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Like all types of medical practice, doctors who practice obstetrics and gynecology (OB-GYN) medicine are capable of making mistakes that can have devastating, long-term effects on their patients. In a recent survey, 70 percent of OB-GYN specialists reported being sued for malpractice at least once, and 50 percent had been sued more than once. Gynecological malpractice lawyers can identify and recover damages for OB-GYN malpractice. The process can be challenging but is worth the effort when medical errors harm your infant or reduce or eliminate your reproductive capacities.
Because OB-GYN doctors treat the entire female reproductive tract, errors can happen at any time, not just during pregnancy or birth. However, the injuries caused during pregnancy and birth make up a significant proportion of OB-GYN malpractice claims. According to legal statistics, the most common OB-GYN mistakes made include:
Unfortunately, the number of OB-GYN errors coupled with an increasingly litigious society drive many practicing OB-GYN’s to change their practice habits to avoid the risk of being sued. In one survey, one in five obstetricians did not inform their patients of their history of malpractice claims, and one in ten had told their patients outright lies about that past. The pressure exerted by the threat of litigation has caused many doctors to stop delivering babies, which has reduced the number of OB-GYN’s available to perform that vital service.
In our next post, we will discuss further when and why you should consider filing an OB-GYN negligence lawsuit.