Frequently Asked Questions
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What are other types of malpractice that an OB/GYN can be accused of?
An OB/GYN not only cares for women during their pregnancy, but they also provide preventive medical care for the reproductive system, particularly for the prevention of reproductive cancers. Some of the more common cancers women may be tested for are breast, cervical, endometrial, ovarian, and uterine. If an OB/GYN fails to diagnose one of these cancers – or other gynecological issues – there can be great medical consequences, including infertility or death. These types of cases are responsible for one-third of OB/GYN malpractice cases.
What are some of the more common malpractice events that occur during pregnancy and/or delivery?
Although there are have been great improvements in pregnancy and delivery methods, there are still too many malpractice incidents that occur. Some of the more common include:
- Brain or organ damage due to asphyxiation (oxygen deprivation)
- Failure to diagnose
- Failure to identify a genetic or physical defect in the infant
- Failure to identify umbilical cord complications
- Failure to recognize an ectopic pregnancy
- Improper use of forceps
- Unsuccessful Cesarean section
What is OB/GYN medical malpractice?
When a medical professional or facility causes harm to a patient due to negligence, it is legally considered medical malpractice. According to national statistics, approximately 85 percent of all OB/GYN specialists have been sued for medical malpractice. One-third of these lawsuits are due to an injury during treatment, including:
- Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis
- Misreading results
- Unnecessary surgery
- Surgical error
- Improper follow-up