Cervical Cancer Misdiagnosis
Regular screening tests are an important part of preventing cervical cancer. However, inaccurate smear tests or misread results could mean you have suffered misdiagnosis.
Cervical cancer is mainly caused by the HPV Virus, this is also known as the Human Papilloma Virus. HPV is a common virus which is passed during sexual contact though it can also pass from skin to skin contact of the wider genital area. There are over 100 types of HPV but not all cause cancer, HPV 16 and HPV 18 are causes of around 70% of all cervical cancer cases. The HPV virus causes abnormal changes to the cervical cells but don’t have symptoms so many women will not know they have the infection.
Cervical cancer symptoms are often mistaken as heavy periods or the menopause. Some of the symptoms that you should look out for include:
- Pain and bleeding after sex
- Unusual vaginal discharge
- Bleeding between periods
- Changes in your regular menstrual cycle
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms make sure you speak to your doctor.
You may have suffered from misdiagnosis if:
- Your cervical cancer went undiagnosed for a long period of time
- You had to have invasive and radical treatment that could have been avoided with timely diagnosis
- You had an unnecessary hysterectomy
- The results of your smear test were read incorrectly
How do we help?
Here at Negligence Claimline our friendly team are here to help you get the support you need. Working with a panel of specialist medical negligence solicitors, we can assist you with your potential claim.
Sometimes an apology is enough, but in other cases compensation will be the only solution to help you get your life back on track.
Our service, putting you in contact with one of our expert panel members, is free and you are not obliged to take the advice the solicitor gives you, or to progress your claim any further if you do not wish.
Can I sue the NHS?
The NHS was created so that good healthcare should be available to all, and it is one of the country’s proudest achievements. However, if something goes wrong during your treatment you deserve answers and, where necessary, financial compensation.
We do not treat your claim lightly. However, the treatment you consider negligent must be considered unreasonable, irresponsible, and harmful.
When someone suffers an injury that impacts their live, or that of a loved one, then it is vital that the NHS has the procedures in place to both compensate the patient and learn from their mistakes.
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If you believe that you, or a loved one, have suffered an injury as a result of medical or clinical negligence then call our friendly team on 0330 355 9210* where they will take some details and pass them to a team of specialist solicitors.