Unfortunately, cervical cancer is a common diagnosis among women. A doctor’s failure to diagnose or their misdiagnosis of cervical cancer can have catastrophic health effects for a patient. If this has happened to you or your loved one, our Rochester diagnosis error attorneys can help you recover damages for your harm. With years of experience representing victims of medical malpractice, you can rest assured we know how to handle complicated misdiagnosis claims.
Cervical Cancer Statistics
Cervical cancer takes place when abnormal cells on the cervix grow out of control. The cervix is the lower part of the uterus that opens into the vagina. Different strains of the human papillomavirus, a sexually transmitted disease, play a part in causing most cases of cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is one of most common types of cancer among women in the world. In the U.S. alone, there are 13,000 new cases of cervical cancer diagnosed every year, leading to 4,000 deaths, according to the National Cancer Institute.
Liability in Cervical Cancer Cases
If diagnosed early, cervical cancer can be cured with proper evaluation and treatment. Unfortunately, when cervical cancer is not diagnosed properly, the patient has no chance of seeking treatment in a timely manner and the chances of succumbing to the disease increase significantly. Cervical cancer misdiagnosis is often the result of one or more of the following:
- Failure to take a patient’s medical history properly;
- Incomplete physical examination;
- Misread biopsy;
- Failure to order follow up testing for abnormal pap smear result;
- Failure to note key symptoms mentioned by the patient;
- Failure to screen properly for cervical cancer.
If a failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis of cervical cancer led to your injury, you may be able to recover compensation through a medical malpractice claim. Medical malpractice is the failure of a medical professional to follow the accepted standards of care in his or her profession resulting in harm to the patient. The standard of care refers to the level of care that a prudent medical professional in the same specialty would have used under the same or similar circumstances.
Damages in Medical Malpractice Cases
If you or a loved one has been injured or lost their life due to a medical professional’s misdiagnosis, you may be entitled to compensation for current and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, rehabilitation, lost wages and reduction in earning capacity, loss of enjoyment of life and any compensation for any other losses arising from the malpractice. Every case is different and the exact amount of damages you will be entitled to will vary depending on the nature and extent of the injury.
Trusted Rochester Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorney
Misdiagnoses of cervical cancer are far too common leading to serious patient harm. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a cervical cancer misdiagnosis, we can help. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, our experienced and hard-working Rochester medical malpractice attorneys are committed to getting our clients the compensation they need to move on with their life. To learn more about how our team can help you, please do not delay in calling us at 833-200-2000 or contacting us online.
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