Medical malpractice cases in women’s health can be among some of the most serious claims. Unfortunately, there are too many scenarios of substandard care that can result in devastating outcomes. These include failure to diagnose and treat breast cancer, cervical cancer, or other gynecological cancers. Early diagnosis of almost any cancer drastically improves outcome and increases the chances of survival, so when these cancers are missed until it’s too late– when there was ample opportunity to have caught them early– this can create liability for providers.
If not properly diagnosed when the patient presents with symptoms, certain sexually transmitted infections can be more difficult to treat, and can lead to damages in other individuals such as sexual partners and newborns.
Unnecessary hysterectomies or removal of healthy tissues such as healthy ovaries, or other surgical procedures on a woman’s reproductive organs that are unauthorized or performed without adequate consent can be considered medical battery in some states.
Toxic Shock Syndrome can be deadly if not caught, so providers should be alert to the risk factors and the possibility of its presentation.
The fallout from these errors can be catastrophic for the victims and their families of often otherwise healthy young adults.
That’s why it’s so important to have an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN), like a certified nurse midwife (CNM) or a women’s health Nurse Practitioner, WHNP, or a family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) who specializes in women’s health review the medical records in these cases to determine which standards of care were breached, and how this led to damages. By doing so, you firm can help ensure that those harmed get the compensation they deserve, and more importantly, that providers are more careful and deliberate with the management of their patients in the future.