When Doctors Commit a Pap Smear Misdiagnosis
Cervical cancer is now a condition that can be largely prevented, with proper and routine preventative care. A doctor is responsible for ensuring a patient understands how often they should receive Pap smears, depending on their age and other factors. After receiving a pap smear test, a doctor may commit a devastating misdiagnosis, leaving the patient vulnerable to developing cervical cancer. If this has happened to you or a loved one recently, please know that there are legal professionals who can guide you through this difficult time.
An attorney at Wieand Law Firm, LLC has been dedicated to fighting for patients who received an incorrect diagnosis from their doctor. We are here to help you get the compensation you need not only for the medical expenses associated with the misdiagnosis, but for your mental anguish and suffering too.
Cervical Cancer is Preventable
Cervical cancer has become a more preventable condition due to the creation of pap smears. Early pre-cancerous cells (dysplasia) can be detected through routine pap smears gathered through pelvic examinations. If caught and identified early, these precancerous cells can be removed before progressing into fully cancerous cells. However, a doctor that misinterpreted the pap smear results, may have committed an error that led to these precancerous cells growing into life-threatening cancer.
Upon finding out about this mistake, your doctor may have tried to convince you that cervical cancer is not always preventable. While this may be true, he or she could have made a tragic error which led to your cervical cancer diagnosis and is now just trying to cover it up. An attorney at Wieand Law Firm, LLC can investigate further to hopefully find out the truth, so you can receive the compensation you deserve.
Failure to Detect Dysplasia
Dysplasia is the stage at which pre-cancerous cells are within the cervix. Once these cells progress, it can develop into cancer and travel up through the uterus and ovaries. If these precancerous cells can be found, removing them through a minimally invasive procedure is often possible. If these abnormal cells progress too far, then a hysterectomy may be necessary. Failing to detect dysplasia can ultimately cost the patient his or her life, as the stages of cancer can turn aggressive and spread to the rest of the body.
If your doctor misdiagnosed you after a pap smear, perhaps he or she determined you only had a minor infection, when the signs actually meant something more serious was going on. Symptoms that your doctor may have undervalued during the pap smear and pelvic exam include:
- Vaginal odor
- Vaginal discharge that is abnormal
- Unusual vaginal bleeding
- Pelvic pain
- Bladder symptoms
Those who have experienced loss and suffering due to a misdiagnosis after a Pap smear, may be entitled to compensation through filing a lawsuit. One of our Pap smear misdiagnosis attorneys at Wieand Law Firm, LLC can help innocent patients recover damages, such as long-term disability, current/future medical expenses, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. Please don’t accept the wrongdoing that has happened to you. Let us help fight for you by calling today.