For a successful pregnancy, it requires the dedicated care of the OB/GYN to keep both mother and newborn safe from harm. Unfortunately, medical professionals can make mistakes that result in terrible injuries. There is an even higher risk of injury when ectopic pregnancies are misdiagnosed.
Our birth injury attorneys have seen firsthand how this tragedy negatively affects the lives of families.
In traditional pregnancies, a fertilized egg attaches itself to the uterus cavity where it can safely be carried to term. An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg is implanted outside the uterus. Sometimes the egg becomes stuck in the fallopian tube on its way from the ovaries to the uterus. This can be caused by a damaged fallopian tube, or from abnormalities in the egg itself. Ectopic pregnancies can also occur in the ovary, cervix, or abdominal cavity.
The symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy begin the same way as a traditional pregnancy. Women experience nausea, breast tenderness, and a missed period. However, there are further symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy that an OB/GYN should be able to recognize. The mother may experience extreme pain in the shoulder, pelvic, and abdominal areas. She may also suffer from heavy internal abdominal bleeding, and a ruptured fallopian tube. This may result in anemia, lightheadedness, and fainting.
A fertilized egg outside of the uterus cannot survive. If an ectopic pregnancy is not diagnosed or treated, then it can result in uterus and/or fallopian tube infection, or the loss of an ovary. This can destroy a woman’s ability to have children in the future, and greatly affect her fertility. The significant loss of blood may also lead to death.
A diligent medical professional will recognize an ectopic pregnancy, and remove the ectopic tissue by stopping cell growth. However, when an OB/GYN is negligent and causes a life-threatening injury, then you need an experienced birth injury attorney on your side. Prochaska, Howell & Prochaska LLC has years of experience helping families recover from medical malpractice. Please call our birth injury attorneys for a consultation today so we can review your case!