Pregnant women rely heavily on the knowledge and care of their healthcare providers. Throughout pregnancy and immediately after birth, the health of the infant and mother is dependent on the level of care received from these medical professionals. Families rely on the careful attention and commitment of doctors, midwives and nurse practitioners to ensure a healthy baby, healthy mother and successful birth. But negligence during prenatal care can endanger the lives of both.
Unfortunately, there are instances where medical mistakes can lead to unexpected health outcomes. In some cases, these mistakes are minor, and the mother and baby suffer little or no consequence. However, there are more serious medical errors that can result in life-threatening, long-term health conditions, birth injuries or even death.
When a doctor fails to diagnose a serious health concern during pregnancy, the mother and baby can be placed at increased risk for complications. Failure to diagnose involves a physician failing to detect, diagnose and properly treat an illness or other health concern that could affect the pregnancy, mother or baby while the baby is still in utero, during the birth or shortly after birth. Proper treatment for many conditions can eliminate any health risks to the mother and baby, so a failure to diagnose often constitutes negligence during prenatal care.
When the failure to diagnose a health concern is the result of neglect or incompetence on the part of the medical team and causes harm to the mother or infant, medical malpractice may be involved. If you suspect you have been the victim of medical malpractice, you should contact an attorney who specializes in these types of cases for guidance and management of your malpractice case.
Negligent Prenatal Care
The failure of a physician to provide adequate prenatal care can result in dire health consequences for mother or baby or both. Some examples of this type of prenatal negligence include the following.
- Failure to diagnose and treat serious pregnancy-specific conditions such as gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, hypoglycemia or RH incompatibility
- Failure to detect birth defects that could have been addressed during pregnancy
- Failure to detect, diagnose and treat serious diseases of the mother that can be passed to the fetus, such as neonatal lupus or genital herpes
Why does a doctor fail to diagnose?
In some cases, birth injuries, complications or health problems before, during or after birth are unpredictable and unpreventable. However, if your physician failed to act responsibly or incompetently and his actions led directly to the health issues you’re experiencing, he may be guilty of medical malpractice. Common reasons why doctors may fail to diagnose follow.
- Improper monitoring or detection of infections or health conditions in the mother
- Incompetence in maternal exams or negligent review of the mother’s health history
- Failure to order proper tests or health screenings during pregnancy
- Inadequate monitoring of fetal health during delivery
- Lack of attention to fetal health after birth, such as in cases of jaundice or other concerns
- Missing the signs and symptoms of serious health concerns such as preeclampsia
- Poor education or monitoring of known conditions such as gestational diabetes
Failure to diagnose medical conditions during pregnancy or birth can result in serious health consequences such as required surgeries, long-term health problems for the infant or mother, developmental delays, nerve damage in the infant, other birth injuries and even death.
Call Cordisco & Saile LLC for Help
Cordisco & Saile LLC specializes in personal injury cases and medical malpractice and is knowledgeable and experienced in failure to diagnose cases. Our team is ready to help you seek restitution for any health problems you or your child may be experiencing as the result of a medical professional’s negligence. Call us today at 215-642-2335 to set up a free consultation to discuss your case with an attorney.