Cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers in women around the world. Cervical cancer occurs when abnormal cells develop in the cervix, the lower part of the uterus that opens into the vagina. Most cervical cancer is caused by the human papillomavirus, or HPV, a virus that is transmitted through sexual contact.
In the United States, serious harm from cervical cancer is uncommon, because it is often discovered in the early stages via a simple Pap test, and then treated before it advances.
However, mistakes can be made. Health care providers can neglect to recommend the relatively routine test, misread test results, or sometimes fail to diagnose and treat a patient with an abnormal Pap test result
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If you or a loved one suffered severe injury or death due to a medical error involving a diagnosis of cervical cancer, you should contact the cervical cancer attorneys at Kline & Specter or call directly at 800-243-1100. The firm has more than 40 attorneys, five of whom are also highly skilled doctors, including two OB/GYNs. In fact, the firm recently settled two cases – for $1.5 million and $3.25 million – involving cervical cancer. In one case, a Pap smear was misread, while in the other a doctor failed to order the proper test to rule out cervical cancer after a Pap test indicated the possible presence of the disease. One patient died while the other was able to receive treatment, but late and after the cancer had spread. Both cases had been rejected by other law firms before the patients came to Kline & Specter. A doctor/lawyer at the law firm, after reviewing medical records of the patients, decided that both cases had merit and should be further litigated.
Symptoms of cervical cancer may include:
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding, such as post-menopausal bleeding or bleeding after sex or between menstrual periods
- Lower stomach or pelvis pain
- Pain during sex
- Abnormal vaginal discharge
Call us today to speak with a medical malpractice lawyer who can represent you in your delayed diagnosis of cervical cancer claim.