Negligent Prenatal Care Leads to Claims of Medical Malpractice

Negligent Prenatal Care Leads to Claims of Medical Malpractice

If you are pregnant, protecting the health of both you and your newborn is critical. As a result, the failure to receive proper prenatal care may be the foundation of a claim for medical malpractice. Negligence in prenatal care may arise where injuries could have been prevented had prenatal tests been performed, or where health care professional conveyed information concerning the risks associated with continuing a pregnancy in a timely fashion. If you have questions about prenatal negligence, it is important to consult with an experienced San Diego birth injury lawyer right away.

Errors in prenatal care are among some of the most devastating forms of medical malpractice. Misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, and failure to diagnose can have fatal consequences. Often, there is a window of treatment for complications that arise. Diagnosis errors by the physician can cause mothers to lose the opportunity to obtain effective treatment for their unborn child, which treatment may reduce the severity of a birth injury.

For example conditions such as downs syndrome (Trisomy 21), cystic fibrosis and spina bifida can be detected via widely available prenatal tests. These tests can help you make decisions about more-invasive diagnostic tests and the course of the pregnancy. Early diagnosis of any potential abnormality is critical to give children the best chance at a positive outcome.

The failure to advise parents of available prenatal testing or properly interpret tests that reveal significant birth defects may be considered medical malpractice. In these instances, by filing a medical malpractice lawsuit parents may be entitled to obtain compensation to cover the costs of caring for a child born with significant birth injuries requiring a lifetime of care.

For more information or if you believe your doctor failed to properly perform or recommend prenatal testing, please contact the experienced San Diego birth injury attorneys at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for a confidential consultation.


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