Prenatal care is an important aspect of pregnancy and childbirth. This type of care allows nurses and doctors to check the developing baby’s vital signs, including heart rate, blood pressure, and size. It also allows medical practitioners to discover if something is wrong in the baby’s development. If an abnormality is discovered, doctors can then take the necessary steps to address the issue and ensure that both the unborn child and the mother receive the medical treatment they need.
Negligent prenatal care occurs when medical professionals and/or facilities fail to provide a reasonable standard of care to expectant mothers and their unborn children. This can lead to failure to diagnose problems with the baby and other complications that can have serious, long-lasting effects. At Abramson, Brown & Dugan, we work to hold negligent medical providers accountable. Our award-winning team comprises experienced New Hampshire birth injury attorneys, registered nurses, and other healthcare experts. We have an extensive knowledge of this area of law and are prepared to aggressively advocate for you and your family.
Call the firm at (603) 323-4622 or contact us online to schedule a free case evaluation. We provide our legal services on a contingency fee basis, meaning you don’t owe attorneys’ fees unless we win your case.
Examples of Negligent Prenatal Care
If your child was born with physical or mental disabilities or you suffered some type of injury during your pregnancy or delivery, it can be difficult to pinpoint the cause. It’s possible that you or your child are the victim of negligent prenatal care if the injuries could have and should have been prevented or addressed at some point during the pregnancy.
Examples of negligent prenatal care include instances when a nurse, doctor, or medical facility:
- Fails to run tests to diagnose certain conditions in the mother or baby
- Fails to address abnormalities in the pregnancy/fetus
- Prescribes harmful drugs to the mother during pregnancy, including SSRIs
- Does not properly manage an infection or disease in the mother
- Does not provide adequate training for prenatal care nurses/doctors
- Fails to diagnose an ectopic pregnancy or other condition
These are just a few examples of how prenatal care can be negligent. If you believe your injuries or your child’s injuries were caused by negligent prenatal care, contact our firm for a free consultation.
What Happens when Prenatal Care Is Negligent?
There are many consequences that can arise as a result of negligent prenatal care. If a doctor fails to perform tests used to diagnose issues such as preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, hypoglycemia, or high levels of bilirubin (jaundice), the child can suffer brain damage. Failure to diagnose a birth defect, particularly an extremely painful and life-threatening defect, can take away the parents’ rights to make crucial decisions about the pregnancy. This can threaten the mother’s life, the child’s life, and may cause complications if a C-section is not performed at the time of delivery. If a doctor fails to diagnose an ectopic pregnancy, the life of the mother may be at risk.
Providing Compassionate Legal Representation
In nearly every case of negligent prenatal care, families are left to deal with not only the physical ramifications but the emotional consequences of that negligence as well. At Abramson, Brown & Dugan, we strive to hold liable parties accountable when their negligence causes undue harm and distress. We can help you seek the maximum recovery you are owed for the cost of medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. We can also help you pursue punitive damages in cases where prenatal negligence was particularly egregious.
At our firm, we truly care about you and the future of your family. We understand how overwhelming it is to learn that your child has suffered preventable injuries. That is why we are committed to helping you fight for the justice and recovery you deserve.
Discuss your unique situation with a member of our team today. Call (603) 323-4622 to request a complimentary case evaluation with one of our New Hampshire negligent prenatal care attorneys.