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Cervical cancer compensation claims

Errors when treating or diagnosing cervical cancer do unfortunately happen. When this impacts you, we appreciate that the results can be devastating and facing the world as you knew it can become much more difficult.

At Fletchers, our legal experts will work tirelessly on your behalf, and will help to answer any questions you might have about where your diagnosis or medical treatment went wrong. In all cases, our objective is to secure cervical cancer compensation that can make a real difference to you and your family during your recovery and beyond.

 

GPs and health professionals can miss the warning signs of cervical cancer

Overall, our NHS cervical cancer and private clinicians do incredible jobs in difficult circumstances.

According to the World Health Organisation, ‘Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women’. In 2018, their research estimated that 570, 000 women had a cervical cancer diagnosis worldwide.

Cancer Research UK’s cervical cancer statistics show:

  • 3,917 new cases of cervical cancer each year, 2016-2018 average, UK
  • 854 deaths between 2016-18
  • 51% survive the cancer for 10 years or more

According to Macmillan.org any symptoms of cervical cancer:

  • Pain or bleeding during sex
  • Unusual vaginal discharge or
  • Changes in the menstrual cycle

When experiencing any of the above symptoms, it is important that you visit your doctor. Your GP should always listen to your concerns and closely examine you, which falls into their obligation to all patients as a duty of care. They should also, depending on their findings, refer you on to the appropriate hospitals for further investigations.

If your doctor fails to adequately recognise the early or already developing stages of cervical cancer, this can result in negligence.

Staggeringly, Cancer Research also state that 99.8% of all UK cervical cancer cases are believed to be preventable.

With cervical cancer diagnosis number close to 4,000 each year here in the UK, the warning signs of cervical cancer being missed may be because not everyone diagnosed with cervical cancer will have symptoms.

 

Cervical cancer screening negligence

Cervical cancer screenings are a way for health professionals to prevent the development of cancer.

Also known as a smear test, the screening checks the overall health of the cervix. Contrary to what you might understand, the smear test is not a test for cancer. It is actually a means to preventing cancer.

Anyone with a cervix, aged 25 to 64, must receive an invite by letter.

Whether cervical cancer screening negligence happens in relation to a smear test, or the negligence is a result of GP failures, we know negligence to be:

  • GPs or experts not recognising the symptoms of cervical cancer
  • The failure to carry out the correct examinations or tests
  • Neglect in advising patients on their symptoms
  • The incorrect interpretation of smear tests
  • The recording of smear test results

 

Receiving the wrong treatment for cervical cancer

When it comes to cervical cancer treatment, this depends on:

  • Where in the cervix the cancer is (at that moment)
  • The size of the cervix
  • If the cervical cancer has spread anywhere else in the body
  • Your general health

For most individuals, treatment is a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy (chemoradiotherapy).

However, due to our experience successfully representing cervical cancer compensation claims, we know that for the treatment to be sufficient, individuals must:

  • Be aware of all their options before any treatment or surgery is started
  • Know all the possible outcomes, including side effects
  • Receive assurances that their wellbeing and health is the upmost priority of the treating clinician and team
  • Receive the correct follow-up procedures following any decision made

Treatment can impact individuals differently, also. Due to the sensitive nature of the cancer’s location in the body, questions around fertility following any treatment, particularly for women under 45, will also need to be answered with care.

Unfortunately, when it comes to fertility and cervical cancer, most treatment will result in the individual developing fertility problems.

Again, if this is something you feel you were not made to be aware of, we’re here to listen to your experience with empathy and care.

 

Fletchers Solicitors are here for your cervical cancer claim

Firstly, our specialist team of cervical cancer claim solicitors are truly one of the best operating in the UK right now.

Not only are we a band 1 ranking in Chambers and Partners’ for our North West Clinical Negligence expertise, our presence in medical negligence is also ranked with The Legal 500.

Secondly, and arguably more importantly, we are people just like you. We know how devastating a diagnosis of cervical cancer can be. We also know how much a claim for cervical cancer negligence can impact you, from facing the day ahead to knowing who to trust and where you can turn.

For additional resources and advice, you’re welcome to visit our claim relating FAQs for further information and support.

 

Fletchers’ cervical cancer compensation claims and expert advice:

Alternative cervical cancer tests can result in more smears

Smear Tests: the awkward 5 minutes than can save your life

Capita fail to deliver more than 40,000 screening letters

New NHS cancer diagnosis strategy

When will we get Cervical Screening right?

Case study: £60,000 pay out following smear test failure

 

Helpful resources for cervical cancer patients:

Links to cervical cancer care and support networks and charities:

nhs.uk/conditions/cervical-cancer/

cdc.gov/cancer/cervical/basic_info/index.htm

cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/cervical-cancer

who.int/health-topics/cervical-cancer

medicalnewstoday.com/articles/159821

webmd.com/cancer/cervical-cancer/cervical-cancer

macmillan.org.uk/cancer-information-and-support/cervical-cancer

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust 

cancer.gov/types/cervical

cancer.org/cancer/cervical-cancer/about/what-is-cervical-cancer.html

 

FAQS

What do the symptoms of cervical cancer look like?

It’s important to know that early-stage cervical cancer may not result in any symptoms.

However, common symptoms of cervical cancer include:

  • Heavier periods than normal
  • Vaginal bleeding between periods, after sex, or after the menopause

In addition, the symptoms of cervical cancer may develop between a smear test (cervical screening). Even when this happens, do not wait. Talk to your GP or a practice nurse straight away.

How do I find out if I have a cervical cancer misdiagnosis?

Due to the fact physical symptoms can sometimes be hard to trace, a cervical cancer misdiagnosis may be related to:

  • A lack of acknowledgement from your GP
  • Failure to examine and refer to hospital
  • The failure to carry out the correct examinations or tests
  • The incorrect interpretation of smear tests
  • The recording of smear test results

What difference can cervical cancer compensation make?

The final award for cervical cancer compensation will be based on numerous mitigating factors.

Medical evidence, the severity of injury and just how negatively impacted your life, both in the immediate and in the long-term, all come into play.

Ultimately, the more severe the injury or negligence is, the higher the compensation be.

Our medical negligence claim factors often include:

  • Loss of earning potential from work
  • Adaptations to your home
  • Rehabilitation services to regain a quality of life
  • General damages (pain and suffering compensation)

Compensation for such experiences requires a close review of what happened. However, with one of our specialist legal experts onside, the money received could make all the difference to you and those dependant on you.

What are the time limits for making a cervical cancer compensation claim?

Any claim for compensation must be made within three years from when you knew or ought to have known that there had been a diagnosis/mis-diagnosis of cervical cancer.

How long will my claim take to complete?

It may be frustrating to hear, but there isn’t a black and white answer to knowing cervical cancer compensation time limits.

Usually, the length of a claim will be because of several factors, such as:

  • The complexity of the claim
  • Any unforeseen complications
  • The severity of your injuries and length of recovery
  • The medical evidence involved

Unfortunately, it can take time to build a strong case, especially when your life, or the life of a loved one, may be on the line.

What we can assure you on, however, is that whilst the case is ongoing, we will try, as far as possible, for it to have minimal impact on you day-to-day, giving you the space and time to re-build your life.