Cervical cancer is a deadly disease that is best treated as soon as possible.
In fact, routine health screenings allow providers to detect pre-cancerous
changes that can be treated before cervical cancer develops. Unfortunately,
medical malpractice affects all healthcare specialties, including gynecology
and oncology. If you were misdiagnosed or you lost a loved one to cervical
cancer, consider talking to
medical negligence lawyers about your potential case.
The Types of Medical Errors
Doctors have a responsibility to preserve and improve the health of their
patients, but they are susceptible to making a wide range of medical mistakes.
For example, a doctor may fail to thoroughly review a patient’s
risk factors for cervical cancer. This can result in improperly recommending that the patient delay cervical
cancer screenings. When a Pap test is performed, a doctor may misinterpret
or even misplace the results. Other medical mistakes include failing to
refer patients to an appropriate specialist, failing to coordinate medical
care across different providers, and failing to identify the early signs
of cervical cancer.
The Consequences of Misdiagnosis
When cervical cancer is not detected in its pre-cancerous or early stages,
the results can be devastating. When left unchecked, the cancer can grow
and spread beyond its point of origin. This means that when it is finally
diagnosed correctly, the cancer will be more difficult to treat, will
require more invasive treatments, and is more likely to be fatal. If a
patient’s cervical cancer is initially diagnosed as being a different
medical problem, additional consequences can occur. For example, the patient
may be prescribed inappropriate medications or undergo other improper
treatments that may do more harm than good.
Pegalis & Erickson, LLC, a malpractice law firm in Long Island, New
York, extends our deepest sympathies to families who have lost a loved
one to cervical cancer and to patients who have been diagnosed with it.
If you feel that your health may have been compromised by an act of medical
malpractice, please contact us promptly at (516) 858-2194. Our dedicated
legal team will help you understand your legal rights.