The Donahey Law Firm, LLC
Free Consultation: Email


Home of the Million Dollar Verdicts
Offices Menu
Get Your FREE Case Review Talk to a lawyer for free with no obligation. Let’s talk.

FOR SERIOUS INJURIES, Call the Lawyers Other Lawyers CallTM

New study finds obstetric malpractice is often a series of missteps

When an infant suffers a birth injury as a result of medical malpractice it is natural to look for that single serious mistake the doctor made. But a new report suggests that most often it is a series of small mistakes or oversights that cascade into a crisis for the health of the infant or the mother.

The report was released by CRICO Strategies and draws upon their review of more than 100,000 obstetric medical malpractice claims. For each of these claims they chose a number of categories to determine the apparent cause of the malpractice. More than three quarters of case mentioned 'errors in clinical judgment.' While this is fairly broad category, the prevalence of some of the other categories sheds more light on the subject.

Miscommunication was cited in 36% of cases, technical error and inadequate documentation were each cited in 26% of claims. An additional 15% of cases cited ineffective supervision. While any one of these cases might have also included some catastrophic error these types of documentation and communication problems seem to highlight mistakes related to simple carelessness rather than a lack of medical talent.

The categories listed above demonstrate the most common causes of error in obstetric malpractice claims. The three most common claims are, delay in treatment of fetal distress, improper management of pregnancy, and improper performance of vaginal delivery.

Hopefully reports like this which highlight the often seemingly mundane mistakes that lead to catastrophic injuries will assist doctors and medical team in identifying how they can improve their practices and reduce the risk of birth injuries.

Source: Yahoo Finance "CRICO Strategies' Report on Malpractice Errors in Obstetrical Care Provides Roadmap for Enhanced Patient Safety" June 7, 2011

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Email Us Your Case Information For A Free Consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy


The Donahey Law Firm
495 S High St #300
Columbus, OH 43215

Telephone: 614-224-8166
Toll-Free: 800-792-1480
Fax: 614-849-0475
Email Us | Columbus Law Office Map

Branch Offices

Dayton Office
Local: 937-224-3030
Toll-Free: 800-792-1480

Cincinnati Office
Local: 513-721-9400
Toll-Free: 800-792-1480

Delaware Office
Local: 740-363-4969
Toll-Free: 800-792-1480

Covington Office
Local: 859-261-0572
Toll-Free: 800-792-1480

Mobile Office

Toll-Free: 800-792-1480
Learn More

Donahey Law Firm Logo
Logo: Facebook Logo: LinkedIn Logo: Twitter Logo: YouTube Logo: Google+