At Cooper Schall & Levy, we are committed to protecting victims of medical malpractice in the greater Philadelphia area. One of the common types of such negligence we deal with is cancer misdiagnosis, particularly the misdiagnosis of cervical cancer. Statistical studies report wide variations in the percentages of cancers that are misdiagnosed. All we know is that even one cervical cancer misdiagnosis is one too many.
Problems That May Result from a Cervical Cancer Misdiagnosis
Sadly, if you are reading this article you may not have to imagine the awful consequences of a cervical cancer misdiagnosis. Whether your doctor inaccurately diagnosed you with this disease or failed to diagnose your cervical cancer, allowing it to progress untreated, you may have lived through, or still be enduring, one or more of the following:
- Unnecessary treatments that resulted in physical pain, changes in sexual function, fatigue, early menopause, and/or bowel and bladder difficulties
- Avoidable metastasis of the disease that could have been successfully treated at an early stage had your doctor diagnosed it correctly
- Long-term disability or disfigurement
- Shortened life expectancy
- PTSD from unnecessary fear of a grueling illness and early death
You may even have experienced the wrongful death of a loved one to a misdiagnosed case of cervical cancer due to medical malpractice. No matter how a cervical cancer misdiagnosis has negatively impacted your family, Cooper Schall & Levy’s skilled personal injury attorneys are here to protect your rights and fight for the compensation you are entitled to receive.
Reasons for a Misdiagnosis
In spite of the fact that everyone makes mistakes, when a doctor performs at a substandard level of care causing serious harm, his or her mistakes may constitute medical malpractice. There is no acceptable excuse for a trained healthcare professional to fail to take all steps necessary to ensure best medical practices.
Our sharp medical malpractice attorneys may well be able to prove your case if the doctor who misdiagnosed your cervical cancer:
- Failed to perform a thorough physical examination
- Failed to offer or recommend cancer screening in response to your symptoms
- Failed to recommend standard diagnostic tests
- Failed to take a biopsy
- Failed to refer you to an appropriate specialist
- Misinterpreted or dismissed your symptoms
- Administered diagnostic tests improperly
- Mistakenly interpreted test results
- Misunderstood or miscommunicated medical data
- Failed to reconsider her or his diagnosis when treatments did not work as expected
If your doctor failed you in any of the above ways, contact Cooper Schall & Levy to speak with one of our dedicated cervical cancer misdiagnosis attorneys. During a free initial consultation, we will determine whether you have a viable case. Knowing that you are now likely facing high medical costs and possible loss of income, once you become our client, we will charge you no attorneys’ fees until we win you damages.
Lawsuits Against Hospitals for Cervical Cancer Misdiagnosis
When we begin investigating the details of your case — by examining all pertinent medical documents and conferring with experts in the field — we may find that the hospital in which you were treated is also legally responsible for your suffering if:
- Administrators failed to properly vet a doctor on their staff who was negligent
- A hospital employee, such as a nurse or technician, made a serious error (e.g. mixing up specimens or scans) that resulted in misdiagnosis
- Hospital protocol was not established or followed relative to testing procedures, recordkeeping, or communication between departments
We are prepared to sue all negligent parties, possibly including a radiologist, a pathologist, or a surgeon, as well as the hospital, to bring you justice.
What Makes Cervical Cancer Misdiagnosis Particularly Distressing
Cervical cancer has a favorable prognosis when detected early and treated with radiation, chemotherapy, or surgery. This makes it all the more troubling if your doctor fails to screen for cervical cancer or misdiagnoses the illness in its early signs, depriving you of less invasive treatment options and perhaps shortening your life.
We Will Fight Aggressively to Win You Maximum Compensation
Our cervical cancer misdiagnosis attorneys are highly skilled when it comes to developing persuasive arguments to win a negotiated settlement or a courtroom verdict. We know how best to present the facts of your case in order to recover both economic and non-economic damages, including whichever of the following apply in your case:
- Medical and rehabilitation costs
- Lost income
- Replacement costs
- Long-term nursing care
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
In cases of wrongful death, we will work tirelessly to help you find solace and obtain compensation for final medical costs, funeral expenses, and loss of financial and emotional support.
Contact Our Experienced Cervical Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorneys Today
The medical malpractice attorneys at Cooper Schall & Levy are compassionate as well as competent. Once you become our client, we will take over all the heavy lifting involved in the lawsuit so that you can devote your attention to recovering from your ordeal. We will do everything in our power to provide you and your family with the resources you need to secure your future. Contact our office today to schedule your free initial consultation.