$1.2 million for death from cervical cancer
The family of a 37-year-old woman who died from cervical cancer has received a $1.2 million settlement from the laboratory technicians who incorrectly reported the results of her Pap smears. The woman had regular Pap smears in two successive years, which were read by technicians, not pathologists, in accordance with the hospital’s standard practice. The first technician failed to recognize and report the presence of abnormal, pre-cancerous cells, while the second technician a year later did not realize that the smear wad inadequate to make a diagnosis. As a result, there was a two-and-a-half-year delay in the diagnosis of her cervical cancer, by which time this very curable disease had become incurable. She died shortly after her diagnosis, leaving her husband and a young daughter.