A gynecologist is a physician who specializes in women’s sexual and reproductive health care. Gynecologists focus on problems of the female reproductive tract, which includes the ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix, and vagina. Many gynecologists undergo surgical training to correct female reproductive, pelvic, or urinary tract problems, including cancers of the reproductive system.
The Impact of Gynecological Errors
The impact of a gynecological mistake can be devastating to you or your loved ones and can result in life-altering changes. Not every gynecologist error is considered malpractice. To be regarded as medical malpractice, the error must involve a deviation from the accepted standard of care that leads to injuries, harm, or a worsening of the condition. Surgical errors can occur during various procedures, including:
- Endometrial biopsy
- Surgical tasks include:
- Hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus)
- Bladder support surge
- Myomectomy (fibroid removal)
- Pelvic support surgery
- Tubal ligation
- Oophorectomy (ovary removal)
- Colposcopy, a microscopic examination of the cervix
- D&C (dilation and curettage)
Any deviation from the accepted standard of care that causes harm to the patient may be deemed medical negligence. Damage to a woman’s reproductive system or internal organs during surgical procedures can result in malpractice or negligence that may have far-reaching consequences.
Compensation for Gynecological Malpractice
Sometimes surgical mistakes made by a gynecologist have an immediate impact, while others manifest and become apparent over time. If a gynecological disease or condition is not treated correctly, you and your loved ones may be entitled to compensation for some or a combination of these:
- Loss of earnings
- Loss of earning capacity
- Ongoing health care management
- Past, present, and future medical bills
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
Many medical malpractice claims related to surgical errors can be challenging to pursue. These cases can also get into a lot of expense because they involve numerous expert medical witnesses, precise medical language, and complicated facts. Healthcare providers are usually unwilling to admit errors, and they often have extensive resources to contest lawsuits.
If there were a gynecological error, it would likely be necessary for an attorney to retain the expertise of a board-certified gynecologist to evaluate whether there is a reasonable basis to bring a lawsuit against the healthcare provider.
The same board-certified expert may later give testimony in the case. That testimony should provide evidence of what the professional standard of care was and how the gynecologist or surgeon deviated from it, and whether that error is responsible for the injuries or the worsening of the patient’s condition.
Hire an Attorney for a Medical Negligence Claim
Many clients hire lawyers to provide the needed assistance to lead to a favorable outcome in a medical malpractice case. Many lawyers have extensive experience investigating, prosecuting, and trying to verdict malpractice cases due to or arising out of gynecological negligence.
If you were harmed because of a negligent gynecological procedure, a medical malpractice attorney might be able to help you recover damages from the responsible party or parties. To find out how you can benefit, schedule a consultation with a medical malpractice attorney.