Although serious medical mistakes are reportedly rare, with the sheer number of medical procedures that take place in the U.S. every year, even isolated incidents begin to add up. In fact, in a 2000 study published by the Institute of Medicine, researchers reported that up to 98,000 people die each year in U.S. hospitals due to mistakes on the part of doctors, hospitals and other healthcare professionals. Lawsuits filed against physicians and health institutions for medical malpractice can result from any number of medical mistakes, including those involving injury from prescription drugs, diagnostic error, and birth defects in children. Even women who schedule regular visits to their obstetrician or gynecologist (Ob/Gyn) may be exposing themselves or their unborn child to unnecessary injury or harm resulting from medical mistakes; research shows that Ob/Gyn errors account for a disproportionately large number of medical malpractice cases. If you were the victim of a medical mistake which caused you harm or led to your child being born with a birth defect or birth injury, contact a medical malpractice attorney to discuss your compensation options.
The unfortunate truth is that hospital, doctor and Ob/Gyn mistakes are oftentimes preventable and can result from negligence, recklessness or simply inexperience. Regardless of how medical errors come to be, the results can be life-changing, especially for pregnant women whose unborn children are exposed to considerable harm during pregnancy. Common Ob/Gyn mistakes that could result in serious injury or harm include:
Because Ob/Gyns deal with reproductive organs and reproduction itself, even the most minor mistakes can have catastrophic outcomes, including causing life-altering harm to the unborn baby. In some cases, hospital or doctor mistakes may also cause devastating injury to a baby in the womb. This may include prescribing pregnant women or women of childbearing age pharmaceutical drugs with the potential to cause significant fetal harm.
Medical malpractice means that a healthcare professional, such as a physician or Ob/Gyn, caused injury or death to a patient by failing to act within the applicable standard of care. In other words, a healthcare provider may be accused of negligence if he or she fails to act reasonably under the circumstances at hand, and the unreasonable conduct causes harm. One of the most devastating consequences of medical mistakes is the development of birth defects among children who are subjected to negligent or reckless medical care during pregnancy.
Birth injuries are malformations present at birth which cause physical and/or mental disability, and can be caused by genetic, environmental or unknown factors. Common examples of birth defects include heart malformations, cleft lip and lung defects, some of which can result in life-long complications or even death for affected children. With today’s advancements in medical technology, many birth defects can be diagnosed in the womb through prenatal screening, and some birth injuries can even be treated before birth. By detecting birth defects in the womb, physicians can prepare for medical or surgical treatment of a condition before or after birth. However, failure to properly diagnose a birth defect may constitute medical malpractice, and victims may be eligible for a birth defect lawsuit.
Besides the obvious physical and emotional pain that birth defects often inflict on affected children and their families, these types of injuries can also lead to a substantial financial burden resulting from long-term birth injury treatment. If you or a loved one has suffered from a birth injury which you believe to be the result of medical malpractice, contact a qualified medical malpractice attorney to discuss your compensation options. You may have grounds to file a birth defect lawsuit against the hospital, doctor or Ob/Gyn allegedly responsible for causing the birth defect, in order to seek financial compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. The statute of limitations for birth injury cases varies from state to state; if you suspect that your child has been a victim of a medical malpractice birth defect, consult a knowledgeable medical malpractice lawyer today to protect your rights and hold the allegedly negligent doctor or hospital liable for your child’s injuries.