Failure to Diagnose Ectopic Pregnancy
The medical malpractice lawyers at the Jesse Minc Law Group represent people who have been injured by a wide variety of health care errors, including a failure to diagnose an ectopic pregnancy. Pregnant women consult doctors during their pregnancies in order to ensure their own health and that of their child. When a medical professional makes a mistake, it can have lasting consequences for mother, child and their family if medical malpractice causes a catastrophic injury. Our Bronx misdiagnosis lawyers work vigilantly to ensure that the people whom we represent get the full compensation available under the law and that health care providers responsible for malpractice are made accountable for their negligent actions.
An ectopic pregnancy happens when an egg is fertilized (creating an embryo, which in a normal pregnancy will ultimately grow into a fetus and be born as a baby), and implants itself in the wall of the pregnant woman’s fallopian tube (the tube connecting the ovaries to the uterus), rather than in the uterus itself as is supposed to occur. They are also colloquially referred to as “tube pregnancies” because the embryo gets stuck in the fallopian tube and begins to develop there, rather than within the uterus as is normal and healthy.
Although they are not exceptionally uncommon, ectopic pregnancies pose severe risks to the mother (unfortunately, in an ectopic pregnancy, there is almost no possible way to save the baby) and require immediate emergency treatment, which may include medication therapy (methotrexate) or laparoscopic surgery to remove the embryo from the fallopian tube. Among the most serious risks of a delay in diagnosis of an ectopic pregnancy is that the patient (the pregnant woman) will become totally sterile and unable to have children due to the damage done by the ectopic pregnancy and subsequent surgery required to remove the ectopic pregnancy and save her life. The quicker the diagnosis of an ectopic pregnancy is made, the better the chance of saving the mother’s fertility.
The fertilized egg must be removed or absorbed into the body in order to avoid serious potential medical complications, including fallopian tube rupture, which may result in the need for open-abdominal surgery (exploratory laparotomy) or which may even result in death in some cases if the condition is not properly and timely diagnosed and treated. The earlier that a doctor diagnoses an ectopic pregnancy, the more likely it is that the condition can be effectively treated in a minimally invasive manner, and the sooner (and more likely) that the mother will have a chance to become pregnant again.Legal Remedies for Women Affected by an Untimely Diagnosis of an Ectopic Pregnancy
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a doctor’s failure to diagnose an ectopic pregnancy, you have the right to seek compensation from those responsible in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Although no amount of money can truly compensate you for the impact, legal remedies are intended to ease the financial strain that comes with being a victim of medical malpractice. These include money damages for current and future medical bills, missed income, and pain, suffering, and emotional distress. In tragic cases in which a person dies as a result of an ectopic pregnancy that was recognized too late, her loved ones have the right to seek similar compensation for wrongful death.
The primary question in birth injury and other medical malpractice cases is whether a reasonable doctor or health care professional in similar circumstances would have acted differently. In other words, would a doctor of similar training and experience have been expected to properly and timely diagnose the ectopic pregnancy? That largely depends on the specific situation, including the symptoms that the patient exhibited at the time.
To prove medical malpractice, your Bronx attorney will need to establish that the person who failed to properly diagnose you did not meet the “reasonable doctor” standard, meaning that the defendant doctor departed from the applicable standard of care in rendering treatment, and that this departure proximately caused your injuries. That always means sifting through academic and training materials and bringing in expert medical witnesses to establish the standard of care expected in the specific situation. In medical malpractice lawsuits, the strength of a case is usually equal to the strength of the expert opinions behind them. Your lawyer also needs to show how the failure to diagnose directly caused you to be injured, such as by worsening the effects of the ectopic pregnancy. A seasoned personal injury lawyer will have access to a network of expert physicians to provide the necessary opinions regarding departures from the standard of care, proximate cause and damages; and can gather all of the necessary evidence and present it to a judge and jury in a persuasive light.Discuss Your Claim with a Medical Malpractice Lawyer in the Bronx
At the Jesse Minc Law Group, we have a strong record of success for the people whom we represent in medical malpractice and other personal injury cases. That includes a better than 95 percent win rate at trial and the negotiating table. We carefully limit the cases that we accept in order to ensure the personalized attention to each and every case that a victim deserves. Clients have direct access to our lawyers. You do not need to go through a maze of assistants and paralegals to talk to your attorney, unlike at some other firms. We represent people affected by a failure to diagnose an ectopic pregnancy or another medical condition, such as appendicitis or a heart attack, throughout New York City, including in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens, as well as in Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties. We do not charge a fee in most cases unless we are successful. Call us at (718) 354-8000 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. Se habla espanol.