Our medical malpractice attorneys represent women harmed in ectopic pregnancy misdiagnosis cases. The injuries caused by this medical negligence can be catastrophic for a woman and can impact her ability to have children in the future. Victims of this type of malpractice do have legal rights and should contact our experienced lawyers today to investigate their case.
What is Ectopic Pregnancy?
An ectopic pregnancy is when a fertilized egg implants itself and grows outside of the uterus instead of inside the uterus. This type of pregnancy usually occurs in the fallopian tube, but in some cases occurs in the abdomen, ovary, or cervix. When this happens, the pregnancy often results in a miscarriage because it is rare for the fetus to survive outside of the uterus.
Common Risk Factors
There is a number of risk factors for an ectopic pregnancy. These include:
- Women with a previous ectopic pregnancy
- Fallopian tube operations in the past
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
- Use of Intrauterine devices (IUD), like Mirena and Paragard
- Unanticipated pregnancies, like women who had their fallopian tubes tied
- Assistance with fertility drugs
Medical Malpractice Claims for Ectopic Pregnancy
Doctors and nurses are trained to suspect a possible ectopic pregnancy for a woman who presents to the medical office, hospital, or urgent care clinic with specific symptoms, including:
- Pain in the abdomen, low back, pelvis, or stomach
- Cramping or tenderness on one side of the pelvis
- Pain during urination and bowel movements
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding
When a woman with positive pregnancy tests presents for an examination with these symptoms, it is essential that a proper medical workup be performed urgently for this condition. To make the diagnosis, it is necessary to conduct a pelvic exam, order blood work, and request an ultrasound if there is a reasonable suspicion of a problem pregnancy.
If a medical staff is negligent in not diagnosing the condition, or misdiagnosing it as another condition, substantial harm can result because it was not properly treated. Serious internal damage can occur, including permanent damage to the fallopian tube. This can prevent a woman from having children in the future. When this occurs, the woman can file a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Can I Sue for a Misdiagnosis of an Ectopic Pregnancy?
If your medical history and your description of the events show that a medical professional misdiagnosed your condition or failed to diagnose an ectopic pregnancy, you can file a lawsuit. To be successful in this type of lawsuit, it must be established through expert medical testimony that:
- You had the condition when you presented to the medical provider
- It could and should have been diagnosed
- And if diagnosed, it could have been treated without permanent harm resulting
Our top-rated medical malpractice law firm will get all of your medical records and ultrasound studies and carefully review them to see if you have a case. We will also discuss your case with nationally respected physicians to confirm that you were the victim of professional negligence.
If it is determined that you have a case, we will file a lawsuit for you. Lawsuits seek compensation for your pain and suffering, emotional distress, medical expenses, and lost wages.
If you can no longer bear children due to your injuries, your case will qualify for the higher damage cap limit. This means you can are eligible to receive the highest amount possible under Michigan law in a medical malpractice claim. We will work hard to win you the best settlement.
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