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Missed Diagnosis of Ectopic Pregnancy – Medical Malpractice Attorney

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Did you find get a positive pregnancy test only to later find that your pregnancy was ectopic? Ectopic pregnancies come with a lot of heartbreak for expecting parents because they cannot progress like normal pregnancies (they must be terminated to avoid dangerous complications to pregnant women). Although ectopic pregnancies are not successful (full-term ectopic pregnancies are rare), the misdiagnosis of ectopic pregnancy can result in significant harm.

If your doctor failed to diagnosed your ectopic pregnancy, you likely suffered complications that could have been avoided with prompt treatment. Based on the details surrounding your specific situation, you might have grounds to take legal action. Can I sue if my doctor failed to diagnose my ectopic pregnancy? Yes, you can sue your doctor if he failed to diagnose your ectopic pregnancy. If you are interested in exploring your right to pursue a claim after a misdiagnosis of an ectopic pregnancy, you should speak with an ectopic pregnancy malpractice lawyer as soon as possible.

To learn more about your right to sue, you should speak to thee ectopic pregnancy medical malpractice attorneys at our firm as soon as possible. Our experts are ready to help you sue your doctor after the failure to diagnose ectopic pregnancy. Contact Kenmore Law Group to learn more about your right to pursue a claim after a medical physician wrongfully diagnosed your ectopic pregnancy.

At Kenmore Law Group, our lawyers are ready to provide you with the representation that you need to hold the negligent doctor or hospital accountable for your misdiagnosis and any resulting complications. If you would like to learn more about your right to file a failure to diagnose ectopic pregnancy lawsuit, contact our firm today. Our Los Angeles lawyers who can sue for ectopic pregnancy wrong diagnosis are ready to provide you with all the information that you need to pursue your claim. Contact the experts at our firm as soon as possible.

What is an Ectopic Pregnancy?

An ectopic pregnancy (also called an extrauterine pregnancy) is when a fertilized egg attaches and grows outside a woman’s uterus. In over 90% of cases of ectopic pregnancy, the fertilized egg implants in the fallopian tube (tubal pregnancy); however, it is also possible for the fertilized egg to implant in an ovary, the cervix, or the abdomen.

The symptoms associated with an ectopic pregnancy include the following:

  • Abdominal cramps (sharp cramps)
  • Light vaginal bleeding
  • Pain in the shoulder, neck, or rectum
  • Pelvic pain
  • Upset stomach
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness or dizziness

Only a miniscule percentage of all pregnancies are ectopic (about 1% to 2% of pregnancies). Women who have pelvic inflammatory disease, have a sexually transmitted infection, have scarring from a pelvic surgery, or have had a previous ectopic pregnancy at a higher risk of experiencing an ectopic pregnancy. Additionally, women who are older than 35, smoke cigarettes, have had tubal ligation and reversal procedures, and use fertility drugs or had fertility treatments are also at a higher risk of ectopic pregnancies.

An ectopic pregnancy can cause the fallopian tube to burst; therefore, quick treatment is necessary. There are typically two options to treat ectopic pregnancies, which include medication and surgery. If the pregnancy is still early and the fallopian tube has not been damaged, your doctor will likely administer a shot of methotrexate to stop the cells from growing (the body will absorb the cells). If the pregnancy is further along, surgery might be the only option (either a laparoscopy or a laparotomy). These procedures allow doctors to physically remove the ectopic pregnancy, remove the fallopian tube if it is damage, and address any bleeding if the fallopian tube ruptured due to the ectopic pregnancy. In severe situations, emergency surgery is required.

After an ectopic pregnancy, it is possible for affected women to have normal pregnancies; however, any future pregnancies are likely to be considered high-risk.

Can Ectopic Pregnancy Be Misdiagnosed?

Yes, ectopic pregnancy can be misdiagnosed? The early signs of ectopic pregnancy can be easily confused for normal signs of pregnancy. Doctors might perform a pregnancy test and an ultrasound; the test might be positive but the ultrasound will likely not show a fetus. Because of this, the doctor can misdiagnose the ectopic pregnancy as a miscarriage, meaning that he or she will not administer the necessary treatment. Because the ectopic pregnancy is not in the uterus, the doctor must order an ultrasound of the fallopian tubes and ovaries as well as closely monitor levels of HCG hormone in the blood to identify the ectopic pregnancy.

What doctor can diagnose ectopic pregnancy? A doctor specializing in ectopic pregnancy, such as an OB/GYN, can diagnose the ectopic pregnancy. However, mistakes can happen. If your doctor did not diagnose your ectopic pregnancy correctly, you could suffer complications. Specifically, if your doctor did not diagnose your ectopic pregnancy, you could miss the window for non-surgical treatment. If you are interested in learning more about your right to sue the doctor because the doctor failed to diagnose and misdiagnosed your ectopic pregnancy, contact the experts at our firm today.

Who Is Liable for a Misdiagnosis of an Ectopic Pregnancy?

