You may be able to obtain misdiagnosed ectopic pregnancy compensation if your doctor or medical professional was negligent.
An ectopic pregnancy alone is not necessarily a basis for a case. However, you can hold your doctor accountable for a failure to diagnose or a misdiagnosed ectopic pregnancy.
Suffering an ectopic pregnancy can be traumatic.
If your doctor was negligent in the diagnosis or treatment, it can be particularly tragic and often lead to cascading physical and emotional consequences.
The repercussions of a misdiagnosed or undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy can be severe, including internal bleeding, infertility, loss of a fallopian tube, and more. It can lead to severe, life-threatening complications.
What Is an Ectopic Pregnancy?
An ectopic pregnancy happens when an embryo implants outside the uterus, usually in one of the fallopian tubes.
The fetus will begin to grow inside the fallopian tube, eventually becoming too large, causing the fallopian tube to rupture.
If this occurs, it is a medical emergency, and you must seek immediate treatment. It is so dangerous that it can lead to death if left undiagnosed or untreated.
Risk Factors for an Ectopic Pregnancy
An ectopic pregnancy can happen to any woman. However, certain risk factors can make you more susceptible to an ectopic pregnancy. These include:
- History of ectopic pregnancy;
- Infertility and associated treatments (e.g., IVF);
- Prior fallopian tube surgery, including tubal ligation (i.e., tubes tied);
- Previous pelvic or abdominal surgery;
- Sexually transmitted infections (STIs);
- Pelvic inflammatory disease;
- Intrauterine devices (IUDs); and
If you have certain risk factors and your medical provider ignored them or failed to address them adequately, and you suffered an ectopic pregnancy, you may be able to hold them liable.
Failure to Diagnose Ectopic Pregnancy Claims in Missouri
While not all ectopic pregnancies are grounds for a medical malpractice suit, you may have a basis for a claim if your doctor failed to diagnose or treat you.
You may be able to file an ectopic pregnancy lawsuit if any of the following occurred.
- Your doctor attributed your symptoms to something else and did not provide any treatment;
- Your doctor recognized and attributed your symptoms to an ectopic pregnancy but delayed treatment, leading to a ruptured fallopian tube or other serious condition;
- Your doctor failed to order testing to confirm an ectopic pregnancy diagnosis;
- Your doctor prescribed or administered the incorrect treatment or medications;
- Your doctor negligently performed surgery;
- Your doctor or radiologist missed the embryo/fetus on the scan; or
- Your doctor failed to recognize the symptoms and diagnose and treat them.
If you believe medical negligence led to your injuries from an ectopic pregnancy, we can assist you with obtaining a medical malpractice ectopic pregnancy settlement.
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