In Arizona, some pregnant women are carriers of group B streptococcus, a bacteria that is commonly found in the rectum and the vagina. While this bacteria is harmless for adults, mothers can pass it to their babies, and the infants can suffer serious health effects as a result. If your doctor failed to properly diagnose group B strep or to treat it appropriately, you may have sufficient legal grounds to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Mothers must be tested for group B strep, and if it is found, they must be treated with antibiotics in order to prevent them from passing it to their babies. When doctors fail to test or to treat the infection properly, the babies of mothers who are carriers may suffer from serious illnesses.
If your baby was injured because of your doctor's failure to diagnose and to properly treat your infection, you may want to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the doctor. You will need to get copies of all of your medical records and those of your baby and then interpret them so that you can prove your case.
At our firm, we understand how devastating it can be for people whose babies are injured because of contracting preventable infections. Our attorneys fight for our clients' recovery rights by filing medical malpractice lawsuits in order to obtain fair settlements or verdicts. We often seek the help of medical experts who render opinions about the standard of care that the doctors should have employed and how they failed in their duties. This helps us to maximize the amounts that we might recover for our clients. If you have questions about group B strep infections and malpractice, you may want to read our page about medical negligence and infections in babies.