Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Pittsburgh, PA
Cervical Cancer Delayed Diagnosis Attorneys Represent Victims of Medical Negligence at Pennsylvania Hospitals
Cervical cancer is one of the more common forms of cancer and is routinely identified and treated before it can develop into a more aggressive form. However, despite the fact that cervical cancer is one of few cancers with a high rate of positive patient outcomes (thanks to the development of early diagnosis tools and procedures), medical errors still occur. In fact, if a healthcare professional misdiagnoses or otherwise negligently delays diagnosis of the cancer, then it may become difficult to treat. If left uncontrolled, cervical cancer can lead to severe injuries and even death.
At Matzus Law, Pittsburgh cancer misdiagnosis attorney Jason Matzus has more than two decades of experience successfully litigating delayed diagnosis and misdiagnosis in cases involving cervical cancer. With the aid of dedicated medical experts, medical malpractice attorney Jason Matzus will develop a sound litigation strategy for pursuing full compensation for your medical malpractice claims.
For answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Pennsylvania medical malpractice claims for delayed diagnosis of cervical cancer, see the Matzus Law delayed diagnosis FAQ page.
What Is Cervical Cancer?
Cervical cancer results from the growth of cancerous cells in the cervix of a woman. Generally, cervical cancers are caused by HPV, a sexually transmitted virus. If left untreated, cervical cancer cells can quickly spread into the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, and other reproductive and nonreproductive areas. Once the cancer reaches the lymph nodes, it can easily spread to other systems in the body.
Symptoms of cervical cancer range from mild to severe and may include:
- Vaginal bleeding and discharge that occurs between periods of menstruation
- Pain in the lower body, such as stomach, pelvis, uterine, and lower back pain
- Pain during intercourse
- Fertility issues
Delayed Diagnosis and Misdiagnosis of Cervical Cancer
Cervical cancer is diagnosed through what is known as a Pap smear test. In today’s medical industry, Pap smears are regularly administered and healthcare professionals are well-trained in identifying the presence of cervical cancer early.
Though the process of diagnosing cervical cancer has been systemized, delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis can still occur due to a healthcare professional’s negligence. Negligent acts may include:
- Failing to order a Pap smear test
- Misreading the results of a Pap smear test
- Waiting too long to order a Pap smear test
- Failure to begin treatment of the cervical cancer after it has been identified
- Misdiagnosing the symptoms as some other disease
Pittsburgh, PA medical malpractice attorney Jason Matzus knows exactly how to approach cervical cancer delayed diagnosis cases to improve your chances for success and maximize compensation. He also understands that the injuries can be devastating and can have lifelong negative effects.
Effects of delayed diagnosis and misdiagnosis of cervical cancer include:
- Fertility complications, or even the loss of fertility, due to uterus damage
- Irreversible damage to the reproductive system
- Extensive chemotherapy and radiation therapy that would not otherwise have been necessary
- Surgical removal of affected organs due to advancement of the cervical cancer
Consult with an Experienced Pittsburgh Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorney Today
Here at Matzus Law, our staff includes experienced attorneys and medical professionals. We believe that effective litigation of medical negligence lawsuits requires extensive legal and medical knowledge. That’s why we have a physician assistant on staff to assess patient medical records. We also work with top-tier medical experts to determine the extent and nature of the damages caused by the defendant’s negligence.
If you have suffered injuries due to a delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis of cervical cancer in Pennsylvania, you may be entitled to recover damages as compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and various other losses. Call Matzus Law at (412) 330-1006, or fill out the online contact form, to arrange a free consultation with Pittsburgh medical malpractice attorney Jason Matzus today.
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