San Francisco Cystic Fibrosis Attorney
Prenatal Misdiagnosis of Cystic Fibrosis in California
Bostwick & Peterson, LLP handles prenatal misdiagnosis claims of all types. If your son or daughter was born with cystic fibrosis, and your obstetrician/physician failed to perform the necessary tests to discover this prior to birth, you may be able to file a lawsuit.
Expecting parents have the right to know the health of their child prior to birth so that they can make the decision as to whether or not to continue the pregnancy. Many parents would prefer to terminate the pregnancy than have their child suffer through life with a devastating condition such as cystic fibrosis. When doctors fail to make this type of diagnosis, and the child is born, experts have begun to classify this as a "wrongful birth."
About Cystic Fibrosis
Cystic fibrosis is an inherited condition characterized by overactive mucous glands. When a fetus has overactive or abnormal mucus secretions, this can result in difficulty breathing and consequently tissue and organ damage. Children born with cystic fibrosis will have the condition for life. This condition also indicates a shortened lifespan.
Tests to Diagnose Cystic Fibrosis Before Birth
There are many screening tests that obstetricians and doctors can conduct to determine the likelihood that parents will conceive a child with cystic fibrosis as well as tests to determine if a fetus has cystic fibrosis in the womb.
Listed below are some of the tests obstetricians can conduct:
- Genetic testing of parents (ex: If both parents carry the cystic fibrosis gene, there's a 25% chance that they will give birth to a child with the disease).
- Blood tests – Most doctors will take blood samples from the mother within her first trimester. These blood samples can reveal "markers" that indicate cystic fibrosis.
- Ultrasounds – These tests allow obstetricians and doctors to detect visible signs of cystic fibrosis, such as mutations that differ from the average fetus. These mutations can also differ by ethnicity of the fetus.
What characterizes a wrongful birth claim?
If we find that your doctor/obstetrician failed to perform their duty of care to you, and you gave birth to a child with cystic fibrosis, then you may have a prenatal misdiagnosis "wrongful birth" claim.
The attorneys at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP can ask questions such as:
- Did the obstetrician perform all necessary prenatal tests?
- Did they perform these tests according to medical industry standards?
- Did they interpret the test results correctly?
Contacting Our Prenatal Misdiagnosis Lawyers
Raising a child with cystic fibrosis can be incredibly expensive when you take into consideration the ongoing medical expenses. In addition to financial expenses, there is also an emotional toll this can take on the parents as well as a reduced quality of living for the child.
If you would like to learn more about prenatal misdiagnosis claims and if you qualify, contact Bostwick & Peterson, LLP today.
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