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Why do obstetricians and gynecologists most often get sued?

On Behalf of | Jan 2, 2020 | Medical Malpractice

One of the reasons that medical care is so costly nowadays is because doctors have to take out large malpractice insurance policies to cover them in case their patients file a lawsuit against them. Obstetricians and gynecologists (OB-GYNs) are one type of doctor that gets sued quite a bit more often than others. There are some trends for why these women’s health professionals often face lawsuits.

Medscape, a health care research organization, recently polled 4,000 primary care doctors across the U.S. At least 59% of them reported having been previously sued for malpractice.

One-third of all lawsuits that were filed against them had to do with injuries that their patients received while performing a procedure on them. Another 33% stemmed from misdiagnoses. These physicians also reported that patients sued them for medication errors, failures to treat or poor care instructions and documentation.

That same Medscape survey revealed that 83% of the surgeons and 85% of the OB-GYNs polled had been sued for malpractice. Male and older physicians were the most commonly sued physicians.

One of the most common reasons obstetricians ended up being sued was for botching Cesarean section (C-section) births. This was particularly common when these procedures were performed on healthy pregnant women. It’s not medically necessary to offer C-sections to these expectant mothers.

OB-GYNs can greatly reduce their chances of being sued by staying current on the latest advancements in the field so that they most adequately diagnose and treat their patients. If an OB-GYN must perform some type of surgery, then doctors can greatly reduce a patient’s chances of developing an infection by ensuring that their support staff follows proper surgical protocol.

Women are injured during routine gynecological procedures and childbirth each day here in California. Many are left in far worse of a medical condition than they came into the hospital with. Some patients even die. A medical malpractice attorney can review your Redwood City case and let you know if you have a valid claim for requesting compensation for your health decline or loved one’s death.