If you are searching for the average settlement for ectopic pregnancy medical malpractice then look no further. We will discuss this in this article.
An ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy complication that occurs when the embryo is unable to attach itself inside the uterus and attaches itself outside the uterus, usually in the Fallopian tubes.
Risk Factors And Warning Signs
Ectopic pregnancies are not such a regular occurrence that predicting the likelihood of one occurring is possible. There are, however, some factors that contribute to the development of ectopic pregnancy and some early indications of their existence.
Basic ectopic pregnancy risk factors include:
- A former ectopic pregnancy
- The use of an intrauterine device (IUD) as birth control
- Established history of pelvic inflammatory disease
- Established history of complications with tubal ligations or the reversal of a tubal ligation
- The use of fertility or infertility treatments.
- The use of tobacco
- Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI)
- Any previous condition or surgical procedure in the area of the pelvis or uterus
- Age of the mother
- Previous termination of a pregnancy
Any of these or a combination of any of these factors increase the likelihood of developing an ectopic pregnancy.
Basic ectopic pregnancy warning signs include:
- Negative ultrasound scans, despite positive pregnancy test
- Light bleeding from the vagina
- Abdominal or pelvic pain
- Dizzy spells, passing out and shock
- Shoulder pain (as a result of nerve irritation from leaked Fallopian tube blood)
50% of women with ectopic pregnancies will experience any kind of symptoms that are noticeable before an organ is ruptured or the Fallopian tube damaged.
Diagnosing An Ectopic Pregnancy
If detected early enough, an ectopic pregnancy can be ended with a drug called methotrexate. A medical termination usually has the most favorable patient outcome because there will be no need to excise the fallopian tubes surgically, and the patient’s fertility is unaffected most of the time.
However, surgery becomes the only option after a certain gestational period. Surgeons usually try to remove the section of the fallopian tube where the fertilized egg has attached itself and reconnect the tubes by salpingostomy. If the ectopic pregnancy had a severe effect on the patient’s health, then the fallopian tube may have to be completely taken out.
Termination of an ectopic pregnancy through surgery is likely to reduce or eliminate a patient’s ability to conceive. Hence, all doctors need to be able to detect ectopic pregnancies as early as possible.
Making A Claim Of An Ectopic Pregnancy Misdiagnosis
Doctors swore an oath to provide the best duty of care possible to all patients. This includes diagnosing ectopic pregnancies and treating the condition as professionally and as quickly as possible.
Whenever a doctor fails in this duty, and the patient suffers injury, and as a direct result of that failure, an ectopic pregnancy misdiagnosis claim can be filed. Examples of doctor shortcomings include:
- Failure to detect the ectopic pregnancy when the symptoms present
- Any unnecessary delay in the diagnoses that cause the patient to require more invasive surgical procedures than necessary
- Misdiagnosis of the condition entirely, for example, interpreting the symptoms to mean a miscarriage, not an ectopic pregnancy
- Failure to do the right tests
- Misinterpreting of test results like blood tests and scans
- A surgical error like excising the wrong fallopian tube
- Insufficient post-operative check-ups and future pregnancy care.
Examples Of Ectopic Pregnancy Misdiagnosis Claims Settlements And Verdicts
- $1.2 million was awarded to a plaintiff whose radiologist misdiagnosed her pregnancy as ectopic and recommended her obstetrician terminate the pregnancy. It was later discovered that the pregnancy was not ectopic, but that was after the methotrexate had been administered. As a result, the baby was born with multiple congenital disabilities and died three months later.
- $55,000 was awarded to a plaintiff whose ectopic pregnancy wasn’t diagnosed or treated on time, causing the surgeon to excise her Fallopian tube.
How Much Compensation Payout Can I Get For An Ectopic Pregnancy Medical Malpractice Suit?
The wide-ranging effects of an ectopic pregnancy, physically, mentally and emotionally, make it difficult to pin down a specific figure, but a lot of settlements and verdicts in the plaintiff’s favor are usually six digit numbers or higher.
Ultimately, there is no one right way to determine the compensation you deserve; consulting a personal injury lawyer will give an idea of what to expect.