Our Michigan medical malpractice lawyers represent cancer patients and their families in lawsuits involving the misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose cancer cases. This includes cases involving cervical cancer. Victims of this medical malpractice do have legal rights under Michigan law.
Cervical cancer forms in tissues of the cervix. It is often slow to grow and symptoms may not present themselves until relatively late stages, but the cancer can be found easily using regular pap smears. Despite the great familiarity doctors must have with the increasingly common disease, misdiagnosis or mistreatment of cervical cancer is a growing cause of medical malpractice claims.
Cervical cancer responds well to early detection and treatment. Cervical cancer is now considered a preventable disease because early detection allows doctors to minimize its effects. Unfortunately, doctors and other medical professionals often fail to order tests, misdiagnose, and fail to treat cervical cancer. Such errors can give rise to successful medical malpractice claims.
Common Cervical Cancer Diagnosis Errors
Medical professionals often fail to diagnosis cervical cancer. Here are some common errors that are often made:
- Failure to test using a pap smear
- Failure to identify cancerous mass in cervix during cervical exams
- Failure to properly interpret results of a pap smear or biopsy
- Failure to classify a tumor as malignant
- Failure to recommend treatment options
- Failure to notify patient of test results
- Failure to order future tests
- Failure to recognize common symptoms
What is Needed to Prove a Cervical Cancer Medical Malpractice Case?
A medical error that results in a misdiagnosis or the failure to diagnose breast cancer can give rise to a medical malpractice lawsuit. To win this type of case, it must be established by medical opinions that an earlier diagnosis could and should have been made by the doctor. It must also be proven that if an earlier diagnosis had been made and treatment had begun, the patient would have had a more favorable outcome. Many times, an early pap smear or other procedure could have prevented the spread of the cancer and provided an excellent outlook and prognosis for the patient.
Our experienced attorneys will get all of the medical records and have them reviewed by our in house legal team. We will then consult with nationally recognized medical experts to discuss the care and treatment to determine whether medical negligence resulted in harm to the patient. If we can prove your case, we will file your lawsuit against the doctor and medical facility responsible for the negligent care.
How Much are Settlement Amounts in Cervical Cancer Malpractice Lawsuits?
Under Michigan law, a victim of medical negligence can seek several different types of compensation. Settlements can include compensation for pain and suffering, disfigurement, disability, loss of enjoyment of life and other non-economic type claims. Additional compensation is available for loss of income, loss of future earnings, and medical costs and expenses.
In medical malpractice cases involving the death of a patient, surviving family members can file a Michigan wrongful death lawsuit. These lawsuits seek compensation for pain and suffering of the decedent until death, the loss of society and companionship of the loved one by family members, loss of income and support, medical expenses, and funeral and burial expenses.
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Contact Our Michigan Cervical Cancer Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cervical cancer after the disease should have already been identified, you may have a medical malpractice claim. Call our award winning Michigan cancer attorneys at (800) 606-1717 or fill out the Free Case Review Form on the side of this page and one of our attorneys will be in contact with you shortly. We will listen to your story and provide you with your best options given your unique situation.
Our attorneys will represent you under our No Fee Promise, which means you will not pay a dime unless we are able to reach a settlement or jury verdict for you. There is nothing to lose, so call us today!