birth injuries

Failure to Address Rh Negative-Positive Blood Type Incompatibility

March 6, 2013

If a doctor fails to address the fact that 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. You may also download or request birth injury lawyer Chris Mellino’s free, easy-to-read guide to filing a claim in Ohio.

Why a Doctor Should Test for Incompatible Blood Types During Pregnancy

Part of good prenatal care is testing for Rh incompatibility, a condition in which the mother has Rh negative blood and the baby has Rh positive blood. This is an increased risk during second or subsequent pregnancies and could lead to hemolytic anemia, which deprives the baby of oxygen. With proper screening and prompt treatment, health problems can be addressed.

Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim for Improper Prenatal Care

A successful medical malpractice claim will prove the healthcare provider’s negligence caused an injury. One way to do this is by showing that Rh incompatibility wasn’t properly diagnosed or addressed. A doctor’s failure to conduct blood tests or follow-up tests to check for complications illustrates poor prenatal care. If the condition was diagnosed but proper treatment, such as injecting the mother with Rh immune globulin or giving the unborn baby a blood transfusion if necessary, wasn’t administered, this, too, shows negligence.

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 birth injury lawyer Chris Mellino for a free consultation.

Why Should I Trust Chris Mellino to Handle My Claim?

First, our firm doesn’t advertise. Attorneys and satisfied clients send us the majority of our cases. Others find us online.

Second, Chris Mellino is respected throughout northeast Ohio for his ability to dig below the surface and make sure no fact is overlooked. In fact, he’s litigated several landmark cases, including Moskovitz v. Mt. Sinai Medical Center (1994) and Watkins_v._Cleveland_Clinic_Foundation (1998). In the latter, he and his previous partner were awarded the largest verdict in the state that year.

Third, personal injury and medical malpractice claims are time consuming and labor intensive, so we’re selective about the cases we accept. Some firms:

  • take every case that walks in the door,
  • settle those cases for the first amount the defendant offers, so they can fund their next commercial to bring in even more clients, and
  • leave their clients in the hands of first-year associates, paralegals, or case managers.

We only pursue compensation for patients who’ve suffered a severe injury or disability. By limiting the number of cases we accept, we’re able to give each one the unique attention it deserves.

Last but not least, since 2010, Mellino Law Firm is the only medical malpractice law firm in Cleveland to be accepted into Primerus, which screens potential members by speaking to judges, other lawyers, bar associations, clients, and insurance carriers about a firm’s integrity, work product, fee structure, education, civility, and community service.

If you have questions about medical malpractice or a birth injury, attorney Chris Mellino invites you to contact our Cleveland office for a free consultation.