The truth is you probably won’t know right away. It’s not like an injury at work or a car accident when you know exactly when the injury happened. With medical mistakes, it’s sometimes hard to pinpoint the exact moment the mistake was made, making it critical to obtain a thorough review and investigation to identify the cause of the harm. For a baby or child this could mean investigating whether something could have happened during your pregnancy, at the time of birth or after. If a serious and permanent condition was caused because the hospital, doctors, nurses or other healthcare providers made bad choices that didn’t keep you or your child safe, that’s the definition of medical malpractice.
Here are some signs that can help you determine if your child’s condition or injury could have been prevented. Here are three events that should trigger alarm:
- Your pregnancy was high risk but the doctor didn’t do anything different or refer you to a specialist. If your doctor should have made this determination or should have referred you to a maternal fetal medicine specialist, it may have affected the treatment and management of the pregnancy.
- You were in labor and your ob didn’t come to the hospital, leaving you in the care of residents or interns. Complications with the delivery came up, requiring an emergency c-section to save your baby’s life and you were evaluated by the nurses or interns, not your doctor. Should the complications been detected earlier, before there was an emergency?
- The doctor didn’t follow up on a test or prescribe the right medication that may have extended your pregnancy. Sometimes an infection that should have been diagnosed and treated, leads to premature delivery with the baby having complications of prematurity that could have been avoided with proper care and follow up.
If any of these events happened to you, and caused harm to you or your child, you owe it to your family to get a thorough investigation of why this happened to you and to see if it could have been prevented.
It may be that there is an explanation for your child’s injury and that it could not have been prevented, but why wonder about it, think about it or worry about it for years when you can take action to get answers.
The only way to get answers is by investigating your specific situation. Call us today at (202) 393-3320. We can help you get those answers.