Being pregnant is one of the best moments in a woman’s life, but it does not come without its risk of complications. Everybody reacts differently and existing medical conditions can increase the risks during pregnancy. Furthermore, OBGYN errors can make these risks multiply. Throughout a woman’s pregnancy, there are various stages in which she will be tested for different conditions, the baby will be monitored for any abnormalities, among other things. If a mistake is committed through any phase of a woman’s pregnancy, both the mother and infant can suffer severe injuries, even death due to the misconduct or negligence of the medical professionals.
A surprising fact is that at least 70% of obstetricians have been sued at least once at some point in their life, according to a survey conducted by the American Medical Association. The OBGYN malpractice lawyers know exactly how important every phase of a woman’s pregnancy is, from the moment she becomes pregnant to the moment that the infant is delivered. One little mistake can leave the infant or mother in a debilitating state for the rest of their lives.
Different OBGYN Mistakes That Result in Birth Injuries
Below will be listed some mistakes performed by obstetricians during a mother’s pregnancy that can lead to her injury or her child’s injury:
- Not performing necessary surgery in time
- Not ordering necessary test
- Not diagnosing medical conditions that pose a risk to the pregnancy
- Not properly performing a surgery
- Not thoroughly examining the mother
- Misdiagnosing a medical condition
- Not monitoring mother’s and infant’s vital signs during labor
- Allowing a prolonged labor
- Not treating mother for medical conditions like gestational diabetes or preeclampsia
Any of the above errors can lead to catastrophic injuries including broken bones, internal bleeding, cerebral palsy, damage to the nerves, damage to the brain, internal bleeding, damage to the spinal cord, and asphyxia, just to name a few. When any medical professional that is caring or treating an expectant mother fails to provide a reasonable standard of care, it can lead to the permanent damage of either the mother or infant and in some cases, both of them.
Pregnancy Should Be a Happy Moment in a Woman’s Life
Obstetricians need to ensure that they properly evaluate the mother, order all necessary tests for the mother and infant, schedule regular appointments for the mother during her prenatal care, treat any complications that arise during her pregnancy, communicate effectively with their medical staff, among other things. A woman’s pregnancy should be an exciting moment in their life, and once their infant is born, they should be able to enjoy that time with their infant. The Tampa malpractice attorneys from Percy Martinez Law Firm represent victims who suffered a birth injury due to the negligence of their OBGYN or their medical staff. The firm is there to aid these victims through this hardship in their lives.
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