All pregnancies can have complications. How the doctor reacts to complications can determine whether he or she has committed malpractice. When an obstetrician or their staff has failed to perform in a manner that conforms at least with the minimum standard of care within the medical community, he or she may have committed malpractice. If the obstetrician reactions to complications are negligent or reckless and aggravate the condition of the mother and/or baby, new and avoidable complications can occur. Healthcare professionals who have been negligent during the diagnosis, treatment, or follow-up care of a mother or child can lead to permanent harm.
Common types of OBGYN malpractice include:
- Brain or organ damage resulting from asphyxiation
- Failure to diagnose
- Failure to discover prenatal conditions
- Failure to perform a cesarean section in a timely manner
- Failure to recognize complications with the umbilical cord
- Improper use of forceps
- Performing unnecessary surgery
When an OBGYN commits malpractice through misdiagnosis, which often involves the failure of the obstetrician to recognize markers that indicate genetic defects in the fetus or improper handling of a tubal or ectopic pregnancy. OBGYNs are often the first line of defense against breast, uterine, and ovarian cancer. Malpractice may occur if under the standard of care the cancer should have been discovered.
Malpractice can also occur during surgical procedures or during the delivery of a baby. Surgical procedures can include tubal ligations, hysterectomy, myomectomy, bladder support surgeries, and Caesarean sections.
Tubal ligations can be negligently performed. However, this can be difficult to prove except in cases where the tubal ligation failed and the woman becomes pregnant. Negligent Caesarian sections can result in dire consequences such as internal injuries and infertility.
Birth defects can also result when an OBGYN fails to monitor the condition of the mother and unborn child during labor. Failure to note and handle oxygen level fluctuations, heart rate, or other bio-indicators can result in severe brain damage or even death. If a child is born with birth defects because of the OBGYNs negligence can require special care for the rest of his or her life.
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