Massachusetts OBGYN Malpractice Lawyers
Obstetricians and gynecologists are tasked with helping women maintain their reproductive health. These medical professionals also help ensure the health and safety of unborn children. While OBGYNs are often able to provide outstanding care, there are situations in which an OBGYN falls below the acceptable standard of care and commits medical malpractice.
What Constitutes OBGYN Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice involves any direct action that harms a patient. While some malpractice can arise from lack of action like delayed diagnosis or failure to diagnose, errors can also arise from miscommunication between physicians and technicians. Some of the most common types of OBGYN medical malpractice include:
- Failure to diagnose a serious condition like cervical cancer
- Failure to have emergency procedures during childbirth
- Failure to provide a pap smear
- Failure to screen for serious medical conditions
- Failure to test for fetal diseases like cerebral palsy or Down’s syndrome
- Misinterpreting diagnostic test results
- Over or under prescribing medication
- Surgical errors during causing abdominal injury during a C-section, hysterectomy, or tubal ligation
Some of the most common forms of medical malpractice among OBGYNs are failure to properly diagnose a condition, failure to treat a condition, performing a procedure without first obtaining consent, poorly documenting matters, and committing medication errors.
What Must be Established to Win an OBGYN Malpractice Case
A mother and a newborn infant may both have a malpractice claim against an OBGYN. Medical malpractice cases require a patient to establish several important elements to show that the damages that occurred constitute medical malpractice. To obtain a favorable result in an OBGYN negligence case, a person must prove that:
- A physician failed to meet the accepted standard of care. OBGYNs are held to a higher standard of care than general practitioners because this area of medicine is highly specialized and requires unique training.
- The failure to meet the accepted standard of care directly resulted in a patient being harmed.
- There are a specific amount of damages that a patient incurred due to failure to meet this specific standard. This means that a malpractice victim must use evidence admissible to a court of law to show the value of the damages caused.
OBGYN Malpractice Attorneys are Waiting to Help With Your Case
Many medical malpractice cases are settled out of court rather than as the result of a court settlement. If you or a loved one has been harmed by medical malpractice committed by an OBGYN, it is important to remember that you have the right to obtain compensation. At The Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan, we have significant experience helping patients navigate the obstacles that arise in these cases to obtain the compensation they deserve. During an initial free consultation with attorney Noonan, we will outline your various available options to obtain the compensation you deserve. Contact our firm today for assistance.
We offer a free, no-obligation legal consultation to help you understand your rights and the value of your case.
Our medical malpractice lawyers assist clients throughout all of Massachusetts including, but not limited to, those in the following counties, cities and towns: Plymouth County, Brockton, Plymouth, Bridgewater, Marshfield, Hingham, Duxbury, Wareham, Abington, Rockland, Whitman, Hanson, Holbrook, Middleborough; Norfolk County including Quincy, Stoughton, Dedham, Weymouth, Braintree, Avon, Holbrook, Randolph, Canton, Sharon, Brookline, Franklin; Bristol County including New Bedford, Fall River, Taunton, Attleboro, Westport, Dartmouth, Mansfield, Easton, Raynham, Lakeville, Norton; Cape Cod, Hyannis, Falmouth, Barnstable and the Greater Boston area including Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, Everett, Lawrence, Lynn, Revere, Dorchester, Roxbury.