4 common prenatal medical errors

4 Common Prenatal Medical Errors

Your child is precious to you, and as a parent, you want to protect them from everything you can. Your health care team—both before and after your child’s birth—should feel the same way.

Unfortunately, medical professionals can make mistakes regarding your health care during your pregnancy that can harm your child before they’re even born. These are some of the most common prenatal medical errors:

  • A failure to diagnose a disease or medical condition in an expectant mother during pregnancy.
  • A failure to identify a congenital disability that can be treated while the fetus is developing.
  • A pregnant mother is given the wrong medication.
  • A child is injured during birth.

If you or your child have been the victim of a prenatal medical error, then you may be considering a pediatric malpractice lawsuit. At Sommers Roth & Elmaleh, we have extensive experience with various medical malpractice cases, including pediatric malpractice cases. Here we are going to explore the 4 most common prenatal medical errors and what you can do to get fair compensation as a victim.

A Failure to Diagnose a Disease or Medical Condition in an Expectant Mother During Pregnancy

If you had a disease or medical condition that your doctor failed to diagnose and treat appropriately during your pregnancy, this failure could have injured you or your baby. For example, any of the following could have harmed you or your child if not correctly diagnosed and treated during your pregnancy:

  • Preeclampsia
  • Gestational diabetes
  • High or low blood pressure
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Lupus
  • A sexually transmitted disease, such as syphilis or chlamydia

The longer a condition or illness is left untreated, the greater the risk is to you and your unborn child.

A Failure to Identify a Congenital Disability That Can Be Treated While the Fetus is Developing

Thanks to advances in modern medicine, a baby with a congenital disability can now be diagnosed before birth and sometimes even treated! One congenital disability that can potentially be treated before birth is spina bifida.

When a baby has spina bifida, their spinal cord does not form properly. When a child is born with spina bifida, they usually have paralysis in their lower limbs and will require leg braces, crutches, or even a wheelchair to get around. They are also likely to have a reduced lifespan and may require having a shunt in their brain to drain fluid from it.

While there are some risks associated with spina bifida surgery before birth, the outcome is often a positive one and it dramatically increases the odds that a baby will have no ongoing issues after birth.

A Pregnant Mother Is Given the Wrong Medication

If you were the victim of a medication error during your pregnancy, then you may have grounds for a pediatric malpractice lawsuit. Some of the medication errors that can occur during pregnancy are:

  • A patient is given the wrong medication.
  • A patient is given the proper medication, but the wrong dose of it.
  • A patient is not given the type of medication that they should have been.

All of these scenarios can lead to an injury occurring to both mother and child. It is vital that a doctor be aware of their patient’s medical history and always prescribe the proper medication in the correct dose.

A Child Is Injured During Birth

Some women have a quick and easy labour, and others have long and complicated labours. Regardless, the mother and child must be continuously monitored during labour. Otherwise, if the child does not receive sufficient oxygen or their heartbeat drops too low, there is a substantial risk the child will be injured.

In addition, other injuries that can happen during labour are forceps being misused or a doctor failing to detect complications with the umbilical cord, which can lead to oxygen deprivation.

Regardless of the cause, an injury during birth can cause a child to potentially suffer from severe brain damage or a physical injury that will require lifelong care. If this is your situation, you should look into a pediatric malpractice case.

How can Sommers Roth & Elmaleh help me with a pediatric malpractice case?

If you or your child has suffered due to a prenatal medical error, then it’s important you contact a medical malpractice lawyer to pursue a pediatric malpractice case. At Sommers Roth & Elmaleh, when you come to talk to us about a pediatric malpractice case, we’ll discuss:

  1. What are the most common grounds for pediatric malpractice cases are. If your child is born with a congenital disability that the doctor failed to diagnose correctly while in utero or your child was injured before or during birth due to medical negligence, then you may have grounds for a pediatric malpractice case. We have represented families where a child has been impacted by a brain injury, microcephaly, acute renal failure, and several other medical conditions.
  2. What your options are when it comes to pursuing a pediatric malpractice case so you can plan for your and your family’s future.
  3. What kind of damages you may be entitled to if we win your pediatric malpractice case. You may be eligible for general damages (money awarded to recognize the stress of raising a disabled child), as well as compensation for costs involved in raising your child, including home accessibility modifications and attendant care services.

At Sommers Roth & Elmaleh, our caring and experienced lawyers are here to help you pursue your pediatric malpractice case.

It’s Important to Be Aware of Prenatal Medical Errors

You depend on your healthcare team to ensure that you and your baby remain healthy during your pregnancy and birth. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. In this article, we’ve covered four different types of medical errors that can occur:

  • A disease or medical condition isn’t diagnosed during pregnancy.
  • A congenital disability isn’t detected during pregnancy.
  • The wrong medication is provided to an expectant mother.
  • The baby is injured during birth. 

We can help you pursue a pediatric malpractice case if you’ve been the victim of a prenatal medical error. Our medical malpractice lawyers will walk you through every step of a pediatric malpractice case and talk to you about what options you can pursue.

Contact Us to Learn More About Pediatric Malpractice Cases

At Sommers Roth & Elmaleh, we’re here for you if you’re considering filing a pediatric malpractice case. Call us at 416-961-1212 or contact us online.

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