Woman Gets Specialist Care after Smear Test Errors Led to Cervical Cancer

Author:
Julie Dudson
Partner, Medical Negligence Solicitor
Date:
28/04/2021

Smear test mistakes meant our client developed cervical cancer and couldn’t have a baby

Ms G was diagnosed with cervical cancer shortly after her smear test results noted abnormal changes. Although the cancer thankfully hadn’t spread to other parts of her body, she had to have a hysterectomy.

An investigation found that previous smear test results from 2009 and 2012 had shown moderate and severe changes respectively, but hadn’t been reported correctly.

If these had been reported properly at the time, Ms G would’ve been referred for the proper tests and got treated much sooner. As a result, the cervical cancer could have been prevented and she wouldn’t have needed the hysterectomy.

The mistakes made with her smear tests had a huge impact on Ms G’s life. For example, the hysterectomy meant she couldn’t have any more children. Her mental health also suffered and she needed to have counselling.

Ms G now sees the specialist at a Macmillan Cancer Centre every three months and will stay in their care for five years.

How We Helped

Ms G contacted our Medical Negligence Solicitors for a free claims assessment, and we agreed that her problems could have been avoided had the earlier smear tests been correctly reported.

I arranged for her to be assessed by three independent medical experts, including a psychiatrist, and they each prepared detailed reports on her condition.

With this medical evidence, I argued that if the 2009 and 2012 smear tests had been reported correctly, Ms G would’ve been treated much sooner, and the cervical cancer and hysterectomy could have been avoided.

Because of these mistakes, Ms G was unable to have any more children, and the operation also brought on the symptoms of early menopause.

What Was the Outcome?

The hospital admitted that the smear tests hadn’t been correctly reported, and we negotiated a fair settlement for Ms G.

She was awarded a six-figure compensation settlement, which means she can get further treatment that’s been recommended for her, including psychological support.

The amount also reflected the pain, suffering and losses Ms G had gone through because of the mistakes that had been made, as well as the long-term consequences of the medical negligence, such as her being unable to have a baby.

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