Maryland Fetal Ultrasound Errors Lawyer
Ultrasounds use high-frequency sound waves to produce images of the inside of the body. They are often during pregnancy to provide better care for pregnant women and their unborn babies. Ultrasounds can create actual images of a developing fetus, allowing doctors and expectant parents to see the fetus. They also allow doctors to diagnose and treat serious conditions that may affect the mother or fetus.
However, ultrasounds are not perfect. Errors do sometimes occur, often causing catastrophic results. Negligence can lead to undiagnosed genetic abnormalities, which can result in wrongful birth. When the woman gives birth to a baby with physical or mental defects, she may be entitled to compensation for hardships and difficulties she must now face. Had she known that the baby was not healthy, she might have decided not to move forward with the pregnancy and childbirth.
If you or your baby has suffered injuries as a result of ultrasound-related medical malpractice, seek legal help from the Maryland fetal ultrasound error lawyers at Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman.
Why Ultrasounds Are Used
Ultrasounds are useful for the following purposes:
- Confirming a pregnancy
- Determining fetal age and approximate due date
- Examining a woman’s uterus and ovaries
- Identifying the number of fetuses
- Monitor the growth and movements of the fetus
- Checking fetal heartbeat
- Determining the baby’s position before delivery
- Diagnosing pregnancy-related complications
- Identifying potential birth defects and other health conditions
- Identifying the potential for birth injuries
Common Ultrasound Errors
Medical malpractice in ultrasound testing may be caused by the following:
- Low-quality images
- Lack of training in sonography
- Misinterpretation of sonograms
- Misdiagnosis of medical conditions
- Failure to identify medical conditions
- Damaged or poorly maintained equipment
- Failure to order additional testing as needed
- Failure to communicate ultrasound findings to the parents
All of these ultrasound errors could come with severe consequences. Ultrasounds can help doctors and parents know what to expect during labor and delivery. Will the child be born healthy? Will a C-section be necessary?
Ultrasounds can help parents determine if they should move forward with the pregnancy. For example, parents may not want a baby with a permanent birth defect. By forcing a parent to raise a child with a deformity, this is called wrongful birth and it is a type of medical malpractice.
Ultrasounds can also assess a woman’s health or risk during labor and delivery. It can show whether the mother’s womb is too small or if the baby is too large for a vaginal delivery.
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While ultrasounds may seem like unnecessary technology to some people, they offer a lot of usefulness for expectant parents. They can help identify birth defects and determine the health of a pregnant woman.
Ultrasound errors can lead to a lot of heartache and frustration for expectant parents who don’t get the healthy baby they wanted, even though the ultrasounds showed defects and anomalies. The experienced personal injury lawyers at Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman can help you with your claim. To schedule a consultation, call our office at (410) 567-0800.