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Ectopic Pregnancy: How Medical Negligence May be Linked

Michael Becker

An ectopic pregnancy occurs outside the uterus and could potentially become problematic for the mother and baby. If there is a failure to detect that this may or has occurred, and it isn’t properly treated, you may have a case of medical negligence.

When you believe that you have become the victim of this, you should consult with a birth injury lawyer who has the ability to take the time to carefully evaluate the details of your case and has the knowledge of knowing what steps to take next.

Common Causes of an Ectopic Pregnancy

This type of pregnancy can occur in the cervix or ovaries, however most times it happens in the fallopian tube. When it occurs in the fallopian tube, it could also be the result of the fertilized egg being slowed or blocked. A variety of factors can lead to blockages of this nature. This can become a fatal concern for the fetus, as well as the mother.

There are a variety of causes but they usually stem from scarring. Some of the things that can lead to scarring include having history of this occurrence, infections or surgery in the fallopian tube, and endometriosis. Pelvic inflammatory disease has also been noted to possibly play a role as roughly 50% of women stricken with this type of pregnancy has had this illness.

Other causes include:

  • Miscarriage;
  • polycystic ovarian syndrome;
  • ovarian cysts; and
  • other fertility issues that women may deal with.

Knowing that these risk factors are in place may be able to help a doctor detect this serious condition.

Signs and Symptoms of an Ectopic Pregnancy

Based on the following signs and symptoms experience by the woman, along with a pelvic exam and other tests, a doctor can be able to detect the condition:

  • lower abdomen/pelvic area pain;
  • irregular vaginal bleeding;
  • nausea;
  • vomiting;
  • menstrual cycle suddenly stops;
  • mild cramping;
  • lower back pain; and
  • breast tenderness.

However once the pregnancy ruptures, symptoms often worsen causing sudden, severe pain in the lower abdomen, intense pressure in the rectum, and fainting or feeling faint.

A failure to recognize these dire circumstances could lead to a doctor being held legally liable. If it is untreated, it could lead to serious complications such as a significant drop in blood pressure and internal bleeding.

Diagnosing an Ectopic Pregnancy

In addition to noting the symptoms and doing a pelvic exam, there are other tests that a doctor may run which can help determining a diagnosis. When a thorough evaluation is not performed, signs may be overlooked leading to serious, if not fatal, injury.

Some of the testing that may help diagnosis includes ultrasound, pregnancy test, HCG blood test, dilatation and curettage, laparotomy, laparoscopy, amongst others. It is best to detect this condition before it reaches the point of rupturing. If breakage does happen, immediate medical immediate treatment will be necessary.

When you are pregnant and are experience complications associated with this circumstance, your doctor should review your medical history and take a closer look at your medical health. Note, taking these steps can lead to more and worsening conditions; most significantly, this condition can be fatal if it is not treated.

When it is Time to Pursue a Claim

In order to determine if you can hold your doctor or another healthcare provider liable for your injuries, you should first seek legal counsel who can determine if you have a viable case.

If it can be proven that you or your baby suffered serious injuries caused by this condition that should have been diagnosed and was not, or if there was a failure to properly treat it, compensation could be available. You may be entitled to damages that address your physical and emotional injuries. Do not delay as you may have a limited time in which to pursue a claim.

Hurt by medical negligence in Cleveland? Call an Ohio Injury Lawyer

The team of injury lawyers at The Becker Law Firm serves residents of the Cleveland and Elyria, Ohio areas when they have been the victims of birth injury, catastrophic injury and wrongful death as the result of medical malpractice. To arrange for a no-cost consultation, home or hospital visit, contact us today – (440) 252-4399.

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