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Pregnancy-Related Injuries Archives

Common pregnancy complications in the U.S.

Recent reports have unearthed some serious concerns about maternal mortality in the United States. A six-month long investigation conducted by NPR and Pro Publica discovered the U.S. has the worst record for maternal mortality compared to any other developed country in the world.

Who is liable when both the obstetrician and radiologist err?

Liability in a medical malpractice case is not always clear. There are situations when multiple parties are responsible for an error and others where although a number of medical professionals were involved only one bears the responsibility of the diagnosis and treatment.

Financial damages high when misdiagnosis leads to wrongful birth

Many people in Arizona put a great deal of thought into the decision to have a baby, and medical information sometimes plays an important role in this decision. The term "wrongful birth" describes a birth that parents would not have wanted if they had received accurate medical information. Legal liability to pay for long-term care related to birth defects could emerge if a physician fails to fulfill the duty to educate parents about a pregnancy's risks and complications.

C-section complications and changing gloves

Arizona expectant women might be less likely to suffer complications from a Cesarean section if medical personnel change gloves before closing the abdominal wall. A study that was presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists found that 6 percent of patients suffered a composite wound complication when clinicians changed gloves versus 13 percent when gloves were not changed.

Birth injuries when babies are too big for vaginal deliveries

Some Arizona women have pelvic bones that are too small for having vaginal births. This condition, which is called cephalopelvic disproportion, may happen because the women have naturally small pelvises, have pelvises that have been made smaller from previous fractures or because they are having large babies.

Failures to diagnose or treat group B strep infections

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.

Pregnancy may trigger Graves' disease in some women

Women in Arizona and across the nation are at a much higher risk for developing Graves' disease than men. The autoimmune disease affects women at 10 times the rate that it affects men, and pregnancy is believed to be a possible trigger for the disease. Around 30 percent of women who get Graves' disease during young adulthood were pregnant at some point in the preceding 12 months before diagnosis.

When your child has been injured during childbirth

When a parent's child is injured during childbirth, the child may be left with lifelong disabilities. In the event that your child suffered a birth injury in Arizona due to the negligence of the medical staff, you may want to consider filing a medical malpractice civil lawsuit on your child's behalf.

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