Experienced Advocacy by Columbia Obstetrical Malpractice Lawyers
Holding South Carolina doctors and other medical providers liable for harm
Pregnancy and the birth process are comprised of many joys and concerns. Both the mother and fetus need proper obstetric care for their health. Unfortunately, many medical providers fail to deliver the right level of care. The most dangerous time is the actual labor process, but doctors, midwives, nurses, and hospitals need to monitor the mother and newborn during the nine-month term before the delivery and after the delivery as well.
At McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, our Columbia obstetrical malpractice lawyers understand the full range of medical concerns doctors and healthcare providers must address. We help mothers and children throughout South Carolina who have been harmed by medical malpractice get justice. We demand payment for short- and long-term medical care, pain and suffering, and lost income.
Types of OB malpractice cases we handle
Medical mistakes happen all too often, even though most medical problems are well known. Our Columbia OB malpractice lawyers handle all types of pregnancy malpractice cases, including:
- Medical treatment delay. OB/GYNs, nurses, and others involved in the birth process should anticipate many different types of problems that can arise. They should be prepared to act in a timely manner because delay can mean the difference between a short-term fix and long-term permanent healthcare problems, or even death. Physicians should be ready to perform a C-section if needed.
- Medication mistakes. Doctors must prescribe the right medicine in the correct dosages for the specific problem that the mother or infant is having. They should take a full history of the other drugs the mother is taking, such as Pitocin, to avoid allergic reactions and dangerous interactions.
- Testing errors. Doctors order many tests during the pregnancy term, including blood tests and ultrasounds. Physicians need to order the proper tests for the mother’s condition and read the test results correctly. They must also prescribe the right treatment if the tests are abnormal.
- Failure to monitor the baby and mother during the delivery. Mother and child need to be monitored during the mother’s labor. Proper monitoring includes using a fetal monitoring strip and proper monitoring of oxygen levels. Both the mother and newborn should be monitored after the delivery until they are allowed to go home.
- Placental abruption. A failure to diagnose or treat placental abruption can cause severe harm to a mother or child. In a placental abruption, the mother’s placenta, which provides nutrition to the fetus, pulls away from her uterus. A placental abruption can mean blood loss, oxygen loss, or loss of valuable nutrients.
- Placenta previa. The placenta covers the cervix during the start of the pregnancy. As the pregnancy proceeds to delivery, the placenta should move away from the bottom of the cervix. OB/GYNs should anticipate that the placenta may not move properly and take proper precautions. Failure to act can cause bleeding and severe health problems for both mother and child.
- Gestational diabetes. Mothers do not need to have diabetes before conception to develop diabetes problems during their pregnancy. Women who develop diabetes during a pregnancy can also develop preeclampsia, a serious pregnancy complication. They can also develop Type 2 diabetes and have difficulty in later pregnancies. Newborns who try to get rid of any excess sugar may develop brachial plexus, breathing problems, or other disorders.
- Failure to diagnose and treat preeclampsia. Many mothers suffer preeclampsia during the delivery process. Complications from this disorder can include oxygen loss, placenta abruption, seizures, HELLP, and other health problems.
- Midwife negligence. Some mothers prefer to have a midwife deliver their child because it is a more natural process. Midwives should be properly trained, and they need to understand when mothers have high risks and when mothers should be sent to the emergency room or have the delivery in a hospital.
Whatever type of harm a mother or child suffers our Columbia, SC obstetrical malpractice lawyers are ready to help injured families fight for justice by holding wrongdoers accountable.
Make the call to an experienced Columbia birth malpractice lawyer now
Personal injury cases involving obstetrical mistakes or malpractice require attorneys with years of experience. Our Columbia OB malpractice attorneys guide mothers, fathers, and families through the litigation process and fight for every dollar of compensation the law allows. For help, please call McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, at 803-327-7800 or complete our contact form to schedule a free case evaluation. From our Columbia office, we see clients throughout South Carolina.