A misdiagnosis of chorioamnionitis can have negative health consequences on a pregnant mother as well as an unborn baby. In rare cases, complications due to chorioamnionitis can be fatal for the unborn child.
Chorioamnionitis is a serious condition in pregnant women. According to the Cleveland Clinic, bacteria can infect the amnion (the membranes surrounding the fetus) and amniotic fluid, which can lead to infections in the mother as well as the unborn baby.
If you or your baby suffered negative health consequences due to a misdiagnosis of chorioamnionitis, contact a Los Angeles chorioamnionitis misdiagnosis lawyer. You could have a medical malpractice case and potentially receive compensation. Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today for a free evaluation of your case: (800) 794-0444.
Complications with Chorioamnionitis
If a doctor diagnoses chorioamnionitis early, treatment with antibiotics can be successful. A doctor may also suggest an early delivery to increase the chances for a healthy baby and mother. However, if a doctor misses chorioamnionitis, complications can occur, including:
Bacteremia is a serious blood infection in the mother. Bacteremia can lead to other infections and occasionally cause sepsis, a serious infection that can be fatal.
Endometritis is an inflammation of the lining of the uterus. While endometritis is not a serious condition, if it remains untreated it can potentially cause fertility problems and other general health issues.
In the baby, chorioamnionitis can potentially lead to meningitis. Meningitis is a serious infection of the brain and spinal cord.
In about 5 to 10 percent of babies delivered to mothers with chorioamnionitis, the condition can lead to pneumonia in the newborn according to Healthline.
There can also be other complications when your medical provider misdiagnoses chorioamnionitis, or diagnoses the condition too late. For example, heavy blood loss at birth, blood clots, and the need for a cesarean delivery, among others. While some of the effects can pose a danger to the life of a newborn, if the condition is diagnosed and treated promptly with antibiotics, serious health effects and deaths are rare.
Diagnosis of Chorioamnionitis
Chorioamnionitis is typically diagnosed due to a mother’s symptoms. Some of the symptoms that can point to chorioamnionitis can be:
- A persistent or high fever
- Tachycardia (fast heartbeat) of the mother or unborn baby
- Uterine tenderness
- Foul-smelling amniotic fluid
- A bad odor in the vagina
If your doctor or nurse misdiagnosed chorioamnionitis or failed to diagnose the condition and you and your baby suffered severe negative health effects, consider contacting a Los Angeles chorioamnionitis misdiagnosis lawyer for help. You could potentially file a lawsuit and receive compensation for medical bills and other costs related to the misdiagnosis.
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Proving a Medical Malpractice Case
Chorioamnionitis is a serious condition that can have far-reaching consequences for a mother and child and in some rare cases be fatal. You could potentially recover compensation in a medical malpractice case if you can prove that:
- A doctor and patient relationship existed
- The doctor breached their professional duty of care
- The breach caused your and your baby’s injuries
- You have damages resulting from the injuries
A breach of duty of care may exist if you had several risk factors for chorioamnionitis and your doctor failed to recognize your symptoms as stemming from the condition. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), risk factors for chorioamnionitis can be smoking, alcohol and drug abuse, being immunocompromised, having multiple vaginal exams, pre-term rupture of the membranes, as well as others.
If the baby suffers extensive medical complications or conditions that stem from untreated or misdiagnosed chorioamnionitis (for example, brain damage or nerve injuries), you may have a case against the medical provider.
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Compensation in Chorioamnionitis Misdiagnosis Cases
If a doctor’s or hospital’s negligence caused your baby’s birth injuries, you may have a medical malpractice case and could receive compensation. While compensation will depend on your unique case and the severity of injuries, some of the types of compensation you could receive may include:
- Medical treatments
- Prescription and over-the-counter drugs
- A home caregiver
- Lost income
- Transportation costs
- Costs to modify your home for your child’s needs
- Medical devices and equipment
- Rehabilitative therapy
- Mental health services
- Other out-of-pocket expenses
In some cases, you could also receive compensation for any physical or mental pain and anguish suffered by you or your child in connection with misdiagnosed chorioamnionitis. We understand that it can be heartbreaking to see a newborn suffer from health conditions that were avoidable. However, help is available. A Los Angeles chorioamnionitis misdiagnosis lawyer can be by your side and help you file a claim against a negligent medical provider. We believe that you should not have to bear the costs of someone else’s medical negligence or recklessness.
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We Can Fight for Your Rights
Having a baby should be a time full of joy and happiness for the entire family. However, the carelessness of medical providers can have wide-ranging consequences. Suffering from a misdiagnosed illness that puts your newborn in grave danger and may cause permanent injuries can be a huge shock.
A birth injury can also cause a substantial unforeseen financial strain on new parents. You may not be able to return to work, having to care for a sick or perhaps a permanently injured child. You might have to see specialists frequently and your child may face extensive and costly therapies. If someone else caused this to your child and family, they should be paying for your medical expenses and not you.
We are on your side and want to help you seek justice and compensation. We can offer you a free consultation with one of our team members where we can discuss your legal options with you and advise you on a course of action. You do not have to worry about any upfront attorney’s fees as we work on contingency and take our fee when we secure a fair settlement on you and your baby’s behalf.
We can also represent you strongly in court and fight for your rights and compensation. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm now and let us assess your medical malpractice claim: (800) 794-0444.