New Jersey OB-GYN Error Attorneys
Representing Victims of Obstetrician Malpractice in Bergen County and New Jersey
When asked what you would wish for your child as he or she enters the world, chances are “health” and “happiness” rank at the top of the list. In the same vein, the ability to care for your child in the weeks and months after his or her birth is of paramount importance, allowing you to develop the bond that will continue to flourish throughout your lives together. An obstetrician, or OB-GYN, plays an integral role in the achievement of these goals, providing the necessary care for you and your child during pregnancy and childbirth. Although every pregnancy carries the potential for unforeseen complications, it is the manner in which your obstetrician responds to these situations that often determines the overall health of you and your child. Recognizing potential threats both prior to and during your delivery is their responsibility, and if they fail to fulfill this duty, birth injuries and other catastrophic consequences may result.
If the medical negligence of an OB-GYN contributed to or aggravated the health conditions of you or your child, the law provides you with a mechanism through which to rectify these wrongs. At Fronzuto Law Group, our significant experience representing mothers and children who have suffered at the hands of negligent healthcare professionals allows us to construct and execute highly effective case strategies to achieve maximum compensation. We are unwavering in our commitment to providing for the current and future needs of you and your family, but also attuned to the fact that legal battles are not your number one priority while suffering from an injury or caring for a child with special health needs. As such, it is our goal to provide you with attentive and personalized service, support, and guidance while we aggressively pursue your interests in court. To discuss the circumstances of your case with a member of our specialized medical malpractice team, contact our offices anytime at 973-435-4551, reach us toll free at 888-409-0816, or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation.
Common Mistakes Made by Obstetricians & Gynecologists in New Jersey
Obstetric malpractice can be absolutely devastating to the patient. A woman’s health is often connected to the degree of care provided by her obstetrician/gynecologist. You depend on your OB-GYN to provide a high standard of care and ensure that you remain safe and sound by quickly identifying potential problems and making fast decisions to provide potentially life-saving treatment. This is especially true for pregnant women, most of whom rely on an OB-GYN to handle the delivery. However, despite the high degree of trust placed in these medical professionals, the unfortunate reality is that many women, and their children, still suffer significant injuries and illnesses due to errors committed by obstetricians, gynecologists, nurses, midwives, and hospital personnel. Worse yet, many of these injuries and illnesses would have been preventable if the OB-GYN had fulfilled their obligation to recognize the early warning signs of birth complications.
It is important for medical teams, hospital personnel, and hospital administrators to be in communication with one another during treatment of a patient. This involves accurate documentation of the patient’s medical history, allergies, and other important information that could factor into treatment. When obstetricians fail to take the patient’s history into account and do not properly monitor the mother or the baby, labor and delivery complications are more likely to arise and cause catastrophic injuries to both mother and child.
Some of the most common mistakes made in OB-GYN malpractice cases include:
- Failure to perform a timely C-section or performing one that was not needed
- Gynecological surgical errors
- Delayed treatment of fetal distress
- Vacuum extraction delivery errors
- Errors using forceps
- Uterine rupture
- Epidural abscess and spinal cord compression
- Failure to diagnose or treat preeclampsia
- Failure to diagnose or treat gestational diabetes
- Failure to diagnose ectopic pregnancy
- Failure to diagnose or treat maternal infection
- Failure to supervise patient after surgery or initial treatment
- Misreading of mammograms, sonograms, or pap smears
- Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosing cancer (ovarian, cervical, uterine, or breast cancer)
- Failure to test for HIV
- Failure to obtain informed consent prior to performing medical procedure
Injuries Caused by OB-GYN Negligence
Obstetricians and gynecologists play a crucial role not just in labor and delivery, but also in the treatment of the mother and child after birth. Since the impact of a medical error is not always immediately apparent, it is important for your OB-GYN to carefully monitor you in the months following childbirth. The unfortunate reality is that OB-GYN errors can have catastrophic consequences for the victim and may result in permanent injuries for both the mother and the child, including developmental delays, blindness, speech difficulties, and life-altering disability. In the worst cases, an OB-GYN mistake can lead to wrongful death. Some of the main types of injuries that can be caused by negligent obstetricians and gynecologists are as follows:
- Birth injuries
- Uterine rupture
- Vaginal tear
- Uterus or bowel perforation during dilation & curettage
- Psychological trauma
- Contraceptive side effects
- Sterility and loss of reproductive ability
- Incontinence (sphincter injuries)
- Infection and sepsis
- Wrongful death
We understand how devastating it can be for parents when their child’s well-being is placed in jeopardy at the hands of a trusted caregiver. When you enlist our firm, the full support and attention of our entire team is at your disposal and we will pursue all means necessary to achieve the resources necessary for you and your family.
Getting Compensation for OB-GYN Malpractice in NJ
You have every right to expect that your OB-GYN will handle your pregnancy, and the care and treatment of your child after birth, with a high degree competence and skill. Unfortunately, far too many obstetricians fail to recognize the early warning signs of danger for a baby, which can lead to delayed treatment and, ultimately, permanent injury and disability. In the worst cases, OB-GYN negligence can lead to medical errors that cause wrongful death of the child and/or the mother. Depending on the circumstances, both the mother and the child may have legal claims against the negligent OB-GYN and the hospital to recover compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages.
This type of medical malpractice can occur in the last months of pregnancy, during delivery, or in the weeks and months immediately following birth. Although it may be possible for patients to take precautions and seek a second opinion prior to undergoing a gynecological procedure or operation, it is not always possible to avoid injury by a negligent OB-GYN. If you or a loved one was the victim of OB-GYN malpractice, you deserve to have an experienced medical malpractice attorney on your side and investigating the hospital. We pride ourselves on going the extra mile for our clients in medical malpractice cases. We may utilize a highly qualified medical expert to examine the evidence in your case and to determine whether your OB-GYN was negligent. After formulating the most compelling case, we will aggressively pursue maximum damages.
Contact our New Jersey OB-GYN Malpractice Lawyers for Answers
As a mother or expectant mother, there is simply no room for error when your health and well-being is at stake. If you have suffered in any way because of an obstetrician’s error, you should seek the advice of a qualified medical malpractice lawyer who can help you understand your legal options. At Fronzuto Law Group, we have extensive experience representing clients in a broad range of complex OB-GYN malpractice cases in New Jersey. Contact our offices in Passaic County to schedule a free initial consultation with our OB-GYN error attorneys: 973-435-4551 or toll free at 888-409-0816.
Additional Information and Resources:
- Maternal Mortality: A Face Behind in the Numbers
- Fronzuto Law Group Recovers $1.9 Million in NJ Prenatal Care Negligence Case
- Aspirin Shown to Reduce Preterm Preeclampsia Risk in Pregnant Women
- OB/GYN Malpractice Statistics, Medscape Statistics
- Obstetrics & Gynecology, MayoClinic