Every day, medical professionals treat women during pregnancy and childbirth, and the attorneys at The Gil Law Firm in Dothan, AL, know that means constant potential for medical negligence. While you might think of personal injury claims arising only as a baby is born, doctors can make numerous mistakes during gestation. The following examples of a doctor’s liability for medical malpractice are events that occur before a mother gives birth.
Attorneys Share Different Types of Liability for Prenatal Care
Failure to Diagnose an Ectopic Pregnancy
One out of every 50 pregnancies is an ectopic pregnancy, occurring when the sperm fertilizes an egg outside of the uterus. If a doctor does not diagnose symptoms such as sharp, stabbing abdominal pain or fainting, or does not treat them appropriately, the mother’s reproductive organs and her life may be in danger.
Failure to Diagnose or Address an Expectant Mother’s Condition
The health of a mother-to-be has a direct impact on the fetus she carries. Doctors should diagnose or consider the effects of conditions such as AIDS, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), kidney or thyroid disease, or lupus when caring for expectant mothers. Experienced personal injury attorneys have handled cases in which missed diagnoses or improper care have led to miscarriages, low birth weight, premature birth, or birth defects.
Failure to Identify & Treat Conditions of Pregnancy
Pregnant women may experience changes in their health, such as gestational diabetes, which can lead to preterm delivery and preeclampsia, which is a sudden spike in blood pressure. If doctors fail to provide proper treatment, the results can include premature birth, disability, or fatality for the mother or child. Medical professionals can be liable for all resulting damages and losses.
The personal injury attorneys at The Gil Law Firm in Dothan, AL, offer skilled representation in medical malpractice cases on behalf of expectant and new mothers. For almost 20 years, they have served families in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida with compassion and professionalism. Visit them online to learn more about their attorneys. Call (334) 673-0100 for a confidential consultation appointment.