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OBGYN Malpractice

An OB/GYN, or obstetrician-gynecologist, is a medial professional handling overall diagnosis and female reproductive health treatment. Some of the practices covered by an obstetrician are pregnancy, gynecological cancer, and abnormal uterine bleeding. These cases, already a severe matter, often result in serious injury to victims due to a physician’s negligence—all medical treatments, including gynecological treatments, are an inherent risk. But, if you believe a physician’s negligence could be the cause of injuries suffered by yourself or a loved one, don't hesitate to contact an OBGYN negligence lawyer today. In almost all medical malpractice cases, a malpractice lawyer's involvement can help you build the case required for proper compensation.

Most common OBGYN Malpractice cases

Malpractice cases occur when the patient suffers injuries related to the physician’s negligence. These can be injuries that can be inflicted on the mother but also the fetus. A report presented by Medscape shows that as much as 78% of OB/GYNS have been named in a lawsuit. Some of the most common causes for cases built by malpractice lawyers are:

  • Misdiagnosis (Failure to identify a congenital disability or genetic disorder during pregnancy)
  • Failure to recognize complications related to the umbilical cord.
  • Performing unnecessary surgery
  • Improper cesarean section
  • Bowel Perforation
  • Injuries suffered during childbirth
  • Failure to treat sexually transmitted diseases.

In these cases, a physician’s malpractice can cause trauma during birth and have potential lethal aftermath for the victim. Seeking out an OBGYN negligence lawyer will ensure you get proper treatment and the compensation required to cover medical expenses for recovery.

Congenital disabilities caused by malpractice

Birth Injury Justice Center statistics show that 7 of 1000 children born in the United States suffer from birth injuries. Significant percentages of these injuries could have been avoided with proper practice.

The most common causes of birth injuries are Oxygen deprivation causing brain damage and wrongful use of vacuum extraction during delivery, causing significant damage to infants' head, neck, and shoulders.

Gynecological complications can also cause congenital disabilities—a physician’s negligence such as prescribing medicine affecting the infant, or failure to monitor expectant mothers properly.

Proving the physician’s negligence

Patients suffering from injuries caused by a physician’s negligence have to file a civil suit against the responsible OGBYN or hospital. For an OBGYN negligence lawyer to assist, the patient must then prove the following requirements to be fulfilled:

  • The doctor in question had a duty to provide the patient with care.
  • The OBGYN or hospital failed to provide such care.
  • The patient sustained injuries as a result.
  • The injuries sustained were caused by the physician’s negligence.

Furthermore, your OBGYN negligence lawyer must prove that physician’s negligence is at least 51% responsible for the patient's injuries.

Compensation in obstetrician and gynecological malpractice lawsuits

The compensation ensured by malpractice lawyers may be able to relieve the financial burden caused by your injuries. The victim of causes related to a physician’s negligence or gynecological complications may be entitled to:

  • Compensation to cover current and future medical expenses required to correct any medical damage suffered by mom or infant.
  • Compensation for lost wages as a result of unemployment caused by the injuries suffered.
  • Compensation for injuries and trauma sustained during pregnancy or birth. Injuries and trauma can cause emotional damage to the victim or their family.
  • Compensation for lost medical benefits, loss of inheritance, or loss of consortium as a result of wrongful death.
  • Punitive damages in cases where a physician’s negligence was particularly severe to punish the defendant.

The compensation intends to relieve you from some of the burdens caused by the injuries. Financial compensation might not right any wrongdoing but can help ease the transition as you ensure correct treatment and recovery.

Compensation caused by a physician’s negligence or malpractice holds some of the highest payouts, with settlements exceeding $1 million. This also means that doctors go through great lengths to avoid lawsuits. Research showing that potentially as many as 20% of physicians have lied or avoided telling patients about malpractice due to fear of lawsuits.

Consulting with an OBGYN malpractice lawyer will help you prove the validity of your claim. Proving malpractice can often be challenging, but experienced OBGYN malpractice lawyers make sure professional experts validate your case.

 

Increase in physicians negligence

A research report provided by the US National Library of medicine shows that the cesarean sections use has increased sharply since the 1990s.  From less than five percent to almost thirty-two percent.

More obstetricians are using cesarean sections to decrease the risk of complications, reducing the risk of malpractice litigation. While C-sections should decrease the risk of wrongful death during childbirth, the unnecessary use of C-sections can cause severe injuries to the mother such as:

  • Loss of blood and the need for blood transfusions
  • The risk of developing severe infections
  • Hormone issues causing trouble with breastfeeding after birth
  • Less chance of successfully giving vaginal birth with later pregnancies due to the risk of uterine rupture.

Even though these risks occur, many obstetricians and hospitals push women toward C-section. This to minimize the duration of labor, decreasing the risk of a physician’s negligence and malpractice.

Have you been pushed toward taking C-section, or believe you have experienced gynecological complications due to a physician’s negligence?

Reaching out to an OBGYN negligence lawyer can help you ensure the compensation you deserve. Trying to get a settlement with professional institutions on your own can be daunting and often result in settlements below average.

As much as 70% of doctors have experienced lawsuits, and they take every measure possible to avoid further legal responsibilities.

What an OBGYN negligence lawyer can do for you

Our team of personal injury experts has experience with helping our clients secure the compensation they deserve. You should not have to worry about how you can prove your claim. Let our experienced team of malpractice lawyers handle your claim on your behalf.

If you believe you or a loved one have fallen victim to a physician’s negligence or have experienced gynecological complications, contact our OBGYN negligence lawyer team by Phone at (954) 951-0000. Further information on how we can assist with your claim can be found here.

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