Failure to address issues when a mother has an Rh negative blood type and her unborn child has Rh positive blood may constitute medical malpractice. If your baby suffered brain damage or other serious personal injury, contact our Cleveland office today for a free consultation. Or request birth injury lawyer Chris Mellino’s free, easy-to-read guide to filing a claim in Ohio.
Failure to Address Incompatible Blood Types During Pregnancy
Part of receiving good prenatal care is being tested for Rh incompatibility, a result of the mother having Rh negative blood type and the baby having Rh positive blood. In second or subsequent pregnancies (although it can sometimes be a risk in first pregnancies), this incompatibility could lead to a condition called hemolytic anemia, which deprives the baby of oxygen.
However, with proper screening and prompt treatment, health problems can be addressed. If not, there may be legal recourse against the OB-GYN or others who are responsible for the pregnant woman’s medical care, and that of the fetus.
Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim Stemming from Improper Prenatal Care
In order to file a medical malpractice claim, it would need to be proven that negligence of the healthcare provider or others was responsible for any resulting injuries. One way to do this is by showing that Rh incompatibility wasn’t properly diagnosed or addressed.
A failure to conduct blood tests or follow-up tests that check for complications in the baby can show poor prenatal care. If the condition was diagnosed but proper treatment wasn’t given, such as injecting the mother with Rh immune globulin or giving the unborn baby a blood transfusion if necessary, this can show negligent medical care.
A birth injury claim can address medical costs, pain and suffering, wrongful death, and more. Blood incompatibility during pregnancy is a serious health risk, but complications are usually preventable when a doctor provides appropriate prenatal care. If Rh negative-positive blood type incompatibility was not addressed during your pregnancy, contact us for a free consultation, or request lawyer Chris Mellino’s free, easy-to-read guide to filing a malpractice claim in Ohio.