One of the most confusing areas in medical malpractice cases can be injuries which occur during a gynecological procedure. In many instances these cases will turn on the actions of the doctor and whether the doctor fell below the standard of care during the procedure.
The best way to get a better understanding of this is through an example. A patient went her doctor to have a gynecological procedure done. The procedure was a dilation and curettage (D&C).
As the doctor was performing the procedure the bowel was perforated. The doctor did not notice the perforation and did nothing to repair the perforated bile. The patient was then closed up and eventually released.
After the procedure the patient complained to the doctor regarding abdominal pain and was reassured that this was just the normal process after surgery. However, a couple of days passed and the patient was rushed to the hospital. It was here that is was discovered that the patient’s bowel had been cut and the patient had been leaking fluid into her abdomen. This fluid had caused a massive infection in the patient and she eventually died due to sepsis.
As was mentioned above, one of the main issues in these types of cases is did the doctor notice the error and what was done about it? If the doctor did not notice the error and did nothing to try and repair the error, and this is what has caused the patient’s injury, this could be an issue regarding the standard of care.
If you would like to speak to someone regarding your gynecological injury here in Maryland pick up the phone and give us a call. We can be reached at 301-850-4832. We answer questions like yours all the time and we would be glad to listen to your story.