Prenatal Pregnancy Complications & Medical Malpractice
Anyone who has experienced a pregnancy or even thought of conceiving knows that many potential pregnancy complications exist. These can happen at any point during the pregnancy — during the first, second or third trimester. Many complications can be effectively treated if caught early enough by a responsible doctor or midwife. However, when medical malpractice is involved, the negative effects on mother and infant can be serious.
In more than 40 years of serving injured clients, The Donahey Law Firm has developed a reputation for success in handling pregnancy complication malpractice cases. Negligent doctors, hospitals, their insurance companies and defense lawyers all know that we do not hesitate to take cases to trial. They know that we do everything possible within the bounds of the law to help mothers, infants and their families hold doctors accountable for their mistakes.
The Most Common Types of Pregnancy Complications
With offices located throughout central Ohio, our Columbus pregnancy complication attorneys are dedicated to helping the victims of many different types of pregnancy malpractice. These include some of the most common complications listed below:
- Ectopic pregnancy: Also called a tubal pregnancy, this occurs when the egg is fertilized outside of the uterus. If left undiagnosed and untreated, an ectopic pregnancy can result in wrongful death of the mother.
- Rh negative disease: During the beginning of a pregnancy, mothers should be tested to see if the baby's red blood cells have been affected by the mother's developed antibodies. A medication can be administered to prevent build-up of these antibodies. Failure to test or to administer the medication may be considered medical malpractice.
- Group B strep infection: Group B strep is the leading cause of infections in newborns. Failure to properly diagnose and treat a strep infection can lead to serious consequences.
- Pre-term labor: When a mother begins to deliver a baby before 37 weeks, this is considered pre-term labor. If not dealt with effectively, pre-term labor can result in negative health consequences or even death of the infant.
- Gestational diabetes: Gestational diabetes develops during pregnancy, when a mother's body is not making enough insulin. When doctor's commit the error of not recognizing diabetes, they should be held accountable.
- Low birth weight: There are many potential causes of low birth weight. Babies who are born at a low birth weight run the risk of lung infections, blindness, learning disabilities, cerebral palsy and heart problems.
- Hypertension: Hypertension in pregnancy is a fairly common problem, but one that can cause severe injury if it is not properly managed. All obstetricians should follow the standard of care in managing high tension in pregnancy.
- Placental Abruption: Sometimes a pregnant woman's placenta becomes detached from the uterus. This is a very serious, life-threatening situation that requires immediate intervention.
- Others: Drugs used to stop preterm labor, eclampsia, preeclampsia HELLP syndrome, premature birth, and when water breaks too early.
If you suspect that medical malpractice may have happened to you or someone you care about, talk to an Ohio birth injury attorney about pregnancy complications. Call our Ohio law offices toll free at 866-918-5886 or contact us online. Initial consultations are free, confidential and at no obligation.