The case concerned a delay in diagnosing cervical cancer. During the course of the claim, the defendant admitted that they had misreported a colposcopy performed, which should have been recorded as inadequate rather than normal. They admitted that this would have led to a discussion at a multidisciplinary team meeting, consideration of a repeat colposcopy and test of cure. This error meant there was a delay in diagnosing Ms PC's cervical cancer. When she was eventually diagnosed she was required to undergo radical hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy and pelvic node dissection. She was also required to undergo chemo-radiotherapy and suffered significant debilitating side effects as a result.
Had a prompt diagnosis been made, Ms PC would have avoided such radical surgery and would have avoided pelvic node dissection and chemo-radiotherapy.
The case settled for a six figure sum shortly before trial.
Christina and Iona have a special interest in cervical cancer claims, recognising the vital importance of accuracy in cervical cancer screening, designed to minimise the chances of women developing cervical cancer.
For those who diligently attend such screening, such as Ms PC, it is essential that smear tests and colposcopies are accurately reported to protect patients from serious adverse consequences.
Ms PC thanked the team at Fieldfisher 'for all the hard work and dedication which you have put into my case… you have made the past three years as easy as is realistically possible, and not once did I doubt that you would do the best for me… you have acted professionally and very sensitively throughout, which has helped me to regain some trust in people'.
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