Pennsylvania residents typically expect the best, most professional care available, even when having routines tests or examinations. One woman has found out that there may have been medical malpractice in play over a span of as much as five years of routine tests. She was recently diagnosed with cervical cancer following five years of negative results from yearly Pap smears.
This news is very troubling considering the vast number of tests performed by these doctors every day for many women around the Washington area. The hospital has since been faced with a lawsuit for medical malpractice and has had to call in outside agencies to confirm the results of hundreds of patient tests. The hospital has made a statement that there have been no significant concerns found in the reevaluations. In the medical field, however, any such accusation is cause for concern.
Eight doctors and the hospital system itself are listed in the lawsuit, which claims that the doctors failed to obtain sufficient evidence for the cervical cancer, which could have led to preemptive measures. Thankfully, the woman has beaten the cancer and is now declared cancer-free. It will take time and hopefully correctly administered and evaluated exams to determine if the cancer is gone for good.
Medical malpractice in Pennsylvania promotes too many risks to future residents to simply ignore it. Women that have been treated at this facility and by these doctors need to be aware of this lawsuit and seek the best representation that can explore all the options for finding compensation for any oversights. Cancer wreaks havoc on the entire system, and doctors or technicians who fail to meet the standards of care for their professions need to be held accountable for their mistakes.
Source: 10tv.com, “Woman sues over Pap smears before cancer diagnosis,” Nov. 16, 2012