Minneapolis Pregnancy Error Lawyers
Usually, the gestation process is forty weeks. The PLDR process (pregnancy, labor, delivery, and recovery) is usually much longer. In fact, in many situations, the PLDR process could last for several years. It begins when women begin seriously thinking about pregnancy. It ends when the last pregnancy complication ends. This long process has countless stages. A serious injury to the mother and/or the baby could occur during any stage.
The pregnancy phases often have little in common, but the same duty of care applies in all of them. From start to finish, doctors have a fiduciary duty to their patients. They must cast all other priorities aside and only do what is best for their patients. Significantly, there’s usually a difference between the patient’s desires and the patient’s needs. It’s very tempting for doctors to allow patients, who are paying the bill, to have their way, especially if there is no severe danger. But that’s not what the duty of care requires.
The experienced Minneapolis pregnancy error lawyers at Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman know what it takes to remain steadfast through a long process. Much like the PLDR process, the litigation process could last for several years. It’s very tempting to take shortcuts and end the case earlier if possible. Usually, the client wants closure in these situations. But an early settlement is rarely in the client’s best interests. Instead, we keep fighting until we obtain the best possible results under the circumstances, no matter how long that fight takes.
Kinds of Pregnancy Errors
As a rule of thumb, about one in ten births involve some complications at some point. About one in ten of these births involve a serious complication which, in many cases, could threaten the mother’s or baby’s life. Some possibilities include:
- Prenatal Issues: Particularly very early in the process, when women have not yet conceived, many doctors fail to recognize or appreciate some risk factors, such as maternal obesity, that could cause serious problems later. Frequently, the problem is the aforementioned desires and needs difference. Many women want to get pregnant so badly that doctors overlook risks they consider “borderline.” These issues are more acute if the mother is a walk-in delivery and the prenatal process consists of a brief medical history review.
- Labor Problems: As mothers prepare for delivery, doctors must closely monitor the mother’s health and safety and look for evidence of fetal distress. Additionally, doctors must manage medication issues, like epidural anesthesia and Pitocin dosage, to help ensure a smooth delivery. Treating physicians cannot delegate these responsibilities to other professionals.
- Delivery Issues: Once pushing begins, many doctors think they are on the downhill side. Generally, this attitude is well-placed. For example, children who do their homework usually do well on their tests. But doctors aren’t school children. An unexpected emergency could happen at any moment. If that happens, doctors usually have little time to react.
- Recovery Problems: Another fundamental rule of life, which is generally true, is that our mistakes often have lasting consequences. Additionally, some birth errors have effects, like developmental delays, that do not become apparent for months or years. Doctors often wash their hands of such matters when the baby leaves the hospital. But that event does not cancel the duty of care in these cases.
Part of a fiduciary duty means being ready for the unexpected at any point in this process, and not just during delivery. Another part of a fiduciary duty is openly making amends for mistakes. Sometimes, these amends include paying compensation for losses sustained.
These losses usually include economic losses, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering. A Minneapolis pregnancy error lawyer can usually obtain additional punitive damages in these cases as well.
Count On a Hard-Hitting Hennepin County Lawyer
Injury victims are usually entitled to significant compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced pregnancy error lawyer in Minneapolis, contact Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman LLC by going online or calling 410-567-0800. We handle these matters on a nationwide basis.