Posted on 03/22/2022

What is inadequate prenatal care?

What is inadequate prenatal care?

Prenatal care covers a wide range of treatment, such as ordering blood work, monitoring the mother’s health and overall providing adequate treatment to ensure a healthy delivery.

It’s critical during pregnancy. 

If you or your baby sustained an injury due to lack or preparation or negligence in your prenatal care, look into filing a lawsuit against your medical provider, or the providing hospital.

Today, we review what prenatal care consists of and the consequences of inadequate prenatal care. We’re also going to discuss the different types of negligence in prenatal care and examples of other prenatal negligence lawsuits. 

Read to the end to find out how to receive a consultation with an experienced and trusted medical malpractice attorney at no-cost.

You deserve compensation for your injuries, don’t wait any longer.

What is prenatal care?

When a woman becomes pregnant, she has the option of seeing an obstetrician who would provide thorough care for the mother and baby over the duration of the pregnancy.

Prenatal care would include, but is not limited to, ordering blood work, scheduling routing obstetrician office visits, ordering and thoroughly interpreting ultrasounds.

It would also include thoroughly observing and treating the mother and baby’s health to make sure the fetus is receiving the proper nutrients needed to continue to develop and grow.

This would include maintaining and developing a prenatal plan in the event the mother has any health complications that could affect the baby or the delivery.

An example of this would be if the mother has hypertension, then the obstetrician should treat and manage the high blood pressure with medication in an effort to limit the chances of a complicated, or traumatic labor which could lead to serious birth injuries.

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What are the consequences of not receiving prenatal care?

If your medical provider or obstetrician did not provide the standard level of prenatal care, there is a strong likelihood that you may face a difficult labor, or that you or your baby may sustain a lifelong injury.

Doctors can detect early signs of health complications, disease, or any other condition that could endanger you or your newborn.

Your medical or provider should come up with a prenatal program to ensure a safe and healthy delivery. 

Some common medical conditions that could be managed with prenatal care include:

  • Ectopic Pregnancy
  • Gestational hypertension
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Sexually transmitted diseases and other infections
  • Premature labor
  • Preeclampsia

However, if medical conditions and disorders are left undiagnosed and untreated, then they leave room for other health complications to arise, which could lead to traumatic and lifelong birth injuries.

Some of the most common birth injuries that occur during labor include:

  • Oxygen deprivation 
  • Shoulder dystocia 
  • Fetal distress 
  • C-section 
  • Delayed emergency c-section 
  • Placenta abruption 
  • Sepsis or infection 

All of these birth injuries can be prevented by your obstetrician. Unfortunately, most birth injuries are due to negligence. 

If you or your loved one has suffered any of the following injuries or have another kind of injury which was caused from inadequate prenatal care and negligence — file a medical malpractice lawsuit against your obstetrician. 

What is prenatal negligence?

Prenatal negligence is when your medical provider, or obstetrician, fails to provide the expecting mother with a prenatal program, or fails to follow proper protocols and procedures during pregnancy that would ensure a safe delivery.

Some common examples of prenatal negligence include:

  • Not ordering ultrasounds
  • Incorrectly interpreting ultrasounds
  • Not ordering bloodwork
  • Incorrectly interpreting blood work
  • Not taking past medical history of both parents into account and missing treatments
  • Delaying a cesarean section
  • Misdiagnosing the mother or the infant
  • Incorrectly prescribing medication, or incorrectly prescribing the wrong dosage

If you or your baby has suffered an injury due to the negligence of your obstetrician, then contact a medical malpractice attorney immediately.

Most birth injuries incur serious damages over the course of one’s life.

By damages, I’m referring to the monetary and nonmonetary expenses needed to maintain a standard quality of life. Damages are the legal way of capturing the overall loss due to the injury.

Damages can include therapy, counseling, treatment, office visits and prescription costs. They can also include the emotional and physical pain endured from the injury.

Every case is unique and an experienced medical malpractice attorney will determine if you have a case, and provide you with expertise every step of the way. They’ll get you the best outcome you deserve.

Do I have a medical malpractice case? Grover Lewis Johnson can help

If you or your loved one suffered from a birth injury due to inadequate care and you believe your medical provider treated you with negligence, then you have a right to receive compensation for damages incurred.

To prove medical malpractice, your attorney must prove that you were under the direct care of the alleged medical provider, or obstetrician; that your obstetrician did not provide you with the standard level of care thus sustaining an injury to you or your loved one; and lastly, that you incurred damages to the injury.

Inadequate prenatal care can have detrimental effects which should be brought to justice.

Filing a medical malpractice lawsuit is a massive undertaking but with the right medical malpractice lawyer, and team, you can live the life you were once living again. 

Reach out to an attorney as soon as you’re comfortable with sharing your story. With any legal matter, time is a critical element. 

Most attorneys will charge a consultation fee, meaning just to review your case and determine if you have a medical malpractice lawsuit could cost you.

The attorneys at Grover Lewis Johnson offer free consultations and there’s no obligation to accept their legal services either.

They also understand that with any injury comes an emotional, physical and monetary cost, which is why they don’t charge any legal fees until they’ve won your case.

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