Written by attorney Mitchell Scott Sexner

Medical Malpractice in Gynecology

Each year, thousands of women are injured through gynecological and obstetric negligence. Whether dealing with contraception, fertility, sterilization, surgery or birth, an OB/GYN doctor is responsible for the well-being of the patient. If errors do occur, the effects can be wide-reaching and involve hemorrhaging, infertility, miscarriage, infection or even death. Although women of any age may suffer the physical consequences of family planning and childbirth malpractice, loved ones often suffer as well.

Obstetric and gynecological malpractice may include:

  • Delay in diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy
  • Failure of sterilization resulting in abortion or unplanned pregnancy
  • Side effects of contraceptive devices or hormones
  • Failure to diagnose gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia or other conditions
  • Failure to diagnose birth defects
  • Misdiagnosis of infertility or negligent advice
  • Failure to diagnose breast, cervical or other cancers
  • Perforation of uterus
  • Failure to diagnose fetal distress, resulting stillbirth, abortion or birth defects
  • Unnecessary C-section or hysterectomy
  • Surgical errors during hysterectomy
  • Errors in screening or analysis of mammograms or pap smears

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