Is my doctor liable for ectopic pregnancy diagnosis error? Yes, your doctor can be liable for ectopic pregnancy errors and mistakes. Specifically, your doctor could be liable of medical malpractice. To be able to pursue a claim against a doctor, you must be able to prove that there was a doctor-patient relationship. If the doctor-patient relationship exists, then the doctor owes his or her patient a duty of care – more specifically, a duty to exercise skill and care when treating the patient. Unfortunately, doctors can breach their duty of care and actually harm their patients. They can fail to make a diagnosis, improperly administer treatment, and can even fail to perform surgical procedures correctly. This can directly result in harm. If the harm that you suffered was directly associated with a breached duty of care, you can sue the doctor; in some cases, you can sue the hospital as well (if the hospital hired the doctor). If you are interested in learning more about suing for ectopic pregnancy, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the medical malpractice lawyers who specialize in ectopic pregnancy cases at our firm as soon as possible. Whether you are interested in suing Kaiser Permanente, UCLA Hospital, Cedars Sinai Hospital, USC Medical Center, St. Francis Medical Center, Keck Hospital, White Memorial Hospital, or any other Southern California hospital, you can trust our lawyers to guide you every step of the way.

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Can I Sue?

You might have some of the following questions:

  • Can I sue if I lost my fetus due to misdiagnosis of ectopic pregnancy? Yes, you can sue if you lost your fetus due to misdiagnosis.
  • Can I sue if I lost my pregnancy because the doctor did not discover my ectopic pregnancy? Yes, you can sue if you lost your pregnancy because the doctor failed to discover the ectopic pregnancy.
  • Can a car accident cause ectopic pregnancy? Yes, a car accident can cause ectopic pregnancy. Specifically, an ectopic pregnancy can occur if the car accident results in blunt trauma.

Regardless of your specific situation, you might have grounds to sue. You can sue if your doctor misdiagnosed your ectopic pregnancy. If you are interested in learning more about your right to file an ectopic pregnancy misdiagnosis lawsuit, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our firm as soon as possible. Our lawyers will help you better understand medical negligence and ectopic pregnancy claims.

Can Doctors Be Wrong About Ectopic Pregnancy?

Yes, doctors can definitely be wrong about ectopic pregnancy. Because of this, seeking multiple medical opinions is important. An additional medical opinion can confirm the diagnosis or help you get the correct diagnosis. After a confirmed diagnosis, you can begin treatment of your ectopic pregnancy. Prompt treatment is essential for a quick recovery with little to no complications.

What Should I Do?
Unfortunately, an ectopic pregnancy can be easily misdiagnosed; however, there is no excuse for a misdiagnosis. If your doctor failed to properly diagnose your ectopic pregnancy you could be eligible to pursue a claim – that is, a failure to diagnose ectopic pregnancy lawsuit. If you are interested in pursuing a claim for misdiagnosis of ectopic pregnancy and medical negligence, you should do the following:

  • Seek medical attention (seek multiple medical opinions if necessary)
  • Take photos of all your injuries
  • Gather all the medical records associated with your ectopic pregnancy
  • Gather records of all medical costs that you have incurred due to your ectopic pregnancy and necessary treatment
  • Gather records of the income that you have lost due to your medical condition
  • Discuss your situation with an ectopic pregnancy misdiagnosis attorney in Los Angeles as soon as possible

If you would like to learn more about the specific actions that you should take after your doctor’s failure to diagnose ectopic pregnancy, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with our Los Angeles attorneys who can file a lawsuit for ectopic pregnancy.

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Can I Recover Compensation?

If you were the victim of medical malpractice, you might be eligible to recover monetary compensation for the harm that you suffered. That is, if your misdiagnosis claim is successful, you could be compensated. What could you receive? Based on the details surrounding your claim, you could recover compensation for some of the following:

  • Medical costs
  • Lost earnings
  • Pain and suffering
  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Loss of consortium
  • Punitive damages

If you would like to learn more about your right to recover compensation for the harm that you or a member of your family suffered, contact an attorney with experience in ectopic pregnancy misdiagnosis cases as soon as possible. Our lawyers are ready to evaluate your claim and provide you with the guidance that you need to reach a successful claim outcome and recover the compensation that you deserve. Our attorneys will not rest until you recover the maximum amount of compensation that you are owed.

File Your Claim On Time

Your claim is subject to a statute of limitations (which determines the total length of time that you have to sue). In California, medical malpractice claims must be brought forth either three years from the sate of the injury or within one year of discovering the injury (whichever comes first). If you fail to understand the statute of limitations that applies to your claim, you could lose your right to sue. To ensure that you have a thorough understanding of the deadline that applies to your claim, contact the attorneys who can file a lawsuit for ectopic pregnancy misdiagnosis and medical negligence at our firm today.

Contact Kenmore Law Group Today

Are you interested in speaking with a Los Angeles attorney for ectopic pregnancy misdiagnosis lawsuits? If so, do not hesitate to contact our ectopic pregnancy medical malpractice attorneys. At Kenmore Law Group, our medical malpractice lawyers in California can sue for ectopic pregnancy and can help you recover the compensation that you deserve. If your ectopic pregnancy was misdiagnosed or not treated properly, contact our experts today for the guidance necessary to proceed legally.

If you experienced ectopic pregnancy and medical malpractice in California, you can trust the experts at our firm to provide you with the guidance that you need. We offer free legal services (both free consultations and free second opinions). We also offer a Zero-Fee guarantee as well as a strict contingency structure.

If you are ready to discuss your claim with the experts at Kenmore Law Group, contact our firm today.

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