Obstetrical Malpractice Attorneys in Denver
When a Mother Receives Inadequate Care, the Whole Family Can Suffer
Obstetricians (OB/GYNs) play a key role in a future mother’s life. They are the most important medical advisor a woman has during her nine months of pregnancy. Obstetrics focuses on the mother’s health during pregnancy, and OB/GYNs are supposed to ensure that there are no complications when the baby is delivered.
But that’s not what always happens.
Birth trauma can occur anywhere, from a doctor’s office to the delivery ward to the operating room. And if that harm was due to an obstetrician’s negligence, it is grounds for an obstetrical malpractice claim. If you believe that you or your child was injured because of your doctor, contact the birth injury attorneys at Leventhal & Puga, P.C. Medical malpractice cases require expertise, and it’s crucial that you get the right counsel. We have fought on behalf of mother and babies countless times. Call us at (877) 433-3906 to discuss your case.
What Is Obstetrical Malpractice?
Complications during a pregnancy should be anticipated, and handled in a timely manner. With the modern technology now available, doctors should be able to avoid most childbirth issues. However, preventable injuries still take place every day.
No family should have to experience the pain of a seriously injured child or mother because a doctor made a mistake. Unfortunately, some common obstetrical mistakes that lead to obstetrical malpractice lawsuits include the following:
- Delay in identifying and treating symptoms of fetal distress.
- Inaccurate reading of test results or ultrasound screenings.
- Failure to read the fetal monitoring systems correctly.
- Failure to attempt to resuscitate the fetus.
- Failure to call for a C-section delivery in a timely manner.
- Administering the wrong medication.
- Improper use of birth-assisting devices, like forceps or vacuum extractors.
- Failure to notice complications.
When an obstetrician fails to diagnose pregnancy complications, it can be deadly to the mother and the baby. Routine tests can determine if a fetus has abnormalities, is developing properly, and if the pregnancy will be safe for natural delivery. An obstetrician who does not order these tests or misreads the results should be held responsible for his or her negligence.
Obstetrical malpractice can result birth injuries to the baby, such as:
- Cerebral palsy
- Brachial plexus injuries, such as Erb’s palsy or Klumpke’s palsy
- Brain damage, such as hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy
It can also result in dangerous situations for the mother, such as:
- Shoulder dystocia
- Excessive hemorrhaging
- Heart failure
- Blood clots
In order to win a malpractice lawsuit, the patient has to prove that her doctor breached the standard of care. This means that a reasonable doctor would not have made those same decisions that led to the injury of the patient or her baby.
Contact a Top Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyer
At Leventhal & Puga, P.C., we fully understand the complex work involved in a medical malpractice claim, and what it takes to get our clients the maximum compensation possible. Proving that a medical professional acted negligently and injured a patient is not an easy task. But we have medical experts in obstetrics and childbirth who can figure out exactly what went wrong during your pregnancy or birth.
While we understand that a legal claim cannot undo the damage and physical and mental suffering you sustained due to a birth injury, it can at least help you cover the medical bills, loss of wages, and other expenses. Serious birth injuries often end in a lifetime of medical care for the injured child. Our trial attorneys will fight hard to ensure you receive enough compensation to cover these long-term needs.
We take obstetrical malpractice very seriously, because we believe that healthcare professionals who cause birth injuries need to be held responsible for their actions. Contact our Denver office at (877) 433-3906. There is no charge for the initial consultation, and we have successfully handled birth injury claims across the country.
- Medscape Ob/Gyn Malpractice Report 2017: Real Physicians. Real Lawsuits.
- Trends in Malpractice Claims for Obstetric and Gynecologic Procedures, 2005 Through 2014.
- Medscape Malpractice Report 2015: Why Ob/Gyns Get Sued