Iowa Obstetrical Malpractice Lawyers
When a Mother Receives Inadequate Care
From the moment a woman discovers she’s going to have a baby, it’s important to have the support of friends and loved ones who are there to lend a helping hand. Until the child is born, these people will be focused on making the mother feel comfortable.
The expectant mother will also be consulting with her OB/GYN regularly to make sure everything is proceeding as smoothly as possible. If the OB/GYN fails the mother, it could seriously harm the mother or the child. Such medical errors may result in death or birth injuries that could drastically impact the newborn for the rest of its life.
If you or your child was harmed by obstetric malpractice in Iowa, nobody at the hospital is going to tell you about it. Instead, the entire medical establishment is going to band together to prevent you from learning the truth.
At Leventhal Puga Braley P.C., our Iowa medical malpractice attorneys will conduct a complete investigation to find out what really happened. We have recovered millions of dollars in settlements for parents after their lives were torn apart by obstetric malpractice. We regularly practice in Iowa.
Call (877) 433-3906 to schedule a free consultation today.
What Is Obstetrical Malpractice?
Obstetrics is a medical specialty that concentrates on pregnancy, childbirth, and doing everything possible to ensure a safe and healthy outcome for the mother and her child. Gynecology is the area of medicine that specializes in female reproductive health.
An obstetrician-gynecologist (OB/GYN) plays a key role in providing medical care for the mother during pregnancy. In most cases, an OB/GYN will lead the medical team in charge of delivery during childbirth.
An OB/GYN plays a crucial role in the birthing process. They are expected to uphold the highest standards of their profession. Obstetric malpractice results when an OB/GYN makes a harmful decision that a reasonably cautious doctor would not have made under similar circumstances.
An OB/GYN Monitors Mother and Child During Pregnancy
A major portion of an OB/GYN’s duties involve making sure the mother is getting the proper care during pregnancy. That means advising her on general issues related to health and nutrition and providing regular checkups using ultrasound and other advanced diagnostic equipment.
The OB/GYN should see the mother as often as necessary, and these visits will become more frequent as the mother enters her third trimester of pregnancy. The OB/GYN will determine if it’s a high-risk pregnancy and take precautions to protect the health of both mother and child. Examples of a high-risk pregnancy include cases where the mother is undergoing the following circumstances:
- Under 17 years old
- Thyroid disease
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Kidney disease
- Over 35 years old
- Multiple births
- High blood pressure
Preeclampsia is a type of persistent high blood pressure that can develop during pregnancy. This condition threatens the health of the mother and the child, and it must be closely monitored by the OB/GYN.
Examples of Obstetrical Malpractice
Thanks to modern technology and advances in medical science, doctors are now able to anticipate pregnancy complications in a timely manner. When an OB/GYN neglects to meet the standard of care, serious injuries may result.
Examples of obstetrical malpractice include:
- Failure to conduct essential prenatal tests
- Failure to properly oversee labor
- Failure to treat prenatal conditions
- Failure to order the right tests
- Failure to call for a timely C-section
- Improper use of forceps or vacuum extractors
Consequences of Obstetrical Malpractice
Nobody should have to suffer from avoidable harm caused by the careless actions of a medical professional. Injuries suffered by the mother due to obstetrical malpractice may include:
- Heart failure
- Blood clots
- Wrongful death
Harm that may be suffered by the child include:
- Birth injuries
- Cerebral palsy
- Bone fractures
- Brain damage
- Wrongful death
How Your Iowa Obstetrical Malpractice Attorney Can Help
Birth injuries such as cerebral palsy are almost always caused by medical negligence, and they leave the family facing astronomical medical costs and other expenses. Whether it’s the mother or the child who was harmed by obstetrical malpractice, you’ll be living with a mountain of debt unless the people who caused your suffering are required to pay for it.
Our trial attorneys at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. have been recognized as leaders in the field by Super Lawyers and Martindale-Hubbell® Top Rated Lawyers. If you were harmed by medical malpractice, we’ll file a claim to help you get the money you need to put your life back together.
Call (877) 433-3906 to learn more today. We won’t charge you anything unless we win your case.
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