As an expectant mother, you probably did all the right things. You took your vitamins, avoided alcohol, got plenty of rest, ate the correct amount of healthy protein, fresh fruits and veggies, and sought early medical care for yourself and your baby. You trusted your doctor to guide you successfully through the pregnancy and quickly find any potential risks that could affect your health. Your hopes for a healthy baby and happy family were high.
It is expected that a mother who is diagnosed with an ectopic pregnancy will suffer great disappointment and potential health concerns. However, it is also expected that a competent physician will detect the condition early in the pregnancy and protect the mother from additional health problems as a result.
If you feel that your ectopic pregnancy went undetected for an inappropriate amount of time or if you or a loved one suffered serious or catastrophic consequences due to a late or missed diagnosis, you may be entitled to compensation via a medical malpractice case. Physicians who act negligently or incompetently in providing care can be held responsible for damages their patients suffer as a result. Contact an attorney who specializes in medical malpractice cases to discuss prenatal care malpractice and seek advice on next steps.
What is an ectopic pregnancy?
An ectopic pregnancy occurs when the fertilized egg attaches itself outside of the uterus. It is considered a non-viable pregnancy and can cause serious health problems for the mother. Complications can include internal bleeding, rupture of the fallopian tubes and the need for emergency surgery. In severe cases, the mother can die as a result of complications. Future fertility can be affected.
Why do doctors fail to diagnose ectopic pregnancies?
In the case of such a serious health concern, it would be realistic to expect a doctor to be cognizant of the risk of an ectopic pregnancy and to respond swiftly to signs of the condition.
Some of the reasons why doctors misdiagnose ectopic pregnancies and their complications include the following.
- Delayed ordering of necessary hormone tests that may detect an ectopic pregnancy
- Inattention to patient symptoms that signal ectopic pregnancy, such as pain on one side of the lower abdominal region, shoulder pain or vaginal bleeding
- Failure to prescribe appropriate treatment options for the mother after a diagnosis is made -- such as the drug methotrexate, which prevents the egg from developing and growing in the fallopian tube
- Neglectful review of test results or a woman's medical history
- Poor follow-up after an ectopic pregnancy, such as ignoring fluid retention or signs of infection
Losing a potential pregnancy can be traumatic for the parents and other family members. Enduring serious medical complications in addition to living with emotional pain is excruciating. If your life has been affected by the wrongful or negligent acts of a professional in the medical field, speak to an attorney who can help you sort out your options for restitution. You may be entitled to reimbursement for your financial damages, long-term health complications, and pain and suffering.
Contact Cordisco & Saile LLC
At Cordisco & Saile LLC, we understand the emotional toll an ectopic pregnancy can take on a family. Our attorneys are trained to approach these types of medical malpractice cases with compassion as well as intensity. Our team is ready to help you review the details of your medical history and build a strong case that will win the outcome you deserve. Call us today at 215-642-2335 to set up a free consultation to discuss your case with an attorney.