When a married mother of two went for a routine pap smear as part of her medical check-up, her results returned as abnormal. However, the medical staff at a Chicago area hospital failed to follow-up the abnormal pap smear results. They did not inform the woman of her irregular test results and they did not take steps to further investigate the health of the woman’s cervix.
In returning for a pap smear the following year, the woman was diagnosed with Stage 4 cervical cancer by the same medical doctors and staff who tested her the year before. Within a short period of time after that diagnosis, the mother passed away from cervical cancer. She was survived by her husband and her two young daughters, who were in 6th and 8th grades at the time of their mother’s death.
When the victim went for that initial pap smear, her test results showed that there were medical issues that required further testing and treatment. The physicians, medical staff and hospital involved in the provision of care for the victim breached their duty of care by completely ignoring the abnormal pap smear results.
In pursuing justice for the victim’s family, Timothy McArdle, a personal injury and medical malpractice attorney, successfully argued that the defendants’ failure to follow the standard of care was the direct and proximate cause of her death from advanced cancer of the cervix.
Working diligently for a number of years, Tim McArdle and his colleagues secured a $5 million settlement for the family of the victim. The settlement reflected both the significant negligence shown by the hospital, its doctors and medical staff and the tragic result of that negligence – the death of an otherwise healthy wife and mother.« Back to Our Successes