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Can I Sue If I Was Never Tested For Gestational Diabetes?

Gestational diabetes can develop during a woman’s pregnancy. Sometimes, the pregnancy hormones will not allow the woman to process glucose well, leading to an increase in blood sugar levels. Gestational Diabetes can be both dangerous for the mother and infant. Typically, the test for gestational diabetes is administered between 34 weeks to 37 weeks during a woman’s gestational period. This medical condition is one of the most common issues that develop during a woman’s pregnancy.

The way the test works is by drinking a glucose substance of 50G of sugar and having the mother’s blood drawn after one hour. The results of the test will show how well the mother’s body reacts to processing sugar. If the mother fails the one-hour test, the doctor will most likely order the mother to take the 3-hour glucose test. The 3-hour glucose test will determine if the mother has gestational diabetes or not. Once a doctor learns that a mother has gestational diabetes, he or she has to take certain steps to treat the mother like referring her to a nutritionist who will explain what foods she will need to eat and avoid, along with learning how to take insulin (if needed).

Now, if a doctor never orders a woman to take the gestational diabetes test and she or the baby suffers an injury because of the physician’s omission, then the mother can pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit against the physician. Not treating gestational diabetes can create many harms to the mother or infant. Every physician is required to screen an expectant mother for GD even though she does not fall in any of the risk factors associated with gestational diabetes. When the physician is negligent and does not screen the mother, the Tampa medical malpractice lawyers can help the mother file a lawsuit against him or her.

Dangers Linked to Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes has been linked to many problems for the baby and mother. The following list will provide some health issues that can arise when a mother does not have her gestational diabetes treated:

  • Premature Delivery
  • Macrosomia (Large baby)
  • High-risk pregnancy
  • Hemorrhage
  • Uterine rupture
  • Neonatal Hypoglycemia
  • Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Neonatal Seizure
  • Neonatal Jaundice

With early treatment, these health issues could be reduced. Likewise, an ultrasound will usually be performed close to the delivery date to ensure that the baby is not too large to pass through the mother’s birth canal. If no test is ever done for gestational diabetes, then a doctor will not treat the mother and possibly be the cause for any of these dangers.

Not Being Screened for Gestational Diabetes in Tampa

If a mother was never tested for gestational diabetes and her baby or the mother experiences any of these health issues, the mother can take action against the negligent physician.  Every pregnancy woman must be tested for gestational diabetes because it is a health condition that is very common in most pregnant woman. Percy Martinez Law Firm helps victims who were cared for by a negligent doctor and endured injuries in Tampa. They will work alongside a medical expert to determine whether a medical malpractice took place.

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