Gynecological injury is both devastating and unfortunately common in women who have had gynecological procedures. This kind of injury can leave women infertile, in pain, incontinent, and have a variety of other effects. Gynecological injury affects a woman’s ability to work, socialize, and otherwise lead a normal life. In many cases, these injuries are not a random event but rather the result of medical malpractice.
What Is Gynecological Injury?
Gynecological injury is simply when women’s health care actually harms the patient rather than helping them. It can include:
• Unplanned pregnancy due to failures in contraception or tubal ligation
• Failure to diagnose serious conditions such as ectopic pregnancy or gynecological cancer
• Injuries from procedures such as abortion, dilation and curettage, and biopsies
• Failure to detect issues with pregnancy, leading to health problems for mother and/or baby
• Side effects to medications, treatments, and contraceptives
• Misread tests
While all medical procedures carry a certain amount of risk, many gynecological injuries are entirely preventable. Women suffer lifelong effects as a result of the negligence or poor decision-making of a physician or health care worker that they trusted to care for them in a responsible manner.
Long Term Effects of Gynecological Injury
Gynecological injury can have devastating effects. In some cases, an illness or condition is not treated in a timely manner due to misdiagnosis, leading to long term health problems. For example, failure to diagnose pre-eclampsia will lead to full-blown eclampsia, which threatens both mother and child. Misdiagnosis of gynecological cancer and even common conditions such as ectopic pregnancy can lead to life-threatening crises due to lack of immediate care.
Even minor mistakes can have lifelong consequences. Studies have found that damage to the urinary system is the most common complication of gynecological procedures. This can cause infections and even incontinence. Other common complications of gynecological care include hemorrhage, sterilization and infertility, infections, and injuries to important structures.
When Is It Medical Malpractice?
There area few criteria that separate normal complications of health care from medical malpractice. First, did your doctor or other health care worker act negligently or irresponsibly? In some cases, injuries were caused by a physician’s actions, but in many cases a lack of action was to blame. Either way, the doctor showed poor judgment.
Second, there must be injury to the patient. Injury does not have to expenses or a need for future medication. Pain and suffering or even higher risk of future complications are both legally considered an injury. Third, this pain and suffering must be a provable result of the doctor’s negligence.
If you or a loved one has suffered gynecological injury from a procedure, a misdiagnosis, or another medical mistake, it is important to seek compensation. It is often costly to treat the long term health effects of these issues, and many people cannot work while dealing with them. In addition, doctors who have made devastating errors in judgment need to be identified before they harm more people. Getting legal representation is the first step to reclaiming your health and your life.