California Prenatal Misdiagnosis Attorney
Failure to Diagnose Birth Defects & Genetic Disorders
Only parents of children born with birth defects and genetic disorders
can understand the pain and hardship these situations present. Parents
hope the world for their children, which is why they are often so devastated
when they hear the news that their child has a debilitating birth defect.
Most parents want to know about these defects prior to their child's
birth, and some want to know so that they can stop the pregnancy.
If your child was born with a birth defect such as spina bifida, cystic
fibrosis, or downs syndrome and your doctor failed to make the diagnosis,
you may have a prenatal
Common Types of Prenatal Misdiagnosis
Many conditions, birth defects, and genetic disorders can have a significant
impact on a child's quality of life. Listed below are some of the
most common and commonly tested for:
This genetic disorder is caused by an extra chromosome and results in both
physical and mental impairments. Doctors can use ultrasounds, blood tests
and other prenatal screening tests to identify if a fetus is affected
by downs syndrome.
Like Downs Syndrome, cystic fibrosis is a lifelong disease. Doctors can
test for cystic fibrosis even before parents conceive by administering
a blood/saliva test to both parents. Because cystic fibrosis is inherited,
blood and/or saliva tests should show if either parent carries the cystic
This condition literally means "split spine." There are three
major types of spina bifida, some more serious than others. Ultrasounds,
AFP tests and amniotic fluid tests should be sufficient in most cases
to detect if a fetus is affected by this condition.
Other commonly misdiagnosed genetic disorders are sickle cell disease,
fragile X syndrome, and thalassemia.
Do you have a prenatal misdiagnosis lawsuit?
In the obstetrics field of the medical industry, obstetricians are held
to a certain standard of care. Part of this standard of care is performing
the necessary prenatal screening tests to determine the fetus' health.
If your obstetrician/doctor has failed to do this or do this appropriately,
you may have a claim. At Bostwick & Peterson, our California prenatal
misdiagnosis lawyers will ask questions like:
- Did your physician perform all the necessary prenatal tests?
- Was their interpretation of those tests accurate?
Was the misdiagnosis/
failed diagnosis the result of a blatant oversight?
- Did prenatal testing conform to accepted industry standards?
For more information on prenatal misdiagnosis and to learn if you have a claim,
contact Bostwick & Peterson today at (415) 275-3115 or fill out of
free case evaluation form.