Preparing for the birth of a baby is an exciting time. During pregnancy, after the birth of a child, and through post natal care, a mother will put all of her faith in her OB/GYN.
Unfortunately, the pregnancy process is not always free from mistakes, and those mistakes can cause serious medical problems for mother and child; sometimes even death. Complications during pregnancy, and/or birth, are devastating to parents and families. What is even more upsetting is that many of these complications can be avoided with proper testing, care, and a timely diagnosis.
4 common types of OB/GYN medical malpractice:
1. Misdiagnosis regarding pregnancy. In order to correctly diagnosis certain pregnancy complications, OB/GYNs need to recognize important pregnancy markers and perform all recommended pregnancy tests. Failing to take these steps may result in an incorrect diagnosis, which can be dangerous to the mother and her child.
2. Misdiagnosis not having to do with pregnancy. A patient doesn’t have to be pregnant to become the victim of OB/GYN medical malpractice. OB/GYNs need to be vigilant during patient check-ups and perform all necessary tests, including pap smears. Failing to recognize abnormal test results can lead to a failure to diagnosis disease such as cancer.
3. Pregnancy Surgical Errors. Surgical errors having to do with pregnancy usually involve two specific procedures: (1) Tubal Ligation (getting tubes tied); and (2) Caesarean Birth (c-section). While both of these procedures are known as routine, complications can lead to serious injury and even death for mother and child.
4. Birth Injury. During labor, mother and baby require close and constant monitoring. The OB/GYN must be diligent while monitoring the heart beat and oxygen levels of the unborn child. Any birth error can lead to severe brain and physical damage that may require specialized care for the child’s entire life.
Over the course of a pregnancy, a future mother learns to trust her OB/GYN with the most important thing – the life of her unborn child. Sometimes too much trust causes a patient to let their guard down and leaves them vulnerable to negligence. You always have to remember that doctors are human, too, and it is up to you to look out for yourself and your baby.
If you or a loved one was the victim of OB/GYN medical malpractice, you have to call me now at 1 (800) 556-4769. I will help you get the compensation you need to make sure you and your child are able to live as normal of a life as possible following your injuries. As your Ohio Birth Injury and Medical Malpractice lawyer, I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®
Author: Tim Misny | For more than 33 years, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in birth injury, medical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving “Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Columbus & Cincinnati, Ohio.” You can reach Tim by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 1 (800) 556-4769.