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Amniocentesis and medical professional negligence

On Behalf of | Apr 12, 2022 | Birth Injuries

Whether you are struggling with intense emotional pain following a miscarriage due to a medical professional’s negligence or you worry about the well-being of your unborn child, it is vital to closely review the ins and outs of medical procedures. This can help you take action to hold a negligent medical professional accountable or avoid a procedure that you deem too risky.

Unfortunately, many families suffer as a result of carelessness, inexperience and substandard medical care. With certain procedures, such as amniocentesis, a medical professional’s negligence becomes especially dangerous.

What is amniocentesis?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, doctors offer amniocentesis to pregnant women who have a higher risk of giving birth to a child with Down syndrome or genetic problems. Doctors perform this test when a woman is 15 to 18 weeks pregnant and it involves the collection of amniotic fluid in order to test for birth defects.

Does amniocentesis have certain risks?

Parents should realize that amniocentesis carries some risks. Sometimes, physicians fail to discuss these risks with patients beforehand. In addition, some doctors perform procedures such as amniocentesis incorrectly, resulting in an injury. Some risks associated with amniocentesis include miscarriage, infection, needle injuries, Rh sensitivity and the leaking of amniotic fluid.

When amniocentesis results in the loss of a baby or a serious health challenge, doctors must answer for their actions if their negligence played a role. Make sure you examine the details surrounding what occurred and do not hesitate to stand up for your rights. Even though many parents feel devastated and struggle with emotions, taking action promptly is crucial.

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