Obstetrician Hospitalist Partnerships May Reduce Malpractice

Mistakes on the part of a gynecologist can pose significant dangers and cause serious harm to both the mother and the child. If you or your loved one has been hurt as a result of OBGYN medical malpractice, you need to reach out to a seasoned Baltimore medical malpractice lawyer who can analyze your case. You can rest assured that we are committed to helping you obtain the compensation you rightfully deserve for your harm.

Hospitalists play an important role in health care. A hospitalist is a dedicated in-patient physician who works exclusively in a hospital. An obstetric or OBGYN hospitalist is an obstetrician and gynecologist physician who is either an employee or an independent contractor whose duties include providing care for laboring patients and managing obstetric emergencies. Hospitalists aim to reduce the confusion of a hospital stay and guide patients through their treatment.

According to Dr. Mark Simon, chief medical officer of the OB Hospitalist Group, when physicians partner with hospitalists, the risk of malpractice can decrease because tired and overworked OBGYNs can take a night off and have their patients be treated by a competent medical professional. This also helps with burnout issues and can mitigate malpractice lawsuits. In fact, one large health system that partnered with an OB hospitalist group cut its severe harm events by 31 percent.

OBGYN mistakes can happen in a variety of ways, including but not limited to:

  • Mistakes during labor and delivery;
  • Negligent hysterectomies;
  • Complications related to abortions;
  • Failures to order proper tests;
  • Improper prenatal care during pregnancy;
  • Fetal distress;
  • Birth injuries.

Unfortunately, OBGYN malpractice is quite common in Maryland and across the United States. If you have been injured by an OBGYN’s negligence, you can potentially recover damages through a malpractice claim. To win in a malpractice claim, the plaintiff must prove the following four elements:  i) the physician owed the patient a duty of care; ii) the physician breached the duty of care; iii) the physician’s breach was a direct cause of the injuries; and iv) the plaintiff(s) suffered quantifiable damages as a result. Every one of these elements must be established before any monetary damages can be recovered.

Like every other state, Maryland has a stringent timeline for medical malpractice claims. The statute of limitations in the state is five years from the time that the injury was suffered, or within three years of the date the injury was found out, whichever is earlier. If you fail to file the claim within this time frame, you may lose your right to compensation altogether.

If you were unexpectedly injured by labor or delivery negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. At Arfaa Law Group, our skilled Baltimore medical negligence attorneys are skilled in handling the complexities presented by each case. With years of experience, we are dedicated to holding careless medical professional responsible for the damage that they cause. To have one of our lawyers review your case, do not hesitate to call us at 410-889-1850 or contact us online.

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