Ectopic Pregnancy Birth Injury

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An ectopic pregnancy is one which occurs outside of the uterus.  The baby begins to develop in another site, usually in the fallopian tube.  Occasionally, in rare instances, ectopic pregnancies can occur in the ovary or cervix.  Many cases of ectopic pregnancy are due to scarring which is caused by past ectopic pregnancies, prior fallopian tube infections, endometriosis or fallopian tube surgeries.  Sometimes, women with prior fertility issues and problems, such as ovarian cysts, pregnancy miscarriage or polycystic ovarian syndrome develop ectopic pregnancies.

Ectopic Pregnancy Injury Symptoms

  • abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • lower back pain
  • nausea and/or vomiting
  • pain in the lower abdomen
  • pain in the pelvic region
  • amenorrhea (loss of menstruation)
  • cramping
  • feeling faint
  • breast tenderness

Ectopic pregnancies cannot be brought to term as the fetus cannot develop and the pregnancy is life threatening to the mother.  Therefore, upon discovery, a physician must take immediate action to save the mother’s life and prevent medical problems from occurring.

Injury and Liability Issues

An untreated ectopic pregnancy will end in the rupture of the fallopian tube.  This rupture can result in a hemorrhage, lethal infection or permanent injury.  Additionally, a woman’s fertility may be impacted if left treated improperly.  Therefore, if a physician fails to discover the condition, fails to act promptly after discovering the condition, fails to attempt to save the fallopian tube or fails to reconstruct the tube properly, an injury may occur.  All of these issues may form the basis of a legal claim based upon medical malpractice.

Getting Legal Help

If one has experienced an ectopic pregnancy injury, one should consider consulting with an experienced medical malpractice attorney.  An experienced medical malpractice attorney can not only assist in evaluating one’s claim in order to determine what possible options one may have, but also the attorney may be able to assist one in selecting an appropriate option.  Furthermore, a seasoned attorney will have the resources available to understand current medical and legal trends related to ectopic pregnancy injuries and be able to utilize these concepts to help further one’s case. 

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