What should I do if I lost a baby due to preterm labor if I was seen and examinated by a doctor eailier in the day?

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What should I do if I lost a baby due to preterm labor if I was seen and examinated by a doctor eailier in the day?

I had a scheduled doctors appointment at 9:30 a.m. with a family medicine resident physician. I was told by him 2 weeks before to come back to see him for a follow-up check-up as I was in my fifth month of pregnancy. During the second check-up I complained of cramping and some bleeding. He went on to do a pelvic exam and assured me that everything was fine and that he saw the discharge I was referring to. He the told me to come back and see him in 3 weeks. That night at 7:45 p.m. my water broke and I was rushed to the local hospital where I was told that I was in preterm labor.

Asked on March 5, 2012 under Malpractice Law, Maryland

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Please accept our sympathy for  your loss.

You may wish to consult with a malpractice attorney; it is possible that malpractice was committed in your case. Sometimes, of course, patients do poorly even when their doctors do everything right--medicine is not an exact science. However, if a doctor was careless and missed something he should have seen, and that causes some injury or loss, that carelessness may be malpractice. From what you write, it is possible that the doctor was careless, since it may be that he should have seen a potential problem and, at a minimum, called for tests, a more-thorough examination, etc.

 


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