Oregon women may be glad that their obstetrician is not the same as one from a neighboring state who was recently suspended by the state's Department of Health. According to reports, he is considered to be a danger to the safety and health of the public. If the reports about him are true, he could be facing cases of obstetrical malpractice from the patients to whom he owed a duty of care.
Although most birth deliveries result in joyous, life-changing outcomes to American mothers, a tragic few are affected by medical mistakes or negligence.
When a doctor’s negligence results in a birth injury, he or she may eventually have to answer for that conduct before a jury in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Yet some states have established a controversial no-fault fund, possibly to the detriment of that principle of accountability.
Even with the assistance of modern technology, a doctor must remain vigilant in monitoring a woman during the course of her pregnancy. Part of the reason is, surprisingly, a lack of data on medication interactions.