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Cervical cancer claims

If you or your family have been affected by the late diagnosis or misdiagnosis of cervical cancer, our team of expert medical negligence solicitors can help you pursue a claim for compensation.

To speak with one of our cervical cancer negligence experts call 0800 358 3848 or complete our online enquiry form.

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During this difficult time, we want to reassure our clients that we are open for business and working as normal. We are happy to respond immediately to new enquiries either to our enquiry line (0800 358 3848) or to an individual solicitor.

Our IT systems are robust enough for us to work from home and we are meeting current and new clients online and by telephone to deal with all enquiries. The courts, counsel and our experts are continuing to work on your behalf. We will contact all of our clients by phone to reassure you of our continuing support at this difficult time.

We realise that most of you will be in self-isolation and would like to express our best wishes for your ongoing safety and health.

Paul McNeil, Head of Personal Injury and Medical Negligence

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Cervical cancer generally presents in the early stages as inter-menstrual bleeding, post-coital bleeding or painful intercourse.  There may also be unusual discharge. Symptoms of more advanced cervical cancer may include weight loss, back pain or referred pain in the legs.

Diagnosis should be reached by clinical examination to include palpation of the abdomen and a vaginal assessment, followed by a smear for cytological examination and colposcopy for direct visualisation to the cervix and properly directed biopsy.  After these have been performed, the histology (tissue samples) should be reviewed and staging investigations arranged.  These include full blood count, chest x-ray and CT of the abdomen and pelvis.

Delays in Diagnosis

If cervical cancer is diagnosed early the chance of being cured is normally good.  Treatment for cervical cancer depends on the staging.  Early cervical cancer can be treated by cone biopsy or surgical excision. Mid stage cervical cancer is usually treated with hysterectomy, sometimes with pelvic radiotherapy and late stage cervical cancer is treated with chemotherapy.

Mistakes in diagnosing cervical cancer can therefore be very serious. To succeed in a medical negligence claim you need to prove that the delay affected the outcome. Usually this means you need to prove that during the delay the cancer progressed to a more advanced stage. Therefore, delays of a few months are unlikely to be enough. However if cancer is left, it is likely to grow and can spread to other parts of the body. Medical negligence claims may be brought for:

  • Failure to carry out an adequate examination or take an accurate history
  • Failure to refer a patient to a gynaecological oncologist for further investigation
  • Mistakes in interpreting smear tests
  • Mistaken diagnosis of cervical cancer often resulting in unnecessary surgery

Why choose Fieldfisher's medical negligence team?


We achieve record damages for people suffering serious injury following medical negligence. Last year, we recovered more than £200m in compensation claims.


We have more than 30 years' experience pursuing claims for people injured by medical negligence, clinical negligence, medical accidents and medical mistakes.


We are ranked top tier in leading legal directories and regularly recognised in industry awards. We are accredited by APIL, panel members of AvMA and members of the Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Panel.

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For a free, no obligation call with one of our medical negligence experts, please dial 0800 358 3848 or complete our online enquiry form.