Jury Awards $10 Million In Cervical Cancer Diagnosis Lawsuit


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A jury has awarded nearly $10 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit alleging a technician failed to properly read pathology slides that would have led to a woman’s diagnosis of cervical cancer much earlier.

In her suit, Ruth Hricko, 63, of Minot, Maine, alleged that although she underwent annual vaginal exams between 2008 and 2011, complained of pain and the doctor found abnormalities, she was not diagnosed with cervical cancer until she later saw another physician.

According to the suit, a technician at the Central Maine Medical Center failed to properly read pap smear slides, which allowed the cancer to progress to stage 3.

At trial, Hricko alleged that she suffered permanent disfiguring injuries as a result of her cancer treatment and is being treated for chronic pain, although she is now free of cancer.

The jury in the case this week awarded $9.65 million -- $7.65 million to Hricko and $2 million to her husband.

Ross Feller Casey, Philadelphia’s preeminent personal injury law firm, has a national reputation for winning record results in medical malpractice lawsuits, including those involving the failure to timely diagnose and treat cancer.

If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of medical negligence in diagnosing cancer, you should contact one of our cancer lawsuit attorneys now for a free case evaluation. Ross Feller Casey handles all its cases on a contingency basis, meaning you will never pay a thing until a financial recovery is made in your case.

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