Oh the joys of pregnancy. Mothers everywhere know all too well how uncomfortable those 9 months can be. Ultrasounds, vaccinations, extra screenings, & more. It can be a little overwhelming. But these screenings help ensure pregnancies are healthy and that the baby isn’t at risk for anything. Perhaps the most dreaded prenatal visit is the gestational diabetes screening one. You get to chug down a teeth-clenchingly sweet glucose drink. And all within a few minutes. And then you’re lucky enough to get your blood drawn an hour later. If your results show any higher-than-normal values, you’ll have to do it again..But this time, you’ll be fasting. And oh, they get to draw your blood three times. Here’s the thing: not everything is black and white. Unfortunately some mothers receive a gestational diabetes misdiagnosis.
Were you misdiagnosed with gestational diabetes? Did you suffer due to a lack of treatment? You may be entitled to compensation. Get in touch with our team at Hampton & King to understand what options you may have.
What Is Gestational Diabetes?
Gestational diabetes varies from regular diabetes. It is a condition that only occurs during pregnancy. It can cause harm to both mother and the baby. But gestational diabetes doesn’t have to be life-long. Nor does it mean someone with gestational diabetes must have had diabetes pre-pregnancy. Most women who do have gestational diabetes usually recover from it after delivery.
The placenta is what helps nourish babies in the womb. Sometimes, hormones may block the action of a mother’s insulin to her body. This can cause insulin resistance. Although insulin may be present in the mother’s body, it is difficult to properly use. And she may need three times more insulin to compensate. Other times, a mother’s body is unable to even produce the proper amount of insulin, let alone use it. This keeps glucose from changing into energy. Instead it builds up in the body leading to hyperglycemia.
Proper screening and diagnosis of gestational diabetes can still allow for a healthy pregnancy. Doctors are able to help you manage the condition and even treat it. Unless of course, there’s been a gestational diabetes misdiagnosis.
A Gestational Diabetes Misdiagnosis May Happen More Often Than You Think
Unfortunately some cases of gestational diabetes go undetected. That means women who are in need of critical monitoring and treatment don’t receive it. Thus causing further complications throughout the pregnancy and even during delivery.
But how do doctors and medical staff members make mistakes with gestational diabetes?
Many practices across the nation test all expecting patients for gestational diabetes. It’s a way to detect the condition even in women who may not display any signs or symptoms. Other obstetricians may only screen women they believe are at high risk. That means many women might not even get tested. And a possible case of gestational diabetes goes undetected.
Yet there are other negligent medical professionals who despite a diagnosis, fail to properly treat an expecting mother with gestational diabetes.
Risks Of A Gestational Diabetes Misdiagnosis
Women with gestational diabetes tend to have babies with a higher birth weight. If proper diagnosis occurs and a doctor is properly treating the patient, a plan is set. Usually, doctors will suggest delivering your baby via c-section. Larger babies pose many risks if delivered vaginally. Babies may suffer from a brachial plexus injury or even shoulder dystocia.
Delivering a large baby vaginally also poses risks for the mother including tearing and hemorrhaging.
An Attorney Can Help With A Lawsuit
Maybe you received a false-positive or a false-negative. Perhaps you were never tested, or were never properly treated for gestational diabetes. In that case, you may have legal options. Maybe a doctor’s negligence led to an actual injury affecting you or your baby, your baby. You can likely file a gestational diabetes misdiagnosis lawsuit, so long as you’re within the statute of limitations.
A lawsuit can help you receive compensation you rightfully deserve. We understand monetary compensation can never reverse your trauma. Or even the injuries and stress you and your family went through. But a lawsuit can help you pay for medical bills that may be piling up because of a doctor’s negligence. It can help pay for better treatment and can also help with any loss of income that might have resulted due to the medical injury.
It never hurts to seek answers. Contact our team of expert lawyers today to get a better understanding of what options are available to you.