Cervical cancer misdiagnosis

2 Sep 2020 | Jodi Newton
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Cervical Cancer Misdiagnosis Dating Back Four Years

Jodi Newton, clinical negligence solicitor Osbornes Law, recently settled a claim for the family of a lady who died from cervical cancer at 72.

It was our case that there were two missed opportunities to correctly diagnose our client with cervical cancer by the same hospital.

The first missed opportunity was when she presented with abnormal bleeding 4 years before her cervical cancer diagnosis. While carrying out gynaecological investigations, the hospital should have performed a cervical smear test that would have revealed pre-cancerous abnormalities. Our medical experts were confident that our client would have survived and not developed cancer if treated at that point.

The second missed opportunity took place 6 months before her diagnosis. Our client was referred to her local hospital for a pelvic ultrasound, and it is our case that the radiologist should have referred her immediately for an MRI scan, which would have shown the tumour. At that time, the tumour would have been a stage 1 tumour and could have been successfully treated. Sadly, she did not have an MRI scan until 6 months later, when the tumour was advanced and started to spread. By that point, it was terminal and a stage 4 tumour. Our client died 2 and a half years later.

After we served a Letter of Claim, the Trust admitted their error relating to the missed diagnosis 6 months earlier but denied it would have made any difference to our client’s prognosis. An offer for £5000 was made, which was rejected. The Trust denied the earlier error throughout the litigation.

We obtained expert medical evidence from a gynaecologist and a radiologist to support our client’s case of misdiagnosis.

Sadly, before this case concluded, our client died, and the family took over running her litigation, which they knew was very important to her.

Cervical cancer misdiagnosis compensation

We met with the Trust at mediation and ultimately settled the case for £87,500.

After reading this, you may feel you have suffered due to misdiagnosis or other negligent medical treatment. Speak to Jodi Newton or another member of the team. They can advise you of whether or not a successful action for medical negligence may succeed. Please call 0207 485 8811 or complete an online enquiry form.

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