Obstetrical (OB) Malpractice
There are approximately 40,000 obstetricians in the United States. After medical school, each must complete a 4 year residency in obstetrics to study perinatology, reproductive endocrinology, urogynecology, gynecologic oncology, and primary and preventative health. Typically, doctors in this field obtain concurrent gynecological and obstetrical training and, after the training period, are known as OBGYNs. According to a recent report prepared by the American Medical Group Association, the median salary for an obstetrician is just over $301,000.00 per year.
Most women treat with an OBGYN long before they are pregnant for routine care including breast exams, pelvic exams and Pap tests, and/or for prenatal nutrition (e.g., folate/folic acid, calcium, iron and Vitamin D supplementation). During pregnancy, obstetricians are called upon by patients to perform a variety of additional services, such as ordering ultrasounds, estimating fetal weight, examining the cervix and monitoring for fetal distress which may be marked by prolonged decelerations. Where an obstetrician fails to order the appropriate tests (such as lab work for gestational diabetes or culturing for group B streptococcus), or fails to otherwise perform his or her job correctly (such as using forceps improperly or waiting too long to perform a cesarean section), he or she may be liable for medical malpractice. When OBGYNs make mistakes, the potential for birth injuries and harm to the is great, e.g.:
- uterine rupture;
- placental abruption;
- shoulder dystocia;
- hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy;
- cerebral palsy;
- Erb's palsy;
- periventricular leukomalacia (PVL); and
- persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN).
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