Thanks to routine Pap smears at gynecological check-ups, it is possible to detect the early stages of cervical cancer, even before patients begin to experience symptoms. However, if your doctor misdiagnosed your cervical cancer and you suffered additional injuries, you could have a valid medical malpractice claim.
A cervical cancer misdiagnosis lawyer from Medical Malpractice Help can help you understand if your doctor’s misdiagnosis rises to the level of medical negligence. If so, we will build a convincing case and help you pursue fair compensation for the cancer misdiagnosis . Call us at 800-916-7333 for a free attorney consultation.
When a Misdiagnosis Could Constitute Malpractice
It might be medical malpractice if there was an unreasonable delay in your diagnosis of cervical cancer, which allowed the disease to spread to a later stage. This could have occurred if your doctor:
- Failed to offer you a Pap test;
- Failed to take appropriate action in response to an abnormal Pap test result; or
- Did not perform recommended testing or send you to a specialist when you reported symptoms that were consistent with a diagnosis of cervical cancer.
Symptoms of Cervical Cancer
Early-stage cervical cancer often does not cause any symptoms. However, after the disease has progressed to the point of invading nearby tissue, many women start to notice symptoms like:
- Pain during sexual intercourse;
- Unusual vaginal discharge; and
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding.
If you told your doctor about your symptoms and they did not run any tests or send you to a specialist, they might have been negligent.
How Doctors Usually Diagnose This Form of Cancer
If you informed your doctor of any of these symptoms, their next step should be to perform a physical and pelvic examination to check for cervical cancer. Depending on the results of that exam, most doctors would then forward their patient to a specialist for additional testing. These tests could include:
- A Pap test;
- A colposcopy;
- A biopsy;
- A cystoscopy, proctoscopy, or another examination; or
- Imaging tests, such as x-rays, CT scans, MRI scans, intravenous urography, and PET scans.
Consequences of a Cervical Cancer Misdiagnosis
The delay a cervical cancer misdiagnosis causes might not harm you significantly if another doctor notices the cancer before it has spread to other areas of your body and you start treatment right away. However, if your cancer is allowed to spread to a later stage, your prognosis becomes more pessimistic. A few months or even weeks in delay of diagnosis can make a difference in your outcome.
A Delayed Diagnosis Impacts Your Treatments
There are four main stages of cervical cancer. The lower the stage, the better your chances of surviving the cancer, and the more treatment options you have available.
If a misdiagnosis delays the beginning of your treatment, however, your doctor might not be able to perform some procedures. Early detection offers the best chances for successful treatment and survival. Also, later-stage treatments tend to be more invasive and painful and have more side effects than earlier-stage treatment options.
When Misdiagnosis of Cervical Cancer Is Medical Malpractice
If your doctor failed to act after you reported symptoms that should have raised a concern about cervical cancer, you might have a malpractice case. To win your case, we must prove the following crucial details.
You Had a Doctor-Patient Relationship With Your Healthcare Provider.
All doctors have a duty of care to uphold high medical standards when they treat their patients. If we can document that your doctor had a professional doctor-patient relationship with you at the time of the misdiagnosis, we can move forward with your case.
Your Doctor Breached Their Duty of Care by Misdiagnosing Your Cervical Cancer.
If a reasonable doctor with the same education and training would have correctly diagnosed your cervical cancer, your physician violated the standard of care and committed negligence. We can use medical expert testimony to prove what another healthcare provider would have done in your situation.
Your Condition Worsened Because of Your Doctor’s Negligence.
If your doctor negligently failed to diagnose your cervical cancer and the delayed diagnosis reduced your chance of survival, their negligence caused you harm. We can obtain your medical records and collect information from other doctors to confirm that your cervical cancer worsened because of the delay in treatment.
You Suffered Financial and Emotional Damages.
Before we can approach the at-fault doctor’s insurer for compensation, we must prove the value of your damages. We will collect bills, receipts, documentation, and testimony to show how much you lost because of the misdiagnosis.
In this type of case, you might recover money for:
- Additional cancer treatments and procedures;
- Future medical care costs;
- Missed wages from work;
- Diminished earning capacity;
- Pain and suffering;
- Wrongful death, if your family member died from the malpractice; and
- Any other related expenses you paid for out of pocket.
Get Help With Your Cervical Cancer Misdiagnosis Case Today.
At Medical Malpractice Help, we understand how difficult it is to know what to do when a doctor misdiagnoses a medical condition. We will fight for your rights after a cervical cancer misdiagnosis. After you seek the treatment you need, we can help you pursue the compensation you deserve.
We will talk with you at no charge and evaluate whether you might have a valid claim. If so, we will help you fight for compensation.