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Case Study

Over £300,000 for family of cervical cancer patient who died due to delayed diagnosis of cervical cancer

Farrah had routine cervical smears undertaken at the Trust in 1986, 1990, 1993 and 1995. She had two daughters in 1994 and 1996.

Following the birth of her second child, she was examined by a consultant obstetrician who found abnormalities. 

A few days later she was diagnosed as suffering from atypical glandular cells consistent with severe cervical cancer.

Despite treatment at the Royal Marsden Hospital, the King Georges Hospital and the Atkinson Morley Hospital, Farrah died as a result of the cancer some five years later on 1 July 2001, leaving behind her husband and two young daughters aged seven and five.

Paul McNeil investigated a cancer diagnosis claim on behalf of Farrah’s husband and surviving daughters.

The basis of the claim was that the defendant failed to properly interpret the cervical smears taken in March 1993 and March 1995.

It was contended that had such smears been properly analysed abnormalities would have been found and a cone biopsy performed which would have resulted in a complete cure.

The defendant eventually conceded in November 2003 that had a gynaecological referral taken place in March or October 1993, it was likely that Farrah would have been successfully treated.

The quantification of the claim was complex and following negotiations between the parties, the matter was settled for £337,500. The settlement was approved by the court.

The case was conducted with assistance of Public Funding.

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For further information about delayed cervical cancer diagnosis claims and clinical negligence claims, please call Paul McNeil on 020 7861 4019 or email


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