Expectant mothers who take all precautions and regularly visit medical
professionals throughout their pregnancy have every reason to believe
they will be treated and cared for according to accepted medical standards.
When doctors, nurses, or other health care providers fail to provide a
reasonable standard of care, commit acts of negligence, or fail to properly
diagnose conditions, both mothers and babies face increased risks of suffering
harm. This is especially true of gestational diabetes, which can lead
to more difficult pregnancies and complications during delivery that can
injure newborns and mothers.
Gestational diabetes, or GDM, is a condition that prevents pregnant mothers
from metabolizing sugar as they normally would. Without proper diagnosis,
treatment, and monitoring, gestational diabetes can lead to the birth
of a larger child, a condition known as macrosomia. Macrosomia can create
difficulties during labor and delivery, and can also result in birth injuries
to the baby, including brachial plexus injuries or shoulder dystocia,
which often occurs when a baby become stuck in the birthing canal. It
may also lead to premature birth, hypoglycemia, and brain injuries.
When a mother is diagnosed with gestational diabetes, medical care providers
will more closely monitor mothers during pregnancy. It is the legal duty
of medical professionals to properly evaluate, test, and correctly diagnose
patients in according to the accepted standards of their fields. This
means that problems with diagnosing the condition, or failures to diagnose
it at all, can result in injuries that could have otherwise been prevented.
In the case of gestational diabetes diagnosis errors, the following can occur:
Misdiagnosis – A misdiagnosis of gestational diabetes may mean that a mother
is treated for a condition they do not really have, which can pose risks
to both mother and child. It also means that they do not receive the proper
treatment and education regarding their true condition.
Failure to diagnose – As with a misdiagnosis, a failure to diagnose gestational diabetes
means that a mother will not have the opportunity to make certain decisions
that could improve the health of herself and her child, such as a change
in diet. It also means that they will not be properly treated and monitored
during their pregnancy, which increases risks of hypoglycemia and macrosomia
that can cause injuries during birth.
Medical malpractice laws can ensure that mothers who did not receive proper
care and were incorrectly diagnosed or not diagnosed for gestational diabetes
have the legal right to hold doctors and other responsible medical care
providers responsible for their damages. Medical malpractice can be a
complex area of law and the elements involved in these claims can be difficult
to address. These include the need to establish proof that a doctor should
have tested and / or known that mother had gestational diabetes during
pregnancy, or that a doctor should have been aware of risk factors and
warning signs that a mother had the disorder, but failed to recognize them.
Although birth injury and medical malpractice claims are difficult, they
can be effectively handled by attorneys who possess the experience, resources,
and professional connections with medical experts required in these cases.
At Jordan Law, our Denver personal injury lawyers have recovered millions
of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients. We are available
to discuss your situation, any injuries you or your child may have suffered
during pregnancy or birth, and how we may be able to help you fight for
the compensation you are rightfully owed.
To speak with a member of our legal team, contact us today.