Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional doesn’t uphold the standard quality of care that results in injury, illness or death to a baby or mother. If a mother or baby experience injury during pregnancy, the birthing process or afterward it is usually due to a doctor failing to tell the mother of an abnormality or failure to diagnose a serious issue and botching surgical procedure related to the birthing process.
Common Birth Injuries
- Failing to detect fetal distress
- Failing to treat fetal distress
- Using birthing tools wrong
- Failure to monitor oxygen intake
- Failure to control oxygen intake
- Failing to perform an emergency cesarean
Common Maternal Injuries
- Failure to prevent hemorrhaging
- Failure to control hemorrhaging
- Failure to control perineal tearing
- Failure to treat preeclampsia
- Failure to diagnose maternal infections
- Failure to treat maternal infections
- Failure to diagnose maternal diabetes
- Failure to treat maternal diabetes
The most common scenario related to wrongful birth cases is that the doctor failed to alert the parent’s fetal abnormalities. This usually occurs when the doctor doesn’t screen for abnormalities properly, forgets to issue the testing or fails to provide the parents proper results.
Failure to Diagnose
Doctors generally have a strict protocol to follow when treating their patients. Specific tests are taken at various times during pregnancy. However, there are times when extenuating circumstances, inexperience or miscommunication occurs. This means patients can be misdiagnosed or not diagnosed with health risks such as the ones listed below.
- Maternal infections
- Placental issues
- Maternal diabetes
- Placenta previa
- Placental abruption
- Fetal abnormalities
- Uterine rupture
- Rh incompatibility
- Prolapsed umbilical cord
Some women who have health issues that will cause them to risk their lives if they were to get pregnant decide to have preventive surgery. Sometimes the surgery is not done properly, and the woman gets pregnant anyway. Even if the baby is born healthy and the mother survives, some women choose to bring a lawsuit against the doctor who performed the surgery since the error could have lead to the death of the mother and child.
If you have experienced any of the situations mentioned above please consult with a physician for further assistance. Once you are ready to go forward with a lawsuit gather your medical records and detailed history regarding the matter. Contact us today to make an appointment to find out if you have a situation that will lead to a lawsuit.