Prenatal Infections Linked To Birth Injuries

Prenatal Infections Linked To Birth Injuries

One of the goals of prenatal care is ensuring the health and wellbeing of a mother and her developing child. Several routine tests and screening protocols have been established that help doctors and other health care providers determine whether any conditions exist that may raise issues or concerns. Further, where testing does reveal a health concern or abnormality determining this early on may allow a doctor the opportunity to intervene and prevent a condition from worsening.

In certain situations, the failure to provide routine, comprehensive prenatal care may be considered negligence and the doctor or other health care provider may be held responsible for medical malpractice. If you believe your child has been harmed as the result of prenatal negligence, consulting with an experienced San Diego medical malpractice lawyer is important to determine your next steps.

For example, certain maternal infections can be passed to an unborn child, such as chorioamnionitis and Group B streptococcal septicemia. These infections may be treated with proper prenatal care. Alternatively, the failure to make a timely diagnosis and treat these infections may lead to a child developing significant birth injuries. A misdiagnosis of chorioamnionitis may lead to cerebral palsy, and require a lifetime of care. Babies infected with GBS may contract meningitis and suffer hear loss or other developmental delays.

If you believe that your child has suffered harm as the result of a prenatal misdiagnosis, please contact the top San Diego medical malpractice lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate, confidential consultation.

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