Women may visit an OB-GYN in Homestead for many reasons related to pregnancy, fertility, and other health issues. While the goal with these visits is to help women, some women face misdiagnosis and medical malpractice which results in injury and trauma.
Misdiagnosis happens for many reasons. In some cases, such as ovarian cancer, there are simply not the advanced and reliable tests available to ensure accurate diagnosis and the tests that do exist – such as blood tests – are not always suggested. There is also some evidence that medical schools do not always emphasize women’s health as a separate entity and bias as well as lack of research into conditions affecting women can also impact diagnosis.
Types of Medical Malpractice in Homestead OB-GYN Offices
Medical malpractice cases involving OB-GYN care and women in Homestead can involve:
- Unsafe medical devices: A number of devices and medicines created for women have been declared unsafe after millions of women have used them. Transvaginal mesh, for example, was a device recalled after many women experienced pain, infection, and other serious side effects. The Mirena IUD sparked lawsuits after thousands of women experienced damage to their uteruses when using the device and Bayer reached settlements in more than 19000 cases linked to its Yaz birth control pills, which some women claimed caused blood clots, strokes, and heart attacks.
- Misdiagnosis: In some cases, women face incorrect diagnoses, which can lead to pain and suffering as well as complications. Some studies have found that for endometriosis, for example,—a serious condition affecting the uterine lining which can cause debilitating pain—women waited an average of seven years before an accurate diagnosis was made. This is despite the fact that up to one in ten women may develop the condition, making it a common condition to look out for.
- Missed diagnosis: Some conditions are missed entirely, even when a women’s life depends on in. With ovarian cancer, for example, only about 20% of cases are caught early, greatly reducing the chances a woman will get successful treatment.
All persons deserve appropriate care when they see specialists—and that includes OB-GYNs. If you have had a negative income after visiting a doctor, contact Flaxman Law Group at 1-866-352-9626 (1-866-FLAXMAN) for a free consultation with a Homestead medical malpractice attorney. Our experienced legal team has secured settlements for thousands of injured plaintiffs and we work closely with investigators, medical experts, and other professionals to build strong cases.