One of the most important duties of an obstetrician during prenatal visits is to be alert for risk factors that can point to a high risk pregnancy and respond appropriately to them. Good prenatal care can address many health problems and prevent others. Inadequate prenatal care can cause harm to a mother or baby and be considered OB-GYN negligence. When a baby or a mother suffers harm as a result, it is reasonable to explore your legal options.
Do you have questions about whether proper prenatal care could have prevented your baby’s birth injury or harm to you? Do you wonder how to determine who is to blame —and how to recover compensation for your baby’s injuries or your losses.
If your newborn suffered a birth injury, or if you, the mother, had serious complications that your doctor could have prevented through proper testing and vigilance, contact a compassionate birth injury lawyer at The Colleran Firm for a free consultation about your legal options. We will answer your questions. Learn more about how to prepare for a birth injury consultation with a lawyer here.
Your obstetrician is entrusted with overseeing the health care of you and your baby during your pregnancy and delivery. It is a serious responsibility.
Obstetricians have a legal obligation to follow the recognized standard of care in providing medical care to you and your baby. In following the standard of care, an obstetrician must provide treatment consistent with what other reasonable health care providers would deliver in a similar situation.
If the obstetrician fails to order an appropriate medical test for a prenatal risk factor, fails to interpret the test results correctly or fails to perform a C-section when conditions dictate, the doctor may have deviated from the standard care and acted negligently.
Determining whether a doctor violated the standard of care is not something a family can do without help. It requires a careful examination of the medical records by a qualified medical malpractice attorney working with independent medical professionals.
Expectant mothers trust that their doctor will conduct the necessary tests during their prenatal visits and inform them of other tests they may wish to have to detect possible birth defects. Routine tests such as checking your blood pressure can determine whether you may have pregnancy-induced hypertension or other conditions. Other tests can detect conditions such as anemia, preeclampsia and gestational diabetes. Amniocentesis is a test that can be used to diagnose certain birth defects including cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome and spina bifida.
A doctor’s failure to diagnose and treat a pregnant woman’s high blood pressure can cause serious complications during the pregnancy. Women with hypertension have a higher risk of preeclampsia and placenta abruption, a condition in which the placenta separates from the wall of the uterus. The likelihood of a preterm birth also is increased.
A woman’s water typically breaks during labor. But in a small percentage of pregnancies, the amniotic sack surrounding a baby in the womb breaks before the 37th week of pregnancy. This is known as a premature rupture of membranes. If a pregnant woman has fluid leaking from her vagina, a doctor should examine her and order appropriate tests to determine if she has experienced a premature rupture of membranes.
If a premature rupture of membranes has occurred, the mother needs to be hospitalized and closely monitored for the remainder of the pregnancy to prevent serious complications. It requires prompt admission to a hospital and close monitoring for the remainder of the pregnancy. A cesarean delivery may be required.
A compassionate birth injury lawyer at The Colleran Firm can help you understand whether the injury that your family has suffered was a preventable injury caused by prenatal negligence. Some birth injuries are preventable, and others are not. Unfortunately, your doctor is unlikely to tell you truthfully if he or she made an avoidable error that led to the harm you or your baby suffered. You’ll need help to learn the truth.
Our trusted medical malpractice lawyers can have your medical records reviewed by qualified medical professionals to determine if there were steps that the doctor failed to take during your prenatal care that caused harm to you and your baby. If we determine that is likely the case, we can hold the health care provider and their insurance company accountable by filing a medical malpractice lawsuit seeking damages for your injuries. We will stand up for your legal rights.
With more than 40 years of medical malpractice law experience, The Colleran Firm is prepared to evaluate your case thoroughly and knowledgeably and meet with you to discuss your legal options. To schedule a free consultation, please email us or call 215-972-8000 today.