Philadelphia ObGyn Malpractice Lawyer
ObGyn Negligence Can Injure Mothers and Newborns
ObGyns are highly trained doctors in reproductive health, trusted by women to safely deliver their babies. But sometimes things go wrong due to ObGyn negligence. If you or your newborn was harmed during pregnancy or delivery, an ObGyn malpractice lawyer can help you understand your legal options. Not all medical errors lead to medical malpractice lawsuits. But when injuries were caused by a doctor’s careless or reckless actions you may have a legal claim against them.
Injuries can happen anytime during pregnancy and childbirth. Don’t suffer in silence if you or your child was harmed by the possibly negligent actions of an ObGyn. An ObGyn malpractice attorney from Wapner Newman will stand up for you against the medical establishment. Our Philadelphia law firm will carefully examine your case to see whether negligence was involved. If so, we will put powerful legal resources to work to help you seek compensation.
Call us today at (215) 569-0900 to arrange a free consultation with one of our skillful ObGyn medical malpractice lawyers.
What is Medical Malpractice?
According to documentation from the National Institutes of Health, medical malpractice caused by negligence is:
“Any act or omission by a physician during treatment of a patient that deviates from accepted norms of practice in the medical community and causes an injury to the patient.”
So when an ObGyn does not provide the same standard of medical care that another doctor under similar circumstances would have, and injuries result, it could lead to a medical malpractice lawsuit.
In order to be successful in a lawsuit, though, negligence must be proven, which can be very hard without the help of a skilled ObGyn malpractice lawyer.
I Want to Sue My ObGyn for Negligence. How Can a Lawyer Help Me?
There are several ways a malpractice lawyer can help you when you want to sue your ObGyn. Suing for medical malpractice can be complicated. In addition to filing the legal claim, a signed “Certificate of Merit” must also be filed. This certificate asserts that a medical professional reviewed the claim and believes the ObGyn’s actions probably fell outside of professional standards.
In many cases, to be successful you’ll also need the testimony of expert witnesses. These expert witnesses are other doctors who understand the medical procedures and complications of pregnancy and childbirth. But doctors stick together, and it can be difficult to find one who will testify against another medical practitioner.
As a seasoned law firm with in-depth experience handling medical malpractice cases, we will bring top resources to your case. We will also file all the paperwork for you and advise you through every step in the legal process. The process can include negotiating with the doctor’s insurance company. If the insurance company does not offer a fair settlement, we can counsel you about potentially taking your case to court. Additionally, we will examine whether the hospital or other parties may also be liable.
Don’t delay in getting the advice of our ObGyn malpractice attorney if you are considering a claim. Call Wapner Newman today at (215) 569-0900 to meet with an attorney.
What Compensation Can an ObGyn Malpractice Lawyer Help Me Get?
Depending on the circumstances involved, damages for injuries to children or parents could include:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Loss of lifetime earning capacity (for children)
- Lost wages and lost earning capacity (for parents)
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment in life.
Every case is different, however. Our law firm will carefully examine your case and advise you about appropriate damages. Reach out to us at (215) 569-0900 to arrange for a free consultation with an experienced ObGyn malpractice lawyer.
How ObGyn Malpractice Causes Injuries
Malpractice by an ObGyn can happen in various ways during pregnancy and childbirth. During pregnancy, a doctor may fail to diagnose disabilities such as Down syndrome or congenital heart defects. Failing to diagnose is one of the main reasons for medical malpractice lawsuits.
During childbirth, a doctor might not order a Cesarean section when it is needed, putting the health of both mother and baby at risk. Or they may not notice that the umbilical cord is wrapped around the baby’s neck. Or they may fail to control the mother’s excessive post-birth bleeding.
In other cases, negligence could be claimed if a woman who went through sterilization to avoid pregnancy gets pregnant.
These are just a few examples of things that can go wrong when ObGyns don’t provide quality medical care. If you believe you or your child was the victim of ObGyn negligence, call our experienced malpractice attorney today to schedule a free consultation. Our law firm can be reached at (215) 569-0900.
Types of Injuries Caused by ObGyn Negligence
Pregnancy and childbirth always have some risk. When tired and overworked doctors in our overstressed medical system are not careful, their actions can increase the risk of injury.
Injuries that can be caused by ObGyn negligence during pregnancy and childbirth include:
- Brain damage when the fetus is in distress and does not get enough oxygen.
- Brachial plexus injuries such as Erb’s palsy and Klumpke’s palsy, which damage nerves and disrupt movement. They can be caused by excessive force and pulling during delivery.
- Skull fractures, brain hemorrhages and brain swelling from improper forceps use during delivery.
- Fractures from pulling with too much force, especially during breech birth.
- Spinal cord injuries from pulling and tool use during birth.
- Vacuum extraction injuries such as facial paralysis, which is caused by too much pressure on the face, leading to nerve damage.
Get Help from a Knowledgeable ObGyn Malpractice Attorney in Pennsylvania
Childbirth is supposed to be a happy time. But when something goes wrong during pregnancy or delivery, happiness can quickly turn to sorrow. The compassionate attorneys at Wapner Newman in Philadelphia want to help you get compensation for the injuries you or your child has suffered. Don’t hesitate to call us at (215) 569-0900. We offer free consultations, and you don’t pay us unless we win your case. Our attorneys are here for you when you or your newborn has been negligently harmed.