I was pregnant with my son and I fully believe my doctor was negligent and didn't care about me or my son. Finally, I think I have proof that could be used in a lawsuit. My stillbirth was due to placental abruption. After my son was stillborn in September (33 weeks pregnant), towards the end of September I went to the ER and was given a contrast CT which showed multiple blood clots in BOTH of my lungs. I didn't have a way to prove the doctor didn't do his job until I reviewed 2 of my blood tests results last night.
In April, my WBC and Neutrophils were high...
Well in AUGUST, I went for my gestational diabetes test.. The blood test showed not only a high WBC and Neutrophils... But this time, my PLATELET COUNT WAS HIGH AND OUT OF RANGE! Nothing was ever mentioned to me, the doctor never ordered more testing or even made me aware of the fact a high platelet count increases the risk of a DANGEROUS PREGNANCY! Mind you, my son was stillborn less than 30 days after the blood test showing a high platelet count!!!
Is this negligence, is it possible to sue for malpractice due to neglect on part of my doctor?!
I am sorry for your loss. I would be interested in hearing more about this matter. Can you contact the office at 412 281 1055?
I am sorry for your loss. Both pregnancy and thrombocytosis (high platelet count) are risk factors for hyper coagulability (excessive clot formation). Thrombocytosis, while extremely rare in pregnancy (thrombocytopenia or low platelets is far more common) can substantially increase the risk of placental abruption, intrauterine growth retardation (IUGD) as well as fetal demise (death). If your thrombocytosis was ignored and it resulted in your pulmonary emboli (clots), your placental abruption, and the loss of your baby, then you may have a substantial medical malpractice claim. Gather your records and consult local counsel ASAP.
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I am very sorry for your loss. It is not possible to make a definitive determination from the information you present here. What I can say is this: When I speak to someone about a medical negligence case I can usually place the claim in one of three categories. 1. I may not think there is a claim. If that is what I think I encourage that person to see someone else since others may have different ideas and see the claim differently. 2. Clearly there is a claim--operate on the wrong leg--leave a sponge, etc. 3. The loss is significant and there are issues that need to be investigated. Even if that person has been turned down by others if the damages are significant and there appears to be some unresolved issues an investigation is in order. Malpractice is care and treatment that falls below the standard of care and causes injury. The standard of care is basically the level at which the average, prudent provider in a given community would practice. It is how similarly qualified practitioners would have managed the patient's care under the same or similar circumstances. Injury typically must be severe or permanent in order for the claim to be economically feasible to pursue even if there is malpractice. These cases are very expensive and risky to pursue. Unless it appears there would be a meaningful economic recovery to the patient the cases are cost prohibitive to pursue. In order to find out if you were the victim of negligence, you need to retain a lawyer willing to investigate the claim. The lawyer will gather your medical records and have them reviewed by a medical expert who will be asked to offer an opinion as to whether 1. the care and treatment you received fell below the applicable standard of care and 2. caused an injury. There is no claim to pursue unless and until such an opinion is secured.
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I am sorry. I cannot begin to imagine your grief and pain.
As others have stated, it is impossible for us to tell you whether you have a case here. What we can tell you is that it is certainly worth your time to speak to a medical malpractice lawyer in your area to determine if there is something here worth pursuing, as far as a lawsuit for negligence.
Doctors are required to properly monitor their patients, both mother and fetus, and if your doctor failed to do so, which lead to the loss of your baby, then you might well have a case.
I suggest you do a search here on Avvo, find someone who handles medical malpractice cases. Then look at that lawyer's website and make certain they have a history of handling child injury cases such as yours.
Nothing any of us say will reverse your loss. But I truly am very sorry to hear about what happened.
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