Obstetrician gynecologists (OBGYNs) specialize in medical care of the female reproductive organs and in promoting healthy pregnancy and delivery. OBGYNs are responsible for administering safe birth control, detecting diseases of the female organs and protecting women’s health during pregnancy and childbirth.
For 40 years, Searcy Denney has advocated for women and children to receive the medical care they deserve. Our medical malpractice attorneys hold obstetricians liable for mistakes that put you or your baby’s health at risk. Our Florida birth defects lawyers pursue compensation for your injuries, such as disability, infertility, sexual dysfunction, pain and incontinence, caused by your OBGYN’s negligence.
Obstetric Mistakes that Injure a Mother During Pregnancy and Labor
Pregnancy and labor are traumatic on a woman’s body. However, with quality medical care, long-term damage is rare. An experienced obstetrician provides good prenatal care, assesses risks factors, monitors the woman’s health throughout pregnancy and takes steps to minimize trauma during labor.
Negligent obstetric care may result in these injuries to the mother:
- Untreated gestational diabetes. A woman who has never had diabetes may develop gestational diabetes during pregnancy. If properly monitored, the mother should otherwise experience a normal pregnancy. Untreated gestational diabetes, however, may lead to high blood pressure or preeclampsia.
- Untreated preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is a serious condition that, if left untreated, can result in stroke, seizure, heart failure, blindness, liver problems and post-delivery hemorrhaging. An experienced obstetrician often recommends bed rest and medications or may induce labor of a late-term baby.
- Uterine prolapse. Uterine prolapse may occur if the muscles and ligaments of the pelvic floor become overstretched and weakened during a difficult delivery. The condition may ultimately lead to discomfort, pain, infected ulcers, infertility, sexual dysfunction, difficulty urinating and rectum prolapse. To prevent this debilitating condition, an obstetrician may recommend C-section for mothers who are older, have a history of difficult delivery or are carrying a larger than normal fetus.
- Nerve damage. Obstetric negligence can result in nerve damage to a new mother. A misplaced epidural can result in lumbosacral plexus injury and prolonged vaginal delivery may result in femoral nerve dysfunction, both of which affect her legs. Women with postpartum nerve damage often require use of a walker or a wheelchair for several weeks or months after delivery and may never fully recover leg sensation, strength and functionality.
Hold Your Obstetrician Accountable for Errors that Injured You
You relied upon your obstetrician to keep you healthy. You may have a right to compensation for unnecessary mistakes the OBGYN made in your care. Schedule a free case evaluation with Searcy Denney to understand your rights and options. Our medical malpractice lawyers accept claims on contingency so you are not responsible for lawyers’ fees or costs until we have succeeded in reaching a settlement or securing a favorable verdict.