Women in Maryland who are pregnant may be excited to welcome the new addition to their family. However, they may also recognize that complications can arise during their pregnancy and labor, and they may simply wish for a smooth birth process and a healthy baby. Unfortunately, medical professionals — including obstetricians and gynecologists sometimes do not uphold the standard of care they are legally required to provide — causing birth injuries. The following are four common mistakes OB/GYNs may make that can harm patients.
1. Poor communication
It is important that pregnant women develop a strong relationship with their OB/GYN. Communication is key, and if a woman has a poor relationship with her OB/GYN, she may be reluctant to report problems. Alternatively, if an OB/GYN does not disclose key medical issues to the expectant mother, this can lead to harm to the mother and fetus.
2. Missed diagnosis
One of the most common reasons a woman may sue her OB/GYN is due to a missed diagnosis. For example, infections during pregnancy can cause complications and birth injuries. The failure to run necessary tests can also lead to a missed diagnosis and subsequent injuries.
3. Making guarantees
OB/GYNs may exaggerate their qualifications and expertise in order to reassure patients that they are in good hands. However, if an OB/GYN tells a patient that nothing will go wrong, it could lead to the cover-up of medical mistakes. This could seriously harm a pregnant mother or the fetus.
4. Failing to obtain the patient’s medical history
When a woman is pregnant, it is important that her OB/GYN obtains a thorough medical history. This includes any medical conditions that could lead to complications, any medications the patient is taking and other physicians the patient is seeing of other medical issues. If an OB/GYN fails to obtain this information, it could lead to mistakes that harm the mother or the fetus.
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It is important that OB/GYNs uphold their duty of care towards expectant mothers. Unfortunately, this does not always happen, and mothers or their child could suffer serious injuries due to negligent care. This post is for informational purposes only and does not contain legal advice. Those who want to learn more about medical negligence are encouraged to visit our firm’s website to learn more about their rights and options.