Handling Obstetrician and Gynecologist Malpractice

Failure to properly diagnose a medical condition or mistakes made during a procedure can result in premature birth, miscarriages, sterility, incontinence, maternal infections, hemorrhage, birth injury during delivery, oxygen deprivation to the baby leading to cerebral palsy, and even death of the mother and/or the baby. 

The capable and resourceful attorneys at The Alvarez Law Firm can handle the challenges posed by OB/GYN malpractice lawsuits with the highest legal acumen. Our OB/GYN negligence lawyers in Florida have decades of cumulative experience required to help patients that have been wrongfully injured by negligent obstetricians, gynecologists, and other healthcare providers. 

Is Obstetrician (OB/GYN) Malpractice Common in Florida?

According to the American Medical Association (AMA), obstetrician malpractice is among the most common forms of medical negligence. Almost 63% of obstetrician-gynecologists in the country have been sued at least once in their career. The situation has become grimmer in recent times because the Florida Board of Medicine does little to enforce its three-strikes law against medical malpractice.

This makes it essential for injured patients in Florida or families of patients that wrongfully died at the hands of a negligent OB/GYN to work with a profound and All-Star medical malpractice law firm to hold doctors that make these types of tragic mistakes accountable for their errors. 

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Common Forms of Obstetrics Malpractice in Florida

Errors or mistakes made during pregnancy, birth, or delivery can result in long-term and devastating effects on both the newborn and their mothers. These are a few common obstetrical errors that may be qualified as grounds for obstetrics malpractice in Florida:

  • Misinterpretation of medical tests and scans
  • Improperly administered or prescribed medication
  • Negligent episiotomies
  • Inadequate monitoring of fetus and mother during pregnancy, birthing, and post-delivery
  • Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis
  • Inappropriate delivery method used
  • Mismanagement of medical complications
  • Failure to manage high-risk pregnancies in a proper manner

Common Forms of Gynecological Malpractice in Florida

Misjudgments and errors made by gynecologists can result in severe injuries that may be permanent or life-threatening in nature. These are a few common forms of gynecological negligence that may be grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit in Florida:

  • Errors made during gynecological surgery
  • Performing an unnecessary or improper surgical procedure
  • Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosing uterine, ovarian, breast, and cervical cancer
  • Failure to prescribe correct and adequate medication
  • Failure to identify the side effects of hormonal treatments and medications
  • Failure to properly read diagnostic tests

Types of Injuries Resulting from Obstetrician (OB/GYN) Malpractice in Florida

OB/GYN malpractice can result in a wide array of serious injuries to women and newborns. These are some of the common injuries caused by OB/GYN malpractice in Florida:

  • Brain injuries
  • Injuries sustained during the birthing process
  • Permanent scarring and disfigurement
  • Errors committed during caesarian section or hysterectomy
  • Failure to diagnose an in-utero disease 
  • Failure to diagnose cancers and reproductive diseases
  • Implanting the wrong embryo or too many embryos during infertility treatment

In a worst-case scenario, OB/GYN negligence may cause the wrongful death of an expectant mother or the infant. 

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Proving OB/GYN Malpractice in FL

Florida laws govern medical malpractice, including OB/GYN negligence. The burden of proving the negligence of a medical care provider lies on the plaintiff and their attorney. Your attorney will need to prove the following for a successful claim:

  • You were owed a professional duty of care by the OB/GYN
  • The doctor breached the medical standard of care
  • The breach of standard of care led to injury
  • You sustained compensable damages as a result of the injury

You will likely require an OB/GYN expert to testify to the required standard of medical care. The expert will also explain the manner in which the doctor breached the medical standard of care. A seasoned and considerate medical malpractice attorney will be able to use tough negotiation skills to get you the compensation and justice you deserve without having to step foot in the courtroom. 

Florida Statute of Limitations for OB/GYN Malpractice Lawsuits

Plaintiffs have 2 years from the date the error was committed to file a medical malpractice lawsuit, as per the Florida statute of limitations. This limitation has been put in place to help defendants since they usually don’t have the means to disprove evidence in long-dormant claims. 

Recoverable Damages from an OB/GYN Negligence Claim

You may be able to recover compensation for the following:

  • Past and future medical bills
  • Lost wages if the victim is no longer able to work in the same capacity
  • Rehabilitative treatment and therapy
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
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Our Skilled and Knowledgeable Miami Medical Malpractice Lawyers are Ready to Fight for You

The hard-working and accomplished legal team at The Alvarez Law Firm has a thorough understanding of the ins and outs of OB/GYN medical malpractice law. The competent attorneys can help victims and their families recover the maximum possible compensation for the injuries caused.

The dedicated attorneys at The Alvarez Law Firm are known to relentlessly pursue compensation for the injuries caused by the negligence of an obstetrician or gynecologist. To schedule your free consultation, call us at 877-445-7675 or fill out this online contact form.

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