hips

These symptoms are also common in conditions such as endometriosis and fibroids, as well as in endometrial or womb cancer. As such, it’s important to get these symptoms checked by a doctor or GP if you begin to experience them– Cancer Research UK reports that 99.8% of all cervical cancer cases are preventable.

Cervical cancer exists on a grading scale from stage 1 to stage 4. These stages determine how much the cancer has spread, and what kind of treatments you may need to treat it. For example, stage 1 means that your cancer has not spread past the cervix (the neck of the womb).

Not all instances of misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of cervical cancer will form the basis of a successful claim. This is because your doctor could misdiagnose you even if they deliver the right level of care. For instance, you might have symptoms that are usually not found in someone with cervical cancer, meaning that your doctor cannot be expected to make the diagnosis based on the information they have.

To find out if you have a valid cervical cancer misdiagnosis claim, contact our team of advisors. They can offer free legal advice and more help surrounding your claim. 

Treatment And Diagnosis

According to the NHS, the main method of diagnosing cervical cancer is called colposcopy. During a colposcopy, a doctor or nurse will examine your cervix and may take a small sample of cells to test. This is called a biopsy. 

You may also be referred for:

  • Blood testing
  • X-Rays
  • MRI scans
  • PET scans
  • An internal examination of your cervix

Treatment for cervical cancer can depend on how big it is and how far it has spread. Oftentimes, treatments can include:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiotherapy
  • Surgery
  • Targeted medications

If you show clear and obvious symptoms of cervical cancer, but your doctor does not refer you for further testing, this could be considered negligence. It may result in misdiagnosis and, if this causes your condition to worsen, you may be able to make a claim. Contact our advisors to find out more about medical negligence and hospital negligence claims.

How Cervical Cancer Misdiagnosis Could Happen

As we mentioned above, not all cases of cancer misdiagnosis can form a successful claim. To make a claim, you must be able to prove that your misdiagnosis caused you harm and that it came about as a result of medical negligence. 

Some examples of how medical negligence could contribute to cervical cancer misdiagnosis include:

  • Failure to test: If you show obvious symptoms of cervical cancer, your doctor should refer you for further testing. If they fail to do so, you may suffer a misdiagnosis as a result of negligence.
  • Misreading test results: Your test results may show the presence of cancerous cells or tumours. If your doctor fails to identify this, and you suffer a delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis as a result, this could form the basis of a claim.
  • Ignoring patient concerns: Your doctor should listen to your concerns and symptoms carefully, as many symptoms of cervical cancer are shared with other conditions. If they don’t, and they disregard changing symptoms as a result, this could result in a negligent misdiagnosis. 

For more information on how negligence could cause a cervical cancer misdiagnosis, contact our advisors.

Cervical Cancer Misdiagnosis Compensation Amounts

If your claim succeeds, you will receive general damages. This covers the harm done to you as a result of your negligent misdiagnosis. Compensation is worked out based on the individual circumstances of each case, which makes it difficult to give an average settlement without more information. 

However, the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) provide legal professionals with a set of guideline compensation brackets for a range of injuries and illnesses. You can find some examples of these in the table below to get an estimate of what you could potentially receive:

Injury TypeCompensation BracketNotes
Female Infertility (a)£114,900 to
£170,280
Infertility by cause of disease, with scarring, depression, anxiety and pain.
Female Infertility (d)£6,610 to
£18,680
Infertility in the case where the injured person would not otherwise have had children.
Bladder Injuries (b)Up to
£140,660
Complete loss of function and control.
Bladder Injuries (c)£63,980 to
£79,930
Serious control impairment, with pain and incontinence.
Kidney Injuries (b)Up to £63,980Significant risk of UTI or other loss of kidney function.
Kidney Injuries (c)£30,770 to
£44,880
Loss of one kidney, with no damage to the remaining.
Moderate Psychiatric Damage (c)£5,860 to £19,070Some problems coping with work, life and education, but with some improvement and a good prognosis.
Less Severe Psychiatric Damage (d)£1,540 to £5,860Consideration given to length of disability and continuing symptoms.
Less Severe PTSD (d)£3,950 to £8,180A full recovery within two years and only minor symptoms persisting.

You might also be eligible for special damages. These cover the financial impacts of your misdiagnosis– for example, if you need to travel to and from appointments, or if your cancer spreads to the point that you can no longer work, then you could claim back travel costs or loss of earnings.

However, you must be able to provide proof of these losses to claim back any expenses. As such, it can be helpful to retain any relevant bills, receipts, or invoices.

Our advisors can provide you with a free estimation of what your misdiagnosis of cancer claim could be worth when you contact us today. Follow the information below to learn more.

Discuss Your No Win No Fee Cervical Cancer Misdiagnosis Claim

Hiring a solicitor can be beneficial when you start your cervical cancer misdiagnosis claim, as they can use their years of experience to help guide you through the legal process. Our panel of solicitors offer their services on a No Win No Fee basis– this means that if your claim is valid, they may offer you a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). Under a CFA, you don’t pay any upfront or ongoing fees to your solicitor. If your case succeeds, they will take a percentage from your award as their success fee. If your case is unsuccessful, you will pay nothing to your solicitor.

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