Most practitioners experience at least one medical malpractice lawsuit during their career. Obstetrician/gynecologists (OB/GYN) and surgeons are the most commonly sued in the medical world. In fact, according to a Medscape study, 85% of OB/GYN specialists have been sued.
What is Medical Malpractice?
When a healthcare professional or medical establishment causes harm to a patient because of negligence, this is medical malpractice. One-third of lawsuits related to an OB/GYN practice is the result of an injury during care. Examples of medical malpractice include:
- Misreading results,
- Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose,
- Surgical error,
- Unnecessary surgery, and
- Improper follow-up.
Obstetric and Gynecology Medical Malpractice Issues
OB/GYNs are unique in the way that they can be responsible for handling two patients at once, as obstetrics is the care of a woman throughout her pregnancy. An OB/GYN should ensure that mom and baby are doing well, and follow up on anything that can pose a risk to either. When it comes to an expecting mother, medical malpractice in an OB/GYN office may result in the injury or death of a mother, her child, or both....