Common Types of Obstetric and Gynecology Negligence
Many women have stories detailing a physician not listening to their complaints, especially when it comes to matters of obstetrics and gynecological care. Proper care during pregnancy and delivery is essential to the delivery of a healthy child. Often a mother’s complaints can signal something serious, and a good physician knows to listen carefully to the mother. Our team at Pope & Howard, P.C. knows the feeling of not being heard that many victims of obstetrics and gynecological negligence experience. We want our clients to know: their voices matter.
There are so many things that can go wrong when it comes to obstetrics and gynecological care, such as a baby born with a brain injury, delayed cancer diagnosis, undiagnosed perforations from surgical procedures that lead to sepsis and death, missed preeclampsia, or preventable surgical complications.
The medical malpractice lawyers at Pope and Howard in Atlanta have experience trying these types of cases, and are here to provide you with compassionate service while helping you gain just compensation.
Common Injuries Caused by Negligence
Early diagnosis of ovarian or uterine cancers is essential to give the patient the best chance of survival. If your medical professional conducts a cursory examination or the office is sloppy leading to a mix-up, then the chances of detecting this type of cancer in time becomes nearly impossible.
Sometimes in gynecologic surgeries like a hysterectomy or the removal of an ovary, the surgeon might cut into an organ, usually the bowel, and cause a perforation. Often these mistakes are due to a lack of proper surgical technique. Either way, the surgeon must diagnose the perforation quickly in order to prevent the patient from developing an overwhelming infection that can’t be treated.
Some of the most devastating preventable medical errors occur during pregnancy. A woman’s complaints of pain or of vaginal bleeding can signal an emergency with the baby, and the obstetrician needs to take quick action to save the baby. Once in the hospital for delivery, the woman is connected to a fetal monitoring strip that lets the medical team monitor the baby’s condition. If the strip looks bad, the team needs to act quickly.
If your doctor ignores your complaints during the labor and delivery, then your child is at a higher risk of brain injury. An attentive medical team can respond to problems during birth, and the failure to listen to the mother can have devastating consequences for the child.
Another concern that can get overlooked is preeclampsia, a pregnancy complication that leads the mother to have high blood pressure and protein in the urine. It is critical to diagnose preeclampsia early so that it can be managed until the baby is delivered. Undiagnosed preeclampsia can lead to a host of problems, including liver failure, brain injuries, and death.
When to Call Pope & Howard About a Medical Malpractice Case in Atlanta, GA
If you have been dismissed by your doctor and then you or your child is injured, you should contact our team at Pope & Howard, P.C. Our experienced team of trial lawyers and medical experts will work to get you just and fair compensation for your injuries.