Cervical Cancer Claims

When you or a loved one is diagnosed with cervical cancer it is an incredibly emotional and traumatic time. Receiving a diagnosis at any time can be devastating but if it has been delayed or previously misdiagnosed due to negligence the impact can be life changing. When this occurs, you may be able to seek answers, an apology, and compensation for you and your family.

What mistakes lead to cancer negligence claims?

A medical professional treating you owes you a duty of care to prevent harm being suffered by you.

There are many different mistakes that may be made, which could lead to a “breach of duty of care” by a medical professional. To prove that negligence has occurred, it would need to be shown that the breach of duty of care caused you harm, that was otherwise avoidable.

Cases often involve a patient seeing their GP because they are worried about their symptoms, but the GP then fails to recognise that their symptom or collective symptoms are indicative of cancer, and an onward referral to an appropriate specialist is not made. This can lead to delays in diagnosis and treatment.

Early diagnosis can prevent the cancer spreading and causing these devastating outcomes. Symptoms of cervical cancer that all doctors should be aware of are vaginal bleeding that’s unusual for you – including bleeding during or after sex, between your periods or after the menopause, or having heavier periods than usual, changes to your vaginal discharge, pain during sex, pain in your lower back, between your hip bones (pelvis), or in your lower tummy.

The types of claims that we often help with are:

  • Failures by GPs to refer to a specialist despite cancer signs and symptoms;
  • Failure by hospitals to perform the correct tests;
  • Failures by hospitals to diagnose and treat despite sign, symptoms and test results;
  • Failures by hospitals to properly report scans or test results;
  • Failure by hospital to provide correct treatment or perform surgery appropriately.

If you suspect that you have symptoms of cervical cancer, you should see you GP. If the GP is concerned, you should be referred to the appropriate specialist, and seen within two weeks.

Other examples of cancer related negligence include:

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Why bring a claim?

The impact that the delayed or missed diagnosis of cervical cancer has had on you and your family is at the heart of everything that we do.

We are here to listen to your concerns so we can fight your corner and get the answers that you need to understand what went wrong with your medical treatment. We can also help you to obtain compensation for treatment, care and loss of earnings, as well as any other losses caused as a result of your injuries.

How we can help?

Your claim is about you and the impact that the missed or delayed diagnosis has made to your life and your family, we are here to listen to your concerns so we can fight your corner and use our expert knowledge to help you to bring your claim for compensation.

If you have lost someone as a result of cancer, and you believe there may have been some negligence on behalf of their treating doctors, you may still be entitled to compensation. Our lawyers understand the trauma to a family when a loved one is lost and we will do everything we can to help you, with care and sensitivity.

Why choose us?

We are specialist lawyers who successfully bring cases for clients when they have suffered a delay or misdiagnosis of cancer. We understand the complexities of cancer cases and how important it is to have a team that understand your concerns and case, and can get the best outcome for you following the traumatic events you have been through.

We are happy to act on a no win no fee basis so contact our expert team to discuss your cervical cancer negligence claim.

Frequently Asked Questions

We will discuss your circumstances at a time and place to suit you – in person, at your home or on the telephone. We can request your medical records at the outset free of charge. Once we have reviewed your records we can advise you further and appoint suitable experts to provide their opinion on your potential claim.

Medical negligence claims rarely go to court, with only a small percentage of the more complex cases ending up there. However, in the unlikely event that your case reaches court, we will be by your side throughout the process.

It is important to pursue your claim as quickly as possible due to time limits and to also enable us to help you obtain compensation as soon as possible. This is especially the case in complex cases as the process can be lengthy.

You have to start your claim within 3-years (limitation period) from when the injury occurred or when you first became aware of any potential negligence or injury as a result. However, the time limit only begins when a child reaches 18 years of age.

For someone who lacks capacity to pursue any litigation, the 3-year time period may never start to run although capacity can return or be intermittent.

You should always seek legal advice upon the relevant limitation period in your circumstances.

The aim of compensation is to put you in the financial position you would have been in had it not been for the injury/negligence in question. We recognise that this is sometimes impossible, but we can work with you and the best experts to ensure all your needs are assessed and costed to help you transform your life for the better, and to give you financial security for the future.

